Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 24th March 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 24th March 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Kind of generally overcast at the moment
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now, possible flakes at times
wind condition
NW 8m/s (Hirafu)
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Friday 24th March 2017, 7:49am
1cm
Thursday 23rd March 2017, 8:04am 2cm
Wednesday 22nd March 2017, 8:31am 6cm
Tuesday 21st March 2017, 8:31am 0cm
Monday 20th March 2017, 8:03am 0cm
Sunday 19th March 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Saturday 18th March 2017, 8:09am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 11cm
Current month (March 2017) total: 74cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 679cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 24th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning Niseko fans.

Anyone get to enjoy yesterday? I was a bit annoyed that I had to miss it actually.

A trusted friend of mine told me conditions were rather good out there, especially in higher areas where there was more fresh than down at base. Not a massive amount, but surprisingly good snow quality for late March. Another person I know (who has a marketing hat stitched to his head) was seemingly getting a bit carried away with his version of conditions - 'best ever', apparently, which I found rather funny. Take your pick!

There's 1cm more fresh snowfall on the ground and it's nice and chilly early morning. Overcast conditions generally - dull in some directions but a bit brighter in others.

It does look like things are generally going to be getting a bit warmer in the coming week according to the forecasts (though not alarmingly so if they are correct), featuring more 'sun' than 'snow'.

There's surely not going to be much fresh snowfall left in the season, so I feel a duty to go out and make the most of it when we get some (and when I can!) - early lifts for me!

Have a good day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base : -2°, trace new snow. Moiwa 800m: -6.3°, W5m/s, 5cm new snow, minor snowdrift development. Annupuri 1150m: -10°, W8m/s, 10cm new snow, snowpack 230cm. Hirafu 1250m, -10°, N10m/s, 8cm new snow. Coastal data: Kamui Cape: ENE2m/s, 1014hPa, wave 0.9m, Benkei Cape NNE6m/s.

There is a strong northerly wind at higher elevations however below 800m winds are light and there is little noticeable snowdrift development. The wind is slowly dropping and it expected to be a good day. All gates are expected to be open. Note that around 1000m elevation shallow slab avalanche will easily trigger on steeper(40 degree) slopes. Avoid traversing and riding in groups on steep slopes. Do not wait in the valley bottoms.

Avalanches are a natural occurrence and happen when the conditions are right. They only become an accident if people are involved. Wearing a beacon is not mandatory but is recommended. If you or someone else is buried, it gives you one more tool to help in finding and rescue them.

Take care hitting trees or other obstacles, or falling into cracks. Wearing a helmet is also good idea. Snow is good, springtime mountain.

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Resort specific opening news at time of writing (subject to change during the day):

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
Resorts will likely be opening as planned this morning... though it looks like the Ace Number 2 Center Four lift might be delayed.

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Official resort snow depths as of Friday 24th March 2017:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 330cm
Base - 125cm

Niseko Village
Top - 295cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 230cm
Base - 130cm

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Planned closing dates
Niseko Grand Hirafu plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.
Niseko Hanazono plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April.
Niseko Village plans to be open daily until Sunday 2nd April (and then from 28th April until 7th May).
Niseko Annupuri plans to be open daily until Sunday 7th May.

Night time floodlit operations have now finished for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 24th March 2017
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts should be opening as planned, though be aware the Ace Number 2 quad might be delayed (maintenance?)

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 24th March 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
24th March 1cm 1cm 6cm
23rd March 2cm 4cm 0cm
22nd March 6cm 0cm 1cm
21st March 0cm 3cm 0cm
20th March 0cm 1cm 0cm
19th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
18th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 9cm 9cm 7cm
Previous 14 days total 11cm 50cm 92cm
November observed snowfall total 110cm 61cm 30cm
December observed snowfall total 181cm 244cm 519cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 303cm 257cm
February observed snowfall total 160cm 266cm 196cm
March observed snowfall total 74cm 109cm 139cm
April observed snowfall total - 6cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 679cm 992cm 1144cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 24th March 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season 2cm
[2cm]
110cm
[112cm]
181cm
[293cm]
152cm
[445cm]
160cm
[605cm]
74cm
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
-
[679cm]
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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