Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 7th March 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 7th March 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-13°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
2-13m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Friday 7th March 2014, 8:16am
25cm
Thursday 6th March 2014, 8:20am 4cm
Wednesday 5th March 2014, 9:01am 12cm
Tuesday 4th March 2014, 7:36am 5cm
Monday 3rd March 2014, 9:00am 10cm
Sunday 2nd March 2014, 9:10am 0cm
Saturday 1st March 2014, 8:01am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 56cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (March 2014) total: 56cm
2013/2014 season so far total: 1093cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 7th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

A very good morning from Niseko.

And yes it is another good one as I have about 25cm of fresh snow to report. It is good and cold as well, and snow is continuing to fall from the skies making visibility less than great on the slopes, but conditions should make up for that. I am beginning to like this early March!

Less exciting is the moderate wind again today which at the moment looks to be affecting the following lifts:

Annupuri: Gondola, Jumbo 4
Village: Wonderland chair
Hirafu: Ace 4, King 3, King 4
Hanazono: Hanazono Number 3

As always, that can change with the conditions so lets hope they can get those top lifts moving, but looking at the forecast we can perhaps expect windy conditions for the next few days. (The good news is that we can also expect snow and cold temps too!)

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9:20am update

More lifts closed as the winds try to spoil things.... Annupuri is completely closed, with the Ace 3 and Swinging Monkey lifts not moving at Hirafu and the Hanazono Number 2 lift also stationary. Keep an eye on the official site for real-time updates.

Take a look at the report below - extreme avalanche risk. Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -8C, stormy, 35cm of snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 600m: 40cm of snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: W15m/s, large development of snowdrifts, -14C. Hirafu 1000m: 40cm of new snow, -13C. Peak 1308m: W14.1m/s, -16.9℃. Coastal data: cape Benkei NW18m/s, cape Kamui W13m/s, 2.8m waves, 1010hPa.

The low-pressure system has grown as powerful as a Typhoon and generating a very strong winter pressure pattern. The ocean and the mountains are under a heavy storm, making snowdrifts develop drastically. According to observations and snowfall transition, the avalanche risk in Niseko range and the surrounding mountains is extreme. Peak gates will be closed. Stay away from steeps, cornices and knolls above treeline. Snowdrifts have piled up to 200cm in thickest zones. Heavily developed cornices are extremely unstable and would trigger an avalanche as they fall. Potential sliding layer is March 3rd layer, which has become a weak hoar layer due to large temperature change, and can easily let go the slab above it. The surface slab is thick, heavy and very unstable. Most accidents are caused by stimulating developing snowdrifts (slabs). Mountain conditions are ever-changing. It can be safe one day but totally change to extreme conditions the next day.

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Official snow depth numbers and lift news at time of writing:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 380cm
Base - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 380cm
Base - 200cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 7th March 2014
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open, some lifts likely affected by wind

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5th March 12cm 10cm -
4th March 5cm 10cm -
3rd March 10cm 15cm -
2nd March 0cm 10cm -
1st March 0cm 5cm -
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Previous 14 days total 71cm 122cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 275cm 418cm -
January observed snowfall total 461cm 443cm -
February observed snowfall total 178cm 316cm -
March observed snowfall total 56cm 164cm -
April observed snowfall total - 32cm -
May observed snowfall total - 2cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1093cm 1493cm 0cm
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275cm
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118cm
[118cm]
418cm
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443cm
[979cm]
316cm
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164cm
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32cm
[1491cm]
2cm
[1493cm]
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