Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 17th March 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 17th March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Sunny blue skies
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Excellent
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This report
Sunday 17th March 2019, 8:25am
6cm
Saturday 16th March 2019, 8:28am 1cm
Friday 15th March 2019, 8:30am 5cm
Thursday 14th March 2019, 8:34am 1cm
Wednesday 13th March 2019, 8:30am 1cm
Tuesday 12th March 2019, 8:30am 1cm
Monday 11th March 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 15cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 915cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 17th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko and I have news this morning.

Fresh snow! The report below is reporting 5-10cm in different areas and I can add 6cm to my observed snowfall. Hurray!

And there's lovely blue skies above us too at the start of the day.

Early tracks should be best before the sun gets to it and warms things up to low positive numbers. I wonder if there might be 10+cm up top...

More sunshine is expected tomorrow too.

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Country Road Chair lift at Niseko Village fans.

Yes, it's open now. Bit lazy that lift, isn't it, but let's hope it can have something of a spring workout...

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At Niseko Grand Hirafu, the 'Technical Prize Test' will be held on today. While that test happens part of the Furiko Course will be closed to the public. They'll open that up again once the event is finished.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain Base 6.00am: -2°, 3cm new snow. Moiwa 800m: -5.5°, NW5.10m/s, 5cm new snow. Mikaeri Junction: 10cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1100m: -8.3°, NNW4.40m/s, snow depth 250cm. Hirafu 1000m: -7.8°, NW5.4m/s. Kutchan Weather Station: 7.2°, snow depth 119cm, WNW1.0m/s. Coastal data: Benkei Cape:NNE7m/s. Kamui Cape: light winds, pressure 1015hPa, wave 0.7m.

The mountain is covered with fresh snow again. Above 800m in leeward forested areas there is 10-15cm of soft snowdrift development. The snow quality will deteriorate as the day warms but early on the snow will be good. Be careful of old tracks and hidden objects under the snow. From observation the general avalanche risk is low, however on open steep slopes and knolls, shallow avalanches will easily occur, take care. To avoid getting caught in a full depth avalanche do not spend time in the valley bottoms. Avalanches are a natural occurrence and only become an accident if people are involved. Have a good day.

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Ski resort operation information: Sunday 17th March 2019
Subject to change due to weather conditions

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 340cm
- Base: 130cm

Ski lifts operating:

- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day (Ace Number 1 pair and King Number 2 quad rested)
- The Ace Family quad (until 8:30pm), Ace Center 4 quad (8:20pm), Hirafu Gondola (until 8:10pm) and Holiday Number 1 pair (until 8:30pm) lifts are normally open during the evening

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 244cm
- Base: 175cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Hanazono lifts are normally currently open until 4:20pm

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Niseko Annupuri
Plans to be open until Monday 6th May 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day
- The Jumbo 1 lift is normally open until 8:30pm during the evening

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Niseko Village
Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April 2019

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 290cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operating:
- All lifts opening as normal at the start of the day. Even the Country Road Chair!
- The Upper Village Gondola, Village Express and Banzai Chair lifts are normally open until 8:00pm during the evening

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Night time operations are available in the Niseko Grand Hirafu, Niseko Village and Niseko Annupuri resort areas. Until Wednesday 20th March 2019.
There is no nighta at the Niseko HANAZONO resort area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:25am on Sunday 17th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All is opening as planned at the start of the day

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Sunday 17th March 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th March 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2018/2019
*as of Sunday 17th March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
17th March 6cm 5cm 0cm
16th March 1cm 3cm 0cm
15th March 5cm 0cm 0cm
14th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
13th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
12th March 1cm 5cm 0cm
11th March 0cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 13cm 2cm
Previous 14 days total 15cm 26cm 65cm
November observed snowfall total 84cm 188cm 110cm
December observed snowfall total 333cm 406cm 181cm
January observed snowfall total 285cm 305cm 152cm
February observed snowfall total 198cm 299cm 160cm
March observed snowfall total 15cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 915cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 17th March 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
15cm
[915cm]
-
[915cm]
-
[915cm]
2017/2018 season - 188cm
[188cm]
406cm
[594cm]
305cm
[899cm]
299cm
[1198cm]
49cm
[1247cm]
13cm
[1260cm]
0cm
[1260cm]
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
83cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
0cm
[688cm]
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
6cm
[992cm]
0cm
[992cm]
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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