Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 4th March 2017

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Saturday 4th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
W 2-6m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Varied generally fair
This report
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:44am
1cm
Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 22cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 1cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 606cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Saturday 4th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Just a slight snowfall to report this morning along with colder conditions as well which is good.

There is just about enough for me to very kindly award 1cm to the report this morning. Within my own strict self-imposed guidelines, I'm feeling generous!

Generally cloudy skies.

Temperatures should be keeping quite cold through the coming week with just a bit of snow on the forecast at times, perhaps the best chance of something being around Tuesday.

When we get into March and on the way to 'spring' (I still don't like using that word yet, it's too early!), it is often the case that there'll be none or little snow down here at base but more higher up on the mountain. That seemed to be the case yesterday; I really enjoyed it out there and was happy to find some fresh snow. I also feel that once we get into this part of the season it is best to expect 'spring' rather than mid-winter conditions -- and then potentially be positively surprised when things surpass that. They often can. It's a cunning plan, and actually it works. For me, anyway.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -6℃, light snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.9℃, WSW9m/s, 10cm snowdrifts. Annupuri1150m: -13℃, W6m/s, 10cm snowfall, 30cm snowdrifts, 220cm snowpack at 1000m elevation. Hirafu1250m: -12℃, light snowfall with snowdrift developments. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: W7m/s, 1012hPa, 2.1m waves.

After the warm air inflow on March 2nd, a cold air mass rolled in and made a layer of ice and hoar (March 3-4th), making 40°slopes prone to avalanches in the current conditions. The newly formed snowdrift slabs at 800m elevation seemed relatively stable during this morning’s impact test, however unstable activities are still to be highly expected in leeward slopes between 750 and 1100m elevation. Do not enter south facing strictly off-limits areas. Gates are scheduled to open. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions. Beware of falling into cracks, collisions and sudden weather changes.

Many of the accidents occur during and just after storms. There are many things we can all learn from last week’s accident. Think about it and remember how and in what situations it all happened.

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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 are open as planned this morning.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 4th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 130cm

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 8:44am on Saturday 4th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas open as normal at the start of the day

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 4th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
4th March 1cm 1cm 0cm
3rd March 0cm 9cm 3cm
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
Previous 7 days total 22cm 62cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 125cm 51cm
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 1cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 606cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 4th 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]
1cm
[606cm]
-
[606cm]
-
[606cm]
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]
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