Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th March 2013

Niseko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 29th March 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
2-8m/s (Hirafu)
Pretty good
This report
Friday 29th March 2013, 8:01am
0cm
Thursday 28th March 2013, 8:44am 0cm
Wednesday 27th March 2013, 8:30am 0cm
Tuesday 26th March 2013, 10:01am 10cm
Monday 25th March 2013, 8:38am 0cm
Sunday 24th March 2013, 9:04am 4cm
Saturday 23rd March 2013, 9:03am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 47cm
Current month (March 2013) total: 153cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1448cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 29th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

An early report this morning before the lifts get going.

It's a cloudy start to the day here. Temps dipped to just below freezing overnight and at the moment it is around 0 degrees here in the Hirafu base area. There's doesn't seem to be much of a wind this morning here so fingers crossed all of the lifts will be open as planned, though the report below is saying that there's stronger winds above 1000m and the forecast is telling us to expect windier conditions later on from around lunchtime. It's also saying that the clouds might clear up as the day progresses too...

For all of those interested in the Kutchan town official snowfall numbers that we have been following... March 2013 is currently on 116cm. So easily beating last season when the number was 79cm, but not as good as the two seasons before when we got over 2m of snow in Kutchan. As I always mention, this is Kutchan, not the resorts - where there's considerably more as per reported here each day. When the new SnowJapan site goes online soon, there'll be some more interesting numbers to take in and compare... oh, what a tease I am.

:)

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Official Resort Snow Depths

Grand Hirafu & Niseko Hanazono
Top - 485cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Annupuri
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 250cm

Niseko Village
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 200cm

Avalanche Information:

Niseko base 6am: -1C, no new snow, cloudy. Peak Data: not available. Coastal data: wind WNW11m/s, 0.8m waves, pressure 1011hPa. Annupuri peak predicted windspeed at noon: W15m/s.

A weak cold front moved through and snow surface is refrozen. Above 1000m there has been a strong westerly wind, however there has been no significant snow drift development. General avalanche risk is low. All peak gates are expected to open at 9.30am.

On steep slopes around 900m, such as Mikaeri Bowl, many more cracks are opening and existing are widening, as tension is relieved in the slope. From now the risk of full depth avalanches, starting around 900m-1100m, is increasing. Steep open slopes with no trees show evidence of past avalanche activity. Do not ride these slopes as there is strong likelihood they will slide again with devastating consequences for anyone caught in their path.

As the mountain turns to spring, the snow becomes more difficult to ride. Group leaders need to plan safe routes to avoid bad snow. Don't overestimate your skills or experience, have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Friday 29th March 2013
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All resort areas now open for the season. Further details in report.

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December observed snowfall total 418cm - -
January observed snowfall total 443cm - -
February observed snowfall total 316cm - -
March observed snowfall total 153cm - -
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