Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 2nd March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 2nd March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Overcast, bright, light blue-ish skies in places
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
N 5-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Thursday 2nd March 2017, 8:28am
0cm
Wednesday 1st March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 28th February 2017, 10:37am 0cm
Monday 27th February 2017, 8:16am 3cm
Sunday 26th February 2017, 8:32am 18cm
Saturday 25th February 2017, 8:49am 19cm
Friday 24th February 2017, 8:31am 13cm
Last 7 reports (total): 53cm
Last 14 reports (total): 97cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 605cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 2nd March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning!

It was all a little too warm yesterday and unfortunately we had to endure a bit of rain in the afternoon yesterday and, it appears, overnight. I decided to stay indoors but thankfully it seemed to be only light rain. I wonder if it managed to snow high up.

Anyway, this morning it is mild and overcast - and not raining. It is going to be another mild day though, before temperatures drop tonight and tomorrow should be colder. Perhaps with some fresh snow to fall...

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A look back at February 2017 and the season so far

So, how was your February?

Before I start with my short commentary let me again make it clear that I personally have enjoyed the last month very much and I have met many fine people on the ski lifts enjoying their holidays here. And that’s what it’s all about!

As part of my duties doing these reports, though, I need to look a look back at the numbers and compare them to our own (high) standards. Remember, I have no control over the numbers – I just report what I see, so I’m dealing with what nature delivers.

The first few days of February 2017 month started off rather promising with a run of days with decent snowfall, but then we hit a rather prolonged dry spell and it was only in the last ten days or so of the month when we got back to regular snowfall. One thing that struck me on looking back at the numbers was that there wasn’t one day in February when I recorded over 20cm of snow here at base.

The Niseko marketing machine of course boasts about the quality, quantity and consistency of snow to attract people here. And they do it very successfully too! Last season Niseko enjoyed more frequent snowfall than lots of other regions of Japan, and some of them enjoyed being able to make a point about that. I have spoken to a few people visiting Niseko over the last few months who chose to come here because they had noticed that other popular regions were relatively dry last season.

Looking at the numbers from other regions this time round though, to some extent that situation seems to have switched this season. (It does seem to be the case though that even if they got decent snow, it often got milder than usual in between the snowfalls. That's the impression I have been getting anyway, I may be wrong. We're a bit mild here too right at the moment, but generally it often keeps cold in Niseko even when it isn't snowing).

Perhaps it may well similarly 'switch' again next season, who knows.

Personally, I’d be happy if everyone just got tons of regular snowfall and there was none of the ‘we got more than you’ kind of rivalry!

Anyway, I’ll leave the words for now and just go over the numbers themselves. Snowfall at base, as observed first-hand by myself:

February 2017: 160cm
February 2016: 266cm
February 2015: 196cm
February 2014: 178cm
February 2013: 316cm

Here are the updated numbers showing the total observed snowfall from the beginning of the season until the end of February over the last handful of seasons:

2016/2017 season until the end of February 2017: 605cm
2015/2016 season until the end of February 2016: 877cm
2014/2015 season until the end of February 2015: 1002cm
2013/2014 season until the end of February 2014: 1037cm
2012/2013 season until the end of February 2013: 1295cm

And if we look at that number as a percentage of the total snowfall for the whole season:

2016/2017 % of total season snowfall by end of February 2016: ** remains to be seen **
2015/2016 % of total season snowfall by end of February 2016: about 88%
2014/2015 % of total season snowfall by end of February 2015: about 87%
2013/2014 % of total season snowfall by end of February 2014: about 89%
2012/2013 % of total season snowfall by end of February 2013: about 87%

It’s interesting how that percentage is almost identical every season!

And here are the actual observed snowfall numbers for March and April over recent seasons:

March 2016: 109cm
March 2015: 139cm
March 2014: 113cm
March 2013: 164cm
April 2016: 6cm
April 2015: 3cm
April 2014: 13cm
April 2013: 32cm

Remember... at base.

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As a further reference point, here are the numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency have recorded in Kutchan Town for February and the season so far:

February 2017: 173cm
February 2016: 210cm
February 2015: 167cm
February 2014: 130cm
February 2013: 228cm

2016/2017 season until the end of February 2017: 741cm
2015/2016 season until the end of February 2016: 698cm
2014/2015 season until the end of February 2015: 825cm
2013/2014 season until the end of February 2014: 804cm
2012/2013 season until the end of February 2013: 900cm

Again, I find it interesting (and somewhat puzzling) how those readings are showing numbers that are larger than mine – and indeed larger than last season.

There’s just over two months to go with the last lifts of the season planned for Sunday 7th May.

I’ll be here with you every day right up until that last day.

And then I’ll have a nice long lie-in on Monday 8th May.

And on Tuesday 9th May.

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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 planned at the start of the day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 2nd March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 335cm
Base - 145cm

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

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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.

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Thursday 2nd March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas appear to be opening as planned early on

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent Niseko Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd March 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 2nd March 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd 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 Thursday 2nd March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
2nd March 0cm 22cm 3cm
1st March 0cm 10cm 0cm
28th February 0cm 0cm 10cm
27th February 3cm 20cm 5cm
26th February 18cm 18cm 10cm
25th February 19cm 10cm 10cm
24th February 13cm 7cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 53cm 80cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 97cm 124cm 48cm
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 0cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 605cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 2nd 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
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
0cm
[605cm]
-
[605cm]
-
[605cm]
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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