Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 11th March 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:50am on Friday 11th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's still snowing!
wind condition
0 - NW 3m/s (Hirafu)
Limited in places
This report
Friday 11th March 2016, 7:50am
12cm
Thursday 10th March 2016, 8:45am 12cm
Wednesday 9th March 2016, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 8th March 2016, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 7th March 2016, 8:31am 0cm
Sunday 6th March 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Saturday 5th March 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 66cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 943cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Friday 11th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all from my secret base here in Hirafu and - just like yesterday - there's 12cm of fresh snow to report since I last posted. Nice.

It ended up snowing through lots of the day yesterday and with the Avalanche Report saying 20cm of snow up at Moiwa and I'm hearing similar from Grand Hirafu staff on mountain, it should be a good morning.

Things are keeping nice and cold as well and feeling suitably winter-y this morning and decent snow falling as I write this. With more snow expected today and tomorrow as well, hopefully there'll be another decent number to report tomorrow and conditions should be good for the start of the weekend.

Today is one of those rare days when I'm going to try and get first tracks in. So hope to see you out there.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas look set to be opening as planned this morning.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6.00am: -6°C, calm, 15cm new crystal snow. Moiwa 838m: -9.2°C, NE1.0m/s, 20cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Hirafu Ridgeline: -10°C, 15cm new snow, calm. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Annupuri 1150m: W15m/s, 15cm new snow, snowdrift development. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:W5m/s. Kamui Cape NW6m/s, 1015hPa, wave 1.1m.

Atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and below 1100m weather is calm. Take care on western sides of the mountain above 1100m (Osawa, upper levels of Kozan no sawa), the developing snow drifts are forming slabs. There is possibility of surface slab avalanches up to 30cm thickness on steep slopes fracturing on Mar 9th layer. Some areas of the mountain are completely bare of new snow, exposing the icy Mar 9th layer, take care slipping in these areas. Snow below 1000m is good in the trees and old surface completely buried in new snow. All peak gates are expected to open. Out of bounds areas are not managed. Listen to the patrols advice before leaving the ski area. Wind is expected to pick up around noon again. Be careful of a sudden change in weather. The mountains are back to winter conditions. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 11th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 380cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Village
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 370cm
Base - 160cm

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Lifts planned to be open for night skiing:

Nighta will be open every day until Monday 21st March 2016

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift
(There is no night skiing at the Hanazono area)

Niseko Village:
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri:
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 7:50am on Friday 11th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report

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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 11th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
11th March 12cm 10cm 5cm
10th March 12cm 0cm 6cm
9th March 0cm 0cm 10cm
8th March 0cm 0cm 20cm
7th March 0cm 6cm 25cm
6th March 0cm 0cm 4cm
5th March 0cm 15cm 12cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 31cm 82cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 62cm 100cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total 66cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 943cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 11th March 2016
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 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
66cm
[943cm]
-
[943cm]
-
[943cm]
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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