Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 7th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 7th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, fog
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at times, easing off
wind condition
S 2-4m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Saturday 7th March 2015, 8:35am
6cm
Friday 6th March 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Thursday 5th March 2015, 8:31am 15cm
Wednesday 4th March 2015, 8:12am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 8:11am 3cm
Monday 2nd March 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Sunday 1st March 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 27cm
Last 14 reports (total): 72cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 27cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1029cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 7th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Ah, here we are at another weekend. The weeks just whiz by don't they.

Thick fog up top apparently and a few lifts not going to be operating at the start of the day due to very poor visibility apparently. The Gondola at Hirafu also is going to be a bit delayed due to some kind of maintenance. Hopefully that will get going quickly.

Some new somewhat wet snow on the ground this morning - I make it 6cm - and light snow has still falling but not much is expected and it will very probably finish up this morning. Definitely limited visibility out there though, even lower down on the mountain.

It feels rather mild too this morning.

We will likely see some sun tomorrow and it will get a bit warmer.

Tuesday through until the end of the week is looking quite tasty at the moment with some significant snowfalls and cold weather lined up on the forecasts. Let's hope that arrives unchanged.

In the meantime, be sure you know where you're going and have a funtastic Saturday.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top King Number 4 and Ace Number 4 lifts on hold due to poor visibility. Hirafu Gondola set for a late start due to some maintenance.

Niseko Hanazono:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Village:
Plans to be open as normal this morning.

Niseko Annupuri:
Top Jumbo Number 4 lift may not be moving early due to poor visibility.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: 0C, 5cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: SE5m/s, 10cm snowfall with moderate snowdrift development, poor visibility, -3C. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 325cm. Hirafu 1000m: mild wind & snow, poor visibility, 5cm snowfall, -5C. Peak 1308m: S2.3m/s, -6.3C. Benkei cape SSW2m/s, Kamui cape ENE4m/s, 1025hPa, calm sea.

The wind is calm under the high-pressure system and a humid snow has blanketed the mountain due to warm air inflow. The wind has slowly drifted snow in knolls and steep slopes above 700m; surface slab slides up to 20cm are likely to occur. Those slides may be thin, but the snow is heavy and is powerful enough to carry a person to the bottom. Potential failure from March 7th layer. The snow in the trees has been partially recovered and in good shape during the morning.
Refrain from riding the valley bottoms. Climax (ground) avalanches hazard, as well as creek holes, are present in Osawa and Kozan no sawa (Backbowl). When falling into creeks, the stream could easily drag you downstream and drown you under snowbridges. Do not traverse open steep slopes under cornices, it could easily trigger a slide. Peak gates are expected to open if the visibility improves. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Still a long way before the end of the season, have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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Night skiing will continue until Sunday 22nd March.
Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 7th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas look to be open at the start of the day, a few lifts affected by poor visibility conditions

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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  2014/2015
*as of Saturday 7th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
7th March 6cm 25cm 0cm
6th March 0cm 4cm 0cm
5th March 15cm 12cm 10cm
4th March 0cm 5cm 10cm
3rd March 3cm 10cm 15cm
2nd March 3cm 0cm 10cm
1st March 0cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 27cm 56cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 72cm 71cm 122cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total 27cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1029cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 7th March 2015
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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
27cm
[1029cm]
-
[1029cm]
-
[1029cm]
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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