Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 5th March 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 5th March 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow currently
wind condition
Windy SE
visibility condition
Varied, poor in places and likely to decrease
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This report
Thursday 5th March 2020, 8:30am
5cm
Wednesday 4th March 2020, 8:35am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd March 2020, 8:20am 6cm
Monday 2nd March 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Sunday 1st March 2020, 8:30am 4cm
Saturday 29th February 2020, 8:23am 3cm
Friday 28th February 2020, 8:24am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 55cm
Current month (March 2020) total: 15cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 674cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 5th March 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all.

OK so this morning it is feeling pretty mild, there is some snow on the ground - I am measuring 5cm - we have windy conditions and limited visibility.

At the start of the day, all top lifts are on hold, as are all three gondolas. At the moment almost all other lifts are moving but it's not the most friendly of conditions. That lift situation may well change and so if you are planning on venturing out, an advanced check is highly recommended. Extra caution needed.

I would like to make mention that the Avalanche Report below is reporting 20cm of fresh, as is Niseko Grand Hirafu for upper levels. So it sounds like there's a fair bit more up top than down here low.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base: 0℃, 20cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: SSE 158°4.3m/s, -2.1℃, storm. Annupuri 1100m: SE 121°9.6m/s, -4.6℃. Yu no sawa: S 162°5.1m/s, -4.2℃. Village 900m: SE 138°7.1m/s, -3.5℃. Hirafu 1000m: S 174°11m/s, -4.3℃. Hanazono 720m: S 176°5.6m/s, -2.4℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: S13m/s, Kamui cape: E 3m/s, 1003hPa, 0.6m waves.

Stormy condition due to a passing low-pressure system. A southerly wind picked up at night, 15+m/s gust is blowing above 1000m elevation. Heavy snowdrifts are drastically developing up to 1m thickness in places and are extremely unstable. The avalanche risk is extremely high today. High elevation gates will be kept closed. The snow below 400m elevation is wet but unaffected by the wind. Lower elevation gates may open, however sun-affected, east/south/west aspect, slopes can slide from Feb 29th layer at 20-30cm thickness. Caution is required in open steep slopes, knolls and under cornices. Do not stay put in gully terrain. Naturally triggered avalanche of 20cm thickness has been observed in 500m SW facing slope. It may not be a deep slide, but runs fast and snow is heavy.

Hazardous conditions is forecasted to go on until tomorrow. Please be careful.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 5th March 2020

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 120cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 215cm
- Base: 130cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 185cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 110cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Village Express until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Thursday 5th March 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts and gondolas on hold at the start of the day

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*as of Thursday 5th March 2020
2018/2019
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2017/2018
Season
5th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
4th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd March 6cm 0cm 14cm
2nd March 0cm 0cm 9cm
1st March 4cm 0cm 0cm
29th February 3cm 0cm 3cm
28th February 0cm 0cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 3cm 29cm
Previous 14 days total 55cm 9cm 112cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total 143cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total 15cm 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 674cm 951cm 1260cm
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2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
15cm
[674cm]
- -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
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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