Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 21st March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, increasingly blue skies and sun
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
E 1m/s - W 6m/s (Hirafu)
Very good
This report
Monday 21st March 2016, 8:32am
3cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 4cm
Last 14 reports (total): 57cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 99cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 976cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 21st March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

And I have a bit more snow to report this morning. 3cm of it according to my measuring stick, all of it coming down apparently early morning so it's as fresh as can be. It was still snowing earlier on but has been clearing up and there's now an increasing amount of blue skies to be seen and the sun is shining down. It feels like it is going to be a fine day, even if the forecast doesn't promise much in the way of sun.

Keeping quite cold as well which is good, currently just under zero.

It's the last nighta of the season this evening. Always a bit sad to talk about things closing, but then again the lifts during the day are scheduled to continue until early May so there's still a lot of the season left.

I think I am right in saying that many (most) Japanese don't know what Easter is, and they certainly don't have it as a holiday here. Having said that there will be more overseas guests here over the coming week (I think) for that particular holiday.

Hope that the weather and snow co-operates for you all! Hopefully we'll get a bit of light snowfall at times during the week.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -4℃, 3cm snowfall, calm. Moiwa 800m: -7℃, 5cm snowfall, light wind and no snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge: -10℃, light snowfall. Coastal data Benkei cape: N9m/s, Kamui cape: N4m/s, 1016hPa, 1.1m waves.

A weak winter pressure pattern has brought 3-10cm of new snow this morning. Wind stayed calm and snowdrift development is minimal. Shallow surface slab slides are to be expected in steep slopes of all elevation, please be careful. Even smallest of avalanches are powerful enough and should not be underestimated. Do not rest on top of cornices as they could collapse far beyond expectations.

The cracks are getting larger and new ones are forming on a daily basis. Always keep in mind of them before dropping in a slope. Stay away from valley bottoms as in order to avoid giant spring slides. Full depth avalanches are extremely destructive and run through a very long distance. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of the gates. Peak gates are scheduled to open today. Just a thin blanket of new snow on top of bumpy hard snow, take it easy and have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Monday 21st March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Today is the last day for 'nighta' this season. Kanashii!

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 8:32am on Monday 21st March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts opening as planned at the start of the day.
Today is the last day for 'nighta' evening floodlit skiing.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Monday 21st March 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 21st March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
21st March 3cm 0cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 4cm 0cm 9cm
Previous 14 days total 57cm 85cm 55cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total 99cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 976cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st March 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
99cm
[976cm]
-
[976cm]
-
[976cm]
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]
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