Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 26th March 2016

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 26th March 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
0 - 5m/s (Hirafu)
Excellent
This report
Saturday 26th March 2016, 8:35am
1cm
Friday 25th March 2016, 8:31am 4cm
Thursday 24th March 2016, 7:41am 1cm
Wednesday 23rd March 2016, 8:32am 4cm
Tuesday 22nd March 2016, 8:32am 0cm
Monday 21st March 2016, 8:32am 3cm
Sunday 20th March 2016, 8:38am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 19cm
Current month (March 2016) total: 109cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 986cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 26th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko.

There's just about enough of a dusting for me to feel justified in awarding 1cm to the reports this morning.

It's nice and sunny with lots of blue sky and some interesting looking clouds around. A fine start to the morning.

Looks like we should be getting quite a lot of sun over the next few days at least. Today a high of around 3-4C is forecast, and slightly warmer conditions for tomorrow with lots more sunshine.

I hope there might be some Easter bunnies out on the slopes giving out chocolate eggs (though perhaps not!).

I'll just be happy to see the snow bunnies! :)

I just took a look back at my report from this day last year and noticed that Niseko Grand Hirafu had an official snow depth (upper) of 440cm, and today it is on 350cm. Lower level official numbers were pretty much the same. Interesting. It will be interesting to see how it all lasts this season.

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Today sees that new Hokkaido Shinkansen train line open. Hurray! (Not that I'm going to be using it...)

But anyway, if you are interested in that, I wrote a bit more about it in this report.

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

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Niseko HANAZONO Resort
Niseko Village
Niseko Annupuri
All resort areas appear to be opening as planned at the start of the day.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -1℃, no snowfall. Moiwa 838m: -4.1℃, E5m/s, Annupuri 1000m snowpack 310cm. Hirafu peak ridge: -7℃, some sprinkles without snowdrift. Benkei cape: N6m/s, Kamui cape: no wind, 1018hPa, 0.9m waves.

The wind and snowfall is minimal under the moving high-pressure system. Surface slab avalanche hazard is low, however shallow but wide area slides are to be expected in steep slopes and knolls. Better keep spacing between each skiers. Heavy snowfall was observed in Yoichi-Dake and mountains surrounding Sapporo, however almost none in Niseko. The temperature is forecasted to rise and snow-blocks from cracks may fall. Full depth avalanches may also occur. Better avoid the valley bottoms. Most accidents can be avoided by using precautions. All gates are scheduled to open from the morning. There are Rules for out of bounds riding to respect in Niseko. You may have your lift pass confiscated if you duck a rope, even if you’re not familiar with the Rules. It is your responsibility to know the Rules and we strongly demand all guests to follow them. The snow is not too bad. Have a nice day.

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Official resort snow depths as of Saturday 26th March 2016:

Niseko Grand Hirafu & Hanazono
Top - 350cm
Base - 120cm

Niseko Village
Top - 340cm
Base - 130cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 350cm
Base - 130cm

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Night time floodlit skiing ('nighta') has now finished for the season.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Saturday 26th March 2016
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas opening as planned this morning

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Saturday 26th March 2016
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 26th March 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Niseko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Saturday 26th March 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
26th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
25th March 4cm 20cm 0cm
24th March 1cm 6cm 0cm
23rd March 4cm 0cm 1cm
22nd March 0cm 1cm 1cm
21st March 3cm 0cm 1cm
20th March 1cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 14cm 27cm 3cm
Previous 14 days total 19cm 72cm 11cm
November observed snowfall total 61cm 30cm 123cm
December observed snowfall total 244cm 519cm 275cm
January observed snowfall total 303cm 257cm 461cm
February observed snowfall total 266cm 196cm 178cm
March observed snowfall total 109cm 139cm 113cm
April observed snowfall total - 3cm 13cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 986cm 1144cm 1163cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 26th March 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 3cm
[3cm]
61cm
[64cm]
244cm
[308cm]
303cm
[611cm]
266cm
[877cm]
109cm
[986cm]
-
[986cm]
-
[986cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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