Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 9th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 9th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Good snow falling at the moment
wind condition
SW 5m/s - W 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Generally rather poor
This report
Thursday 9th March 2017, 8:31am
14cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 50cm
Last 14 reports (total): 103cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 50cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 655cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 9th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning.

There's more fresh snow to report this morning, so following on from yesterday today should also be very nice out there on the mountain.

14cm on the ground and more adding to it as snow is falling at a fair rate as I write this report. It's not likely to see the day out though and tomorrow and over the weekend we can probably expect slightly milder conditions. We shall see.

A few top lifts are affected by wind at the start of the day - more on that, as always, below.

Limited visibility out there at the moment. Go out prepared and have fun!

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base: -6℃, 15cm snowfall. Moiwa 800m: -8℃, 20cm snowfall. Annupuri 1150m: -13℃, W15m/s, 20cm snowfall. Hirafu peak: -11℃, W10m/s, 20cm snowfall. Sea of Japan Kamui cape lighthouse: SW9m/s, 997hPa, 1.4m waves. Benkei cape: NW12m/s.

The snowdrifts are stabilizing as they grow, however caution is required in areas, such as the Backbowl’s 1000m elevation, where the wind affected the slabs development. All gates are scheduled to open. Remember to stay away from valley bottoms.

The strictly off limits areas were set because they were necessary in order to set the new Rules. The riding of the other out of bounds areas was guaranteed in exchange to those off-limits areas. Many people deny the Rules, saying it’s just local unofficial rules, while they, consciously or unconsciously, reap benefit from those Rules. It is those kind of interpretation that made the number of people riding the Haru no Taki area rise.

We beg to all of you who go to Haru no Taki, please refrain from going there. There are good reasons for having that place restricted. Your track will lead others to follow it and eventually end up in an accident. Mizuno no Sawa is open because it is being controlled, however the next valley, Haru no Taki is not controlled. The risk out there is very high today.

4 generations of local Omichi family are participating to the Mayor’s cup ski tournament in Moiwa on the 19th. 84, 54, 30 and 6 y/o. Omichi family is leaving a remarkable track in the Japanese Ski Realm. Skiing/snowboarding is not just about powder snow. Have a nice day.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
The top Ace Number 4 and King Number 4 lifts are on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.

Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Hanazono appears to be open as planned at the start of the day.

Niseko Village
The top Wonderland Chair lift is on hold at the start of the day.

Niseko Annupuri
Annupuri appears to be open as planned at the start of the day.


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Official resort snow depths as of Thursday 9th March 2017:

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

Niseko Village
Top - 315cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 315cm
Base - 160cm

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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 8:31am on Thursday 9th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

A few top lifts affected by wind early on

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9th March 14cm 0cm 0cm
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
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Season observed snowfall total 655cm 992cm 1144cm
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2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
50cm
[655cm]
-
[655cm]
-
[655cm]
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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