Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 5th March 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 5th March 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud cover, limited visibility
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
It's... snowing
wind condition
N 3-13m/s (Hirafu); 18m/s (Annupuri)
Limited
This report
Thursday 5th March 2015, 8:31am
15cm
Wednesday 4th March 2015, 8:12am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 8:11am 3cm
Monday 2nd March 2015, 8:32am 3cm
Sunday 1st March 2015, 8:35am 0cm
Saturday 28th February 2015, 8:35am 10cm
Friday 27th February 2015, 8:45am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 66cm
Current month (March 2015) total: 21cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 1023cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 5th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

So yesterday I think I might have mentioned that we were expecting some snow.

And this morning we are the proud recipients of a good 15cm of new snow on the ground. It is still snowing now with snow forecast on and off during the day today and perhaps tomorrow as well. It's staying relatively mild and just under the zero mark.

Mountains are covered in cloud and I suspect more limited visibility the higher you get. And talking about higher up on the mountain...

Northerly wind is affecting lifts at the start of the day unfortunately, with all of Annupuri not opening yet and top lifts at the other three areas on standby. The forecast tells of less strong winds later on today, so hopefully that situation will change. Keep an eye on the latest from the resorts there...


That aside, it should be a good morning.

Have fun and take care.

Calmer and clearer weather conditions are still forecast for the coming weekend. Back to snow early in the week perhaps.

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As we are now into March, things are starting to feel a bit quieter. Or am I imagining that? No, don't think so.

Still, I can still say at this point that there is just over two month of ski season left here.

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Resort specific news as of 8:30am - subject to change during the day

Niseko Grand Hirafu:
Top Ace Number 4, King Number 4, Ace Number 3, King Number 3 and Swinging Monkey on hold due to winds.

Niseko Hanazono:
Top Hanazonon Number 3 lift on hold due to wind.

Niseko Village:
Gondola and top Wonderland lift on hold.

Niseko Annupuri:
All lifts on early hold due to wind conditions.

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Niseko Avalanche Report

Niseko base 6am: -1C, 15cm snowfall in 12 hours. Moiwa 800m: NNW15m/s, 20cm of fresh with large snowdrift development. Annupuri 1000m snowpack 320cm. Hirafu peak: N21.2m/s, -8.1C. Benkei cape: ENE10m/s, Kamui cape: ENE5m/s, 1006hPa, 2.4m waves. Mikaeri cat track 700m: 45cm of unstable & heavy snowdrifts. Potential trigger layer: March 4-5th low-pressure system snowfall.

A northerly wind picked up since pre-dawn and snowdrifts are developing, notably in the western areas. Avalanche risk is high in western slopes above 700m. Peak gates will be closed. Knoll (convex) terrain are typical avalanche terrain, better not stimulate these slopes. The snow in the trees is in good shape.
Surface slab avalanche are still likely to occur in open steep south facing slopes above treeline of Chisenupuri and Nitonupuri. Carefully choose your touring route. Better not traverse wide-open slopes. Customers’ safety must be the number one priority for all commercial tour operators. Please be safe. The snow condition is getting better.

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Official resort snow depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Base - 140cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 300cm
Base - 180cm

Niseko Annupuri:
Top - 370cm
Base - 180cm

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Lifts open for night skiing:

Niseko Grand Hirafu
Ace Family Pair lift, Ace Number 2 Center Four lift, Hirafu Gondola, Holiday Number 1 Pair lift

Niseko Hanazono Resort
No night skiing at the Hanazono area

Niseko Village
Community Chair and Banzai Chair

Niseko Annupuri
Jumbo Number 1 Quad

Floodlit night operations are due to continue until Sunday 22nd March.

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Niseko Grand Hirafu 6 day weather and snow forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:31am on Thursday 5th March 2015
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind affecting some lifts - see main report for more details

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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 5th March 2015
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
5th March 15cm 12cm 10cm
4th March 0cm 5cm 10cm
3rd March 3cm 10cm 15cm
2nd March 3cm 0cm 10cm
1st March 0cm 0cm 5cm
28th February 10cm 3cm 5cm
27th February 5cm 0cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 36cm 30cm 57cm
Previous 14 days total 66cm 70cm 157cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm 123cm 118cm
December observed snowfall total 519cm 275cm 418cm
January observed snowfall total 257cm 461cm 443cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 178cm 316cm
March observed snowfall total 21cm 113cm 164cm
April observed snowfall total - 13cm 32cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 2cm
Season observed snowfall total 1023cm 1163cm 1493cm
Niseko Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Niseko Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
30cm
[30cm]
519cm
[549cm]
257cm
[806cm]
196cm
[1002cm]
21cm
[1023cm]
-
[1023cm]
-
[1023cm]
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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