Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 12th March 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 12th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing still!
wind condition
0 - W 3m/s (Hirafu)
Limited
This report
Saturday 12th March 2016, 8:34am
24cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 48cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 90cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 967cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:34am on Saturday 12th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

What a lovely Saturday morning it is.

I don't mean that the sun is out and it's clear blue skies... no, we have 24cm of fresh snow on the ground here at Hirafu base and surely more than that up on the mountain. Just about right that isn't it, 20+cm. Fantastic to see so much snow overnight and here on the 12th March, must admit I was not expecting this.

There was a hint of sun just bit earlier on, but right now it's back to snowing with limited visibility.

The skies might just clear up though during the day today.

It does look likely to get a bit warmer from tomorrow - sunshine tomorrow morning? - but there is some more snow lined up on the forecast for Monday-Tuesday.

We can't escape the fact that it is indeed approaching mid-March now so spring is inevitably going to start winning through sometime soon.

In the meantime though, it's a fab mid-winter like morning here now!

I hope you can get to enjoy it.

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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, light winds, 25cm new snow. Moiwa 838m: -8.9°C, light winds, 30cm new snow. Mikaeri: 35cm new snow, no snow drift development. Annupuri 1000m: snowpack 300cm. Hirafu Ridgeline: -11°C, light winds, 20cm new snow. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNW10m/s. Kamui Cape W5m/s, 1020hPa, wave 1.0m.

Atmospheric pressure gradient is shallow and winds are calm. However cold air at higher elevations is continuing to produce snow. From observation there is no notable snowdrift development. Under 1000m avalanche risk is low. On north faces, steep slopes above 1200m and leeward cornice slopes the slab on top of the Mar 9th layer is stabilsing, but due to the increased weight from the continued snowfall these slabs could fracture from sudden stimulation, such as a cornice breaking, fracturing up to 50cm. Avoid riding in the valley bottoms-> this is the avalanche path. There are many cracks appearing just below ridgelines, many are hidden by new snow. Use caution. Do not enter strictly off limits areas. Do not duck any of the ropes. All peak gates are expected to be open. Snow in the forest is good. Have a good day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 12th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 395cm
Base - 170cm

Niseko Village
Top - 360cm
Base - 160cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 380cm
Base - 180cm

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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 8:34am on Saturday 12th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts should be open as normal this morning

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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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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 12th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
12th March 24cm 30cm 5cm
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
Previous 7 days total 48cm 46cm 75cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 82cm 105cm
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 90cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 967cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 12th March 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
90cm
[967cm]
-
[967cm]
-
[967cm]
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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