Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 28th March 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 28th March 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
NW
visibility condition
Decent
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This report
Thursday 28th March 2019, 8:32am
3cm
Wednesday 27th March 2019, 8:34am 2cm
Tuesday 26th March 2019, 8:34am 0cm
Monday 25th March 2019, 8:16am 1cm
Sunday 24th March 2019, 8:26am 18cm
Saturday 23rd March 2019, 8:31am 4cm
Friday 22nd March 2019, 8:28am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 28cm
Last 14 reports (total): 40cm
Current month (March 2019) total: 43cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 943cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 28th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Good morning from Niseko... and I have some more snow to report. 3cm of it down by base along with some pleasingly cold conditions.

Right now there is a lot of cloud but there are some patches of blue sky around as well. The next few days should be bringing us mostly a mix of cloud and sun with perhaps the chance of some more light sprinklings of snow at times.

Wind might well be an issue again this morning so if you are planning on being out today do keep an eye on that info.

Updated: top lifts are on hold again.

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Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -4℃, 2cm snowfall. Moiwa800m: -7.7℃, NNW7.25m/s, cornice and snowdrift developments. Annupuri 1100m: -10.8℃, W7.6m/s, 250cm snow depth. Hirafu 1000m: -10.3℃, NNW7.1m/s, Hirafu peak cat: -10℃, strong wind and slight snowfall. Kutchan weather station: -3.6℃, S0.7m/s, 87cm snow depth. Benkei cape: NNW14m/s, Kamui cape: WNW8m/s, 1005hPa, 1.4m waves.

Steep atmospheric pressure gradient generating strong westerly wind on the ocean and mountains. Snowfall is scarce but snowdrifts are present in some places. Surface slab avalanche risk is relatively low. The snow above 800m elevation is good due to low temperature, however will turn sticky as the temperature rises and the crystals starts to melt.

The snowdrifts depth under the ridgeline is shallower than regular years and the glide avalanche hazard level is a little lower than usual, however a shallow glide avalanche is still powerful enough to easily kill a person. Stay away from the valley bottoms in order to avoid those slides.

Spring storms make drastic snowdrifts development and can be the cause of avalanche accidents. A slide occurred in Nakasatunai, Hidaka range in March 14th 1965 and killed 6 people who were resting in a snow cave at the bottom of the valley.

Always remember that many of the avalanche accidents occur during or just after storms, no matter the season. The mountain base is shifting to Spring, but Winter persists in high elevation. Have a great day.

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Ski resort operation information: Thursday 28th 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: 330cm
- Base: 100cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Top lifts affected by wind
- Ace Number 1 pair, King Number 4 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: 235cm
- Base: 147cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Top lift affected by wind
- 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: 260cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Gondola, Jumbo Number 2, 3 and 4 pair lifts 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: 260cm
- Base: 90cm

Ski lifts operation news:
- Community Chair and Wonderland lifts closed
- Plans to be open until Sunday 7th April

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Thursday 28th March 2019
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Update: wind affecting top lifts

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Niseko Now reports up until Thursday 28th March 2019
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Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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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 Thursday 28th March 2019
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
28th March 3cm 0cm 6cm
27th March 2cm 0cm 0cm
26th March 0cm 0cm 0cm
25th March 1cm 0cm 1cm
24th March 18cm 0cm 1cm
23rd March 4cm 0cm 2cm
22nd March 0cm 0cm 6cm
Previous 7 days total 28cm 0cm 16cm
Previous 14 days total 40cm 8cm 16cm
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 43cm 49cm 83cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 943cm 1260cm 688cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 28th 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]
43cm
[943cm]
-
[943cm]
-
[943cm]
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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