Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 20th March 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 20th March 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-1°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Rain > sleet > snow as you go higher
wind condition
Moderate-strong SW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Friday 20th March 2020, 8:30am
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Thursday 19th March 2020, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 18th March 2020, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 17th March 2020, 8:30am 10cm
Monday 16th March 2020, 8:14am 0cm
Sunday 15th March 2020, 8:16am 0cm
Saturday 14th March 2020, 8:34am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 28cm
Current month (March 2020) total: 52cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 711cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 20th March 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko.

It's not a pretty picture this morning, I'm afraid.

Rain and wind with top lifts, Hirafu and Annupuri gondolas and a few more on hold at the start of the day.

Some areas reporting snow up top and it might be snowing down to base tonight.

It is a national holiday today in Japan and so for many people it is a long weekend.

I'm going to spend my morning sitting this out and taking it easy.

Time for some toast.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 5am: 5℃, 0cm snowfall, light rain. Moiwa 800m: SSW7.9m/s, 0.6℃. Annupuri 1100m: SW 225°7.5m/s, -2℃. Yu no sawa 1000m: W 236°11.2m/s, -1.6℃. Village 900m: S 187°10.7m/s, -0.8℃. Hirafu 1000m: -1.7℃. Hanazono 720m: SE 147m/s, 4.7m/s, -0.2℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: SW4m/s, Kamui cape S19m/s, 984hPa, 1.3m waves.

Rain has persisted under 800m elevation until 4am and 20+m/s gust is blowing above 1000m elevation since 1am. All gates will close today.

Beware of weather changes. Glide avalanche hazard is raising in open steep slopes under 600m elevation.

Pretty extreme conditions today, please be very cautious.

Have a nice day.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Friday 20th March 2020

** Many lifts on hold at the start of the day today - see above **

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 310cm
- Base: 90cm

All lifts are normally operating EXCEPT:
- Ace Number 1 pair lift (normally rested)
- King Number 2 quad lift (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Ace Family quad until 8:30pm
- Ace Number 2 Center Four quad until 8:20pm
- Hirafu Gondola until 8:10pm
- Holiday Number 1 pair until 8:30pm

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Niseko HANAZONO Resort

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 205cm
- Base: 105cm

All lifts are normally operating

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Niseko Annupuri

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 180cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts are normally operating

Lift scheduled for late operations:
- Jumbo Number 1 quad until 8:30pm

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Niseko Village

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 190cm
- Base: 100cm

All lifts normally operating EXCEPT:
- Village Express
- Country Road Chair (normally rested)

Lifts scheduled for late operations:
- Annupuri Village Gondola until 8:00pm
- Banzai Chair until 8:00pm

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Archive report: Posted at 8:30am on Friday 20th March 2020
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

At least top lifts on hold at the start of the day. Gates closed.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Friday 20th March 2020
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th March 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 20th March 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
20th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 10cm 6cm 5cm
16th March 0cm 1cm 3cm
15th March 0cm 5cm 0cm
14th March 3cm 1cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 13cm 13cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 28cm 15cm 25cm
November observed snowfall total 85cm 84cm 188cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 333cm 406cm
January observed snowfall total 224cm 285cm 305cm
February observed snowfall total 143cm 198cm 299cm
March observed snowfall total 52cm 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 711cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 20th March 2020
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 - 85cm
[85cm]
207cm
[292cm]
224cm
[516cm]
143cm
[659cm]
52cm
[711cm]
- -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
84cm
[84cm]
333cm
[417cm]
285cm
[702cm]
198cm
[900cm]
45cm
[945cm]
6cm
[951cm]
0cm
[951cm]
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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