Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 23rd March 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 23rd March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
E 1m/s - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
Good
This report
Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:32am
4cm
Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:32am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 61cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 103cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 980cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 23rd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

What's this? Snow on the ground! I measure 4cm here outside my Hirafu base which I will happily add to the ongoing total and hopefully there'll be a bit more than that up there on the upper slopes. It's not the lightest and most powdery of snow, but perhaps expecting that in the latter part of March is a bit too much. But definitely time for an early morning ride I think.

Currently hovering around zero here at base and it's cloud and blue sky above.

There's still similar kind of snow on the forecast over the next few days so perhaps we'll get some more cm here and there... surely nothing major though.

It does look like we can expect more sun at the weekend and into early next week and slightly warmer temperatures.

It's great to see (some of) the official snow depth numbers actually increasing this morning! Niseko Grand Hirafu have added 10cm, so I think I am going to go and investigate once I get this posted.

See you tomorrow!

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Looks like some lifts are now 'on holiday' and relieved of duties:

The Jumbo Number 3 lift at Niseko Annupuri
The King Number 1 lift at Niseko Grand Hirafu

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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℃, 4cm new snow since pre-dawn. Moiwa 838m: -3.8℃, NE4.2m/s. Annupuri snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge: -6℃, light wind, 2cm snowfall. Benkei cape: NNE8m/s, Kamui cape: N6m/s, 1009hPa, 0.9m waves.

Similar pressure pattern as yesterday, but the westerly wind calmed down and a thin blanket of new snow covers the mountain. Shallow avalanches are to be expected in steep slopes of the Backbowl and Higashi-One as the temperature rises. The snow is little wet and heavy but not in bad shape in the trees. No more deep powder, however the weather is stable and relatively good skiing conditions continues. Stay away from the valley bottoms to avoid full depth slides. Those giant avalanches occurring from Osawa and Backbowl 1100m leeward slopes run for a very long distance and are extremely destructive, cleaning everything on its way. These slides can simply be avoided by not being in the valley bottoms. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. Refrain from ducking ropes, one track left under the rope leads many others to do the same and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen. The purpose of the Niseko Rules is to protect the freedom of out of bounds riding; violators will be severely prosecuted.

Spring is here, have a great day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 23rd March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 360cm
Base - 140cm

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Wednesday 23rd March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd March 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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 Wednesday 23rd March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
23rd March 4cm 0cm 1cm
22nd March 0cm 1cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 8cm 1cm 6cm
Previous 14 days total 61cm 86cm 27cm
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 103cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 980cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 23rd March 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
103cm
[980cm]
-
[980cm]
-
[980cm]
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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