March outlook: blue skies, more snow

By 6th March 2010 August 27th, 2013 Uncategorized

MARCH is here, so what can we expect from the weather? The Siberian high-pressure system which brings us the almost endless days of powder through mid-winter starts to lose its intensity, but it’s not like once we tick over into the month it all just turns off.

The first couple of weeks generally have weather little different to that experienced in late February. Great falls of snow can still be expected throughout the month and the mountain averages about 2m of snowfall, an amount most ski areas would be happy enough to receive in the coldest month.

The days are getting longer, the sun starts to appear more, and most importantly there’s a total lack of crowds competing for fresh tracks after a big dump. It’s a bit like Niseko used to be back in the old days, before it was discovered internationally.

Temperatures start to climb but remain below freezing until the end of the month. For the most part though, the upper mountain remains in the firm grip of winter.

By the end of the month it’s spring conditions, but good snowfalls are still possible into early April. If the continuous snow and cold of mid-winter doesn’t overly appeal, then March is the time to visit with plenty more blue sky days to enjoy the powder. – The Don

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