Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 19th March 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 19th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light rain
wind condition
1-13m/s (Hirafu)
Fair (lower), poor upper mostly due to fog
This report
Tuesday 19th March 2013, 8:42am
0cm
Monday 18th March 2013, 8:57am 0cm
Sunday 17th March 2013, 8:52am 2cm
Saturday 16th March 2013, 9:20am 0cm
Friday 15th March 2013, 9:17am 10cm
Thursday 14th March 2013, 9:41am 2cm
Wednesday 13th March 2013, 8:17am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 58cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 108cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1403cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 19th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

And yes, rain happened. This morning it is raining lightly and it's a rather warm 5 degrees here in Hirafu village area.

As you might expect, no new snow to report.

Resorts on the mountain are reporting conditions varying from foggy to sleet and light snow up top this morning.

Poor visibility up top along with moderate to strong winds is preventing some lifts to operate this morning again. It's mostly top lifts and the gondolas at Niseko Annupuri and Niseko Village that are affected.

Wind has been mentioned a fair deal this season in these reports and one comment coming in to SnowJapan was whether that should be mentioned or not. My take on this - and that of SnowJapan - is that... of course it should! Lifts moving or not is a rather important piece of info. It may not be fun having to report things like that, but we're certainly not going to conveniently ignore it. If winds are an issue, we'll report it here. Of course, weather conditions can change at any time during a day and we highly recommend that people check with the resorts for all the latest updates during a day.

Anyway, snow conditions are generally rather hard, icy... and fast!

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 490cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 220cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: 3C, snow melt, light winds. Annupuri peak: -0.5C, above freezing to 800m overnight. Coastal data: wind W13m/s, 0.8m waves, pressure 997hPa.

Peak gates expected to open when fog lifts. However if westerly winds increase there is high possibility lift operation will be suspended. Please respect ski patrols decisions. Dont duck ropes, regardless of location. Once one person ducks a rope others will follow increasing the chances of an accident.

The mountain is changing to spring conditions, the risk of large avalanches is increasing in the valleys. These avalanches start at around 1100m elevation. They initially trigger deep within the snow pack as full depth avalanches, which in turn trigger surface avalanches which gain speed and power as they travel down the valley bottoms. This type of avalanche is the same as the avalanche several years ago that traveled right through the lower section of the Osawa creek(half pipe).

Avoid riding in the creek bottom. Be careful of cornices breaking off and falling into cracks. Ride and traverse one by one. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Tuesday 19th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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