Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd March 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 23rd March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, but some sun right now in places too
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Saturday 23rd March 2019, 8:31am
4cm
Friday 22nd March 2019, 8:28am 0cm
Thursday 21st March 2019, 8:27am 0cm
Wednesday 20th March 2019, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 19th March 2019, 7:47am 0cm
Monday 18th March 2019, 8:25am 0cm
Sunday 17th March 2019, 8:25am 6cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 19cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 19cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 919cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 23rd March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning and good news!

Yes, there's some fresh snow on the ground this morning. I have 4cm of it to report to you and I am hearing possibly close to 10cm on higher areas. That is very good to hear and there will be a race to the top from the people still around (including more folk who have been working for the winter with a bit more time on their hands).

Feels cold too this morning. The early light snow easing off and there's some sunshine at the moment. Looks like changeable weather today and tomorrow with warmer conditions due once again early in the upcoming week.

Anyway, have a good Saturday! I'm going to go check out this new snow.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -7℃, 5cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -9℃, WSW1.9m/s, 5cm snowfall, snowdrifts developed during the night. Annupuri 1100m: -11.8℃, WNW2.3m/s, 250cm snow depth. Hirafu1000m: -11.7℃, N3m/s. Kucthan weather station: -7.4℃, 90cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NW5m/s, Kamui cape: NW6m/s, 1011hPa, 1.5m waves.

A strong cold air inflow with a westerly wind picking up overnight made snowdrifts develop drastically above 800m elevation. 40cm thick surface slab avalanches are to be expected in Osawa and Backbowl SE aspects, leeward knolls and cornice slopes during the morning. Similar hazardous conditions are present in surrounding mountains. Beware. A decent layer of fresh snow has blanketed the tree-runs, however still not quite bottomless powder conditions. Ride carefully. Some cracks are covered and difficult to see.

All gates are scheduled to open. Please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. The mountain is back to winter. Beware of poor visibility and do not ride the valley bottom carelessly. Have a great weekend.

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Ski resort operation information: Saturday 23rd 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: 310cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Ace Number 1 pair, King Number 2 quad and Ace Number 4 pair lift closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 208cm
- Base: 145cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- All lifts open
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Jumbo Number 3 pair lift closed
- Plans to be open until Monday 6th May

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

Official snow depth (reported by resort):
- Peak: 270cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Community Chair closed
- Country Road Chair watch: open!
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Saturday 23rd March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 23rd 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 Saturday 23rd 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 Saturday 23rd March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
23rd March 4cm 0cm 2cm
22nd March 0cm 0cm 6cm
21st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
20th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
17th March 6cm 5cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 5cm 8cm
Previous 14 days total 19cm 14cm 23cm
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 19cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 919cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 23rd 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]
19cm
[919cm]
-
[919cm]
-
[919cm]
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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