Kiroro Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 3rd March 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:24am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Low
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This report
Wednesday 3rd March 2021, 9:24am
65cm
Tuesday 2nd March 2021, 9:13am 19cm
Monday 1st March 2021, 9:27am 0cm
Sunday 28th February 2021, 8:32am 20cm
Saturday 27th February 2021, 8:13am 40cm
Friday 26th February 2021, 7:46am 5cm
Thursday 25th February 2021, 8:12am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 156cm
Last 14 reports (total): 250cm
Current month (March 2021) total: 84cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 1283cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021
The latest Kiroro Now report can be found here

Well we knew there was snow coming but this much was a surprise!

65cm of fresh snow at base level for the 24 hour period and it’s snowing as I type. The biggest snow event for the winter to date!

Temperature is around zero at base level but dropping as low as -9 at higher elevations.

Sadly lift operation is effected by the quantity of snow with only the Yoichi 1 and Nagamine 1 lifts spinning now. The family lift will begin from 10am. Visibility is okay at lower elevations but will vary throughout the day. Winds are calm. Let’s hope the mountain team can power through the mountain safety work necessary to open the Gondola and other chairs later today but I suspect they’ll likely reopen tomorrow!

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In case you missed it yesterday...

Kiroro February Recap

Looking back at the month of February here in Kiroro and it was another great one for snow lovers with 362cm of fresh snow falling across the 28 days, bringing the overall total figure for the season to almost bang on 12 metres. Great season really and it’s a shame we haven’t been doing these SnowJapan reports in previous seasons for accurate statistical comparison. I can say with confidence though that this is the best snow season we have had in at least the last 3 years and it’s a funny feeling (maybe it’s guilt...) for those of us who are here having it all to ourselves without the usual international tourism.

Highlights for February include a monster snowstorm across the 17th, 18th and 19th which delivered over a metre of fresh snow to base level across those 3 days alone. The storm was so big in fact that it did effect lift operations with the mountain team here in Kiroro unable to run all lifts while the snow clearing and mountain safety efforts took place. The days following it were on another level though! And there was also a 40cm day on Saturday the 27th.

Kiroro also hosted the Red Bull Snow Charge on the weekend, a fun event where hundreds of skiers and snowboarders raced down the mountain, partly on foot, and partly on skis and boards, much to the amusement of the spectating crowd. And ‘Visit Akaigawa’ (the local area marketing company), hosted the ‘Akaigawa Snow Fantasy’ illumination and light show event on Friday and Saturday nights just gone. It’s good to see Kiroro still putting on these types of events despite the lack of international visitors. And even better to see the locals turned out in healthy numbers.

On the ski hill, lift operation has remained partial this season with a few lifts standing still, namely Asari 1 and 2 since the beginning of the season, Center Express opening only on weekends and public holidays since Jan, and the Gateway Gondola being replaced by a shuttle bus service. The Sheraton Hotel has also closed early this winter but Yu Kiroro and the Tribute Portfolio remain up and running as per normal.

Life off the mountain is super quiet but relatively normal here in Kiroro, at least by comparison to what we read about happening in other countries in the international news. The Japanese are naturally quite shy and respectful, keeping a natural social distance at all times. Society here is clean, hygienic and mask-wearing here is a norm, even pre-covid. Most people I know are laying low anyway, just to be sure. Sadly, some businesses have closed simply due to lack of business, but many local businesses including restaurants etc. are still running as per normal. There have been some covid clusters in Otaru and also in Niseko, but (touch wood!), we have been covid-free here in Kiroro and long may it continue.

Here’s to a snowy March here in Kiroro and a speedy vaccine delivery to wherever you are!

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Official snow depths:

Peak: 430cm
Base: 300cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Wednesday 3rd March 2021
The latest Kiroro Now report can be found here

Kiroro Now ski lift operation notes:

Yoichi 1, Family, Nagamine 1

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  2020/2021
*as of Wednesday 3rd March 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
3rd March 65cm - -
2nd March 19cm - -
1st March 0cm - -
28th February 20cm - -
27th February 40cm - -
26th February 5cm - -
25th February 7cm - -
Previous 7 days total 156cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 250cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 49cm - -
December observed snowfall total 324cm - -
January observed snowfall total 464cm - -
February observed snowfall total 362cm - -
March observed snowfall total 84cm - -
April observed snowfall total - - -
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 1283cm 0cm 0cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 49cm
[49cm]
324cm
[373cm]
464cm
[837cm]
362cm
[1199cm]
84cm
[1283cm]
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