Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 12th March 2015

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 12th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow and wind
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
5-15m/s (Hirafu)
Poor
This report
Thursday 12th March 2015, 8:15am
30cm
Wednesday 11th March 2015, 8:32am 10cm
Tuesday 10th March 2015, 8:10am 0cm
Monday 9th March 2015, 8:33am 0cm
Sunday 8th March 2015, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 7th March 2015, 8:35am 6cm
Friday 6th March 2015, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 46cm
Last 14 reports (total): 82cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 67cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1069cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:15am on Thursday 12th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Stormy conditions continue in the wider region at the moment.

Loads more snow, my highly scientific measuring methods indicate 30cm of it. Take a look at the Avalanche report below and see 50cm being mentioned... there's a lot of fresh snow out there just now.

How about the wind? I have to post this report a little earlier today and some information is not yet available so I would check with the resorts for the latest. It looks like lower lifts might get to open but top lifts will be taking a rest again at least at the beginning of the day. Hopefully things might start to calm down today (good!) with snow probably going to be falling into tomorrow (very good).

The current situation might not be great for the people who happen to be here right now in the middle of it (if the lifts and gates don't open), but once the bite of this storm passes those folk who decided to be here mid March will be feeling very lucky indeed!

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top lifts expected to be on hold this morning but hopefully lower areas will open.

Niseko Hanazono:
All lifts on hold.

Niseko Village:
Banzai and Community Chair open. Other lifts on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on hold.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -4C, 40cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa Mikaeri Cat track SW7m/s, 50cm new snow with large development of snowdrifts, -6C. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 330cm. Hirafu 1000m: 50cm snowfall, snowdrift development. Peak temp -8.6C. Benkei cape: WNW19m/s, Maui cape WSW19m/s, 994hPa, 3.1m waves.

Strong storm with heaviest snowfall of the season. 50cm surface slab avalanches are likely to occur in leeward slopes with heavy snowdrift deposit above 500m altitude. The avalanche risk is extreme in the Niseko range and the surrounding peaks. All gates above 800m will be closed. The snow is wind-affected & heavy. You may be stuck if you ride down to the bottom of the valleys without proper equipment. Cornices have grown over 10m in some places and are highly likely to collapse with the slightest stimulation. Falling cornices could trigger a large avalanche. No avalanches are alike, but the current condition is similar to Satsunai river No.10 creek accident in the Hidaka range that occurred on the 13th March 1965. This avalanche ran for 3km from the ridgeline, burying 6people to death who were bivouacking inside a snowcave. Better stay away from the valley bottom today. The snow is good, but heavy and deep in the trees. Beware of falling into hidden cracks.

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Official resort snow depths:


Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 470cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 190cm

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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 8:15am on Thursday 12th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind will very likely be affecting operations again today

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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 12th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
12th March 30cm 5cm 2cm
11th March 10cm 5cm 15cm
10th March 0cm 6cm 10cm
9th March 0cm 10cm 17cm
8th March 0cm 20cm 0cm
7th March 6cm 25cm 0cm
6th March 0cm 4cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 46cm 75cm 44cm
Previous 14 days total 82cm 105cm 101cm
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 67cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1069cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 12th 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]
67cm
[1069cm]
-
[1069cm]
-
[1069cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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