Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 17th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 17th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, sun, cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
N 4-7m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 17th March 2017, 8:30am
0cm
Thursday 16th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 15th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Tuesday 14th March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 13th March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 12th March 2017, 8:06am 0cm
Saturday 11th March 2017, 8:30am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 65cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 670cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 17th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning folks!

And how are you on this lovely Friday morning. All Friday mornings are lovely, aren't they?

As you may well know, Monday is 'Vernal Equinox Day' or spring equinox - and a national holiday. That makes this coming weekend a three day long weekend. I'm sure that won't make much difference with overseas visitors, but there'll probably/maybe be more of the local crowd out on the slopes. Things often get just that bit quieter after this holiday also.

Anyway, so what's happening this morning? Well, there's a dusting of snow on the ground here at base - very much a thin dusting, so no new cm. The Avalanche Report is also reporting just track snow from it's measuring points.

The sun is out and there's lots of blue sky with some cloud. So yes, a lovely Friday morning.

The forecast isn't showing much sign of snowfall so perhaps we should expect none and just be pleasantly surprised if and when we do get some.

As things stand we are expecting generally fine conditions over the weekend.

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Oh yes, I just noticed, nighta finishes on Monday. So 4 more days of nighta. (That sounds kind of odd!)

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Thanks to everyone reading the reports by the way. I know that most of you have probably already been and gone for the season - or are not even visiting Niseko at all this season - but I am told there are still literally thousands of people reading my reports every day.

Perhaps you are just wondering how I can fill them in each day if there's not much happening! I must admit I have the same thoughts on some mornings, but there almost always seems to be something to talk about!

Whatever, I will continue posting reports every day right through until Sunday 7th May.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -4.2°, NW3.3m/s, trace no new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6°, NNW7m/s, trace new snow. Hirafu 1250m, -7°, light winds, no new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: light winds, 1017hPa, wave 1.1m.

With no new snow for the last 5 days snow conditions on the mountain can be described as hard. From observation general avalanche risk is low. All gates are expected to be open. Snow conditions will get softer as temperature rises during the day and riding will get better. With the temperature rising the avalanche risk also increases. Cornices collapsing can start block avalanches, in steeper cliff areas where the snowpack is tending to creep and crack, full depth avalanches are also a possibility. Do not wait in valley bottoms or at the bottom of steep slopes. Do not enter south facing strictly off limits areas. Always follow Niseko Rules to ensure your continued freedom to ride out of bounds.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as normal this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 17th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 135cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 155cm

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Night skiing is planned until Monday 20th March 2017 at the Niseko Annupuri, Niseko Grand Hirafu and Niseko Village resort areas. There is no nighta in the Hanazono area.

Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 17th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas are opening as normal this morning

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 17th March 2017
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Friday 17th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
17th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
16th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
15th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 0cm 0cm 20cm
13th March 0cm 5cm 25cm
12th March 0cm 24cm 30cm
11th March 2cm 12cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 2cm 41cm 85cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 54cm 106cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 65cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 670cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
65cm
[670cm]
-
[670cm]
-
[670cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
[1144cm]
0cm
[1144cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
123cm
[123cm]
275cm
[398cm]
461cm
[859cm]
178cm
[1037cm]
113cm
[1150cm]
13cm
[1163cm]
0cm
[1163cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
118cm
[118cm]
418cm
[536cm]
443cm
[979cm]
316cm
[1295cm]
164cm
[1459cm]
32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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