Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 8th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 8th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, sun
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier snow eased off
wind condition
SW 2m/s - W 4m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Good
This report
Wednesday 8th March 2017, 8:30am
26cm
Tuesday 7th March 2017, 8:31am 9cm
Monday 6th March 2017, 8:19am 0cm
Sunday 5th March 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Saturday 4th March 2017, 8:44am 1cm
Friday 3rd March 2017, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 2nd March 2017, 8:28am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 36cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 641cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Wednesday 8th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And a good morning to you all!

And it most certainly is a very good morning. It feels like a long time since I have reported over 20cm in one report, but happily today is one of those days.

26cm since my last report.

Really nice quality snow too. Oh yes!

It is surely going to be a great day, and the lines of people waiting for early lifts on this March morning show how excited we all are.

Actually right now there's some blue sky appearing through the clouds, and the sun is shining through in places, casting big shadows in others. Changeable conditions early on, will be interesting to see if we get any more today...

Anyway, I hope you can be here to enjoy this! Have fun and take care.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -10℃, 20cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -14℃, W8m/s, 40cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Hirafu 1250m: -12℃, 20cm snowfall with snowdrifts. Kamui cape lighthouse: SW5m/s, 997hPa, 1.3m waves. Benkei cape: W7m/s.

The wind is calming down but snowdrifts are still slowly developing. 30cm of good snow can be found below treeline. Snowdrifts are growing, however no notable layer activities has been observed and it seems the general avalanche risk is low. All gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions.

We suggest paying more attention to slabs as a whole rather than just the layers. Layers can be found everywhere anytime. Avalanches occur in slopes with snowdrifts that became slabs. The wind or the sun can affect the cause of these slabs formations. If fissures appear when you run into a snowdrift, it is a red signal, or might even be too late. Fissures instantly transmit through a wide surface and triggers a slide.

Many of the accidents have occurred during or just after storms. Pay good attention to the past weather transition. The snow conditions changes everyday. Better not stay put on a steep slope, ride simultaneously or traverse knoll terrain and under cornices. Epic snow conditions this morning. Have a great day.

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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 areas should be open as normal this morning. I want first lift. Make way!

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Official resort snow depths as of Wednesday 8th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

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 8:30am on Wednesday 8th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All open. Looks fab.

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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 8th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
8th March 26cm 0cm 0cm
7th March 9cm 0cm 6cm
6th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
5th March 0cm 0cm 15cm
4th March 1cm 1cm 0cm
3rd March 0cm 9cm 3cm
2nd March 0cm 22cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 36cm 32cm 27cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 97cm 72cm
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 36cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 641cm 992cm 1144cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 8th March 2017
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 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
36cm
[641cm]
-
[641cm]
-
[641cm]
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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