Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 21st March 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 21st March 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Blue sky, cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Windy
visibility condition
Very good
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Saturday 21st March 2020, 8:32am
4cm
Friday 20th March 2020, 8:30am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 32cm
Current month (March 2020) total: 56cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 715cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 21st March 2020
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Morning from Niseko.

Strong winds overnight - I was relieved to see my house remained in place, was worried at times - and it remains windy this morning.

There is actually some fresh snow but the wind means that numbers are probably all over the place. I see Hirafu appear to be reporting 15cm of fresh on their upper area and the Avalanche report is mentioning 10cm.

Really nice blue skies with some (fast moving) cloud but the wind is causing issues with lifts. As of 8:30am:

- the three lifts at Hanazono are not opening
- all top lifts on hold
- Village and Annupuri gondolas on hold
- All but the Community and Bandai chair lifts at Niseko Village are closed

Lower areas seem to be opening but the situation may change. Hopefully tomorrow should be calmer.

Take care out there.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Mountain base 5am: 2℃, 10cm snowfall in 12h. Moiwa 800m: NW 320°10.1m/s, -1.3℃, sunny. Annupuri 1100m: W 268°12.6m/s, -6.3℃. Yu no sawa: NW 293°3.7m/s, -6℃. Village 900m: W 282°5.4m/s, -5.3℃. Hirafu 1000m: -5.8℃. Hanazono 720m: WNW 295°4.7m/s, -1℃. Sea of Japan Benkei cape: NW16m/s, Kamui cape: WSW14m/s, 1000hPa, 3.4m waves.

The low pressure has passed however the wind remains strong. The wind peaked around midnight and stayed strong until 5am, averaging 15+m/s. Cornices and snowdrifts have developed drastically in leeward slopes. According to observations, reports and tests, 60cm thick snowdrifts are present in leeward knolls above 800m elevation and are extremely unstable, prone to slide with minimal stimulation. Avalanche risk is very high today and the gates will be kept closed. Rapid thaw is also making the glide avalanche hazard level rise in open steep slopes under 600m elevation. Do not cross boundary ropes to access out of bounds areas.

We demand understanding and respect of the Rules. It may be sunny, but the mountain conditions are quite treacherous. Be prudent and have a nice day.

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Planned ski resort operation information: Saturday 21st March 2020

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 330cm
- 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: 209cm
- Base: 110cm

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 8:32am on Saturday 21st March 2020
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts affected by wind. 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 Saturday 21st 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 Saturday 21st 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
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  2019/2020
*as of Saturday 21st March 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
21st March 4cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 14cm 12cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 32cm 15cm 14cm
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 56cm 45cm 49cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 715cm 951cm 1260cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 21st 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]
56cm
[715cm]
- -
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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