Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 20th March 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Sunday 20th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, some blue sky appearing
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow, probably about to ease off
wind condition
NE 3m/s - N 10m/s (Hirafu)
Limited higher up
This report
Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:38am
1cm
Saturday 19th March 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Friday 18th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 17th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 16th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Tuesday 15th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 14th March 2016, 8:47am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 1cm
Last 14 reports (total): 54cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 96cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 973cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Sunday 20th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from here in Niseko.

And after the rain, there's a little bit of snow to report... there's just about enough for me to record 1cm of fresh to the report. I think 9mm deserves a 1cm, ne?

That's nowhere near enough of course to cover up the frozen and 'hard and lumpy' (as the Avalanche report puts it) conditions out there this morning. So take care, it's not soft and fluffy.

As I write this report it's snowing a bit but the sun is actually shining through my window as well and I can see some patches of blue sky. Might it actually clear up? Currently the temperature is hovering just above zero here at base.

The forecast is looking quite interesting though with what looks like the chance of regular light snow over the coming week and temperatures should keep fairly low, if not mid-winter low (but we can't really expect that in the second half of March).

So there is a chance that I will be bringing you some fresh snowfall numbers in the coming days.

Night operations plan to finish tomorrow night so just two more changes.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3 and King Number 3 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds and poor visibility.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
The top Hanazono Number 3 lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The Niseko Gondola and top Wonderland Chair lifts are on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
The Annupuri Gondola and top Jumbo Number 4 lift are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -3°C, trace new snow. Moiwa 838m: -5°C, E6.6m/s, trace new snow. Annupuri 1150m: -6°C, N15m/s, trace new snow, hard icy snow surface below new snow. Hirafu Ridgeline: -6°C, moderate NE winds, trace new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NE13m/s. Kamui Cape ESE3m/s, 1013hPa, wave 2.0m.

The rain has stopped and a moderate atmospheric pressure gradient is causing strong northerly winds at higher elevations. Weather has improved however expect intermittent flurries and cooler temperatures today. Be careful riding this morning, yesterdays warm wet snow has frozen and is hard and lumpy. There are some snow drifts formed though.
From observation, except for small scale slabs, the risk of surface avalanches is low. However the risk of large scale full depth avalanches is increasing. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms.

Peak gate openings are yet to be decided and are subject to lift operations. Today's snow conditions are difficult judge while riding, so take extra care. The surface is very hard and could hurt if you take a fall. If you can't walk to the gates by yourself, we recommend you stay inbounds. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Sunday 20th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 345cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Sunday 20th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts affected by weather

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*as of Sunday 20th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
20th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 2cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 0cm 0cm 1cm
16th March 0cm 0cm 3cm
15th March 0cm 0cm 2cm
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[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
96cm
[973cm]
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[973cm]
-
[973cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
139cm
[1141cm]
3cm
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0cm
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[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]
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