Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 10th February 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:56am on Thursday 10th February 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:56am on Thursday 10th February 2011
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Only a dusting of snow overnight and this morning there's been a mix of light snow and sunshine. Although we haven't had much snow for a number of days now at least it has remained cold and the snow up on the mountain is still in pretty good condition. The slopes off the peak especially will still have some really nice snow and plenty of fresh tracks still to be had. There's still some good snow lower down off-piste but it is getting pretty tracked out and sun facing slopes will be crusty.
There is a band of precipitation just to the west of us currently and this is expected to cross the region a little later this morning so we will see more snow today which should continue through tomorrow.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 360
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 200

Annupuri:
Top - 315
Bottom - 220

Avalanche Information:

All gates scheduled to open this morning, please follow the ski patrol's instruction.
Annupuri peak 6am: -12.5 ℃, N3.6m / s. The wind seems to have calmed down and is hovering around 5-10m / s northwesterly at the peak. Some flakes have fallen from early morning, however not sufficient to recover the tracks . No big change in the snow-pack can be observed. Crusty surface and patches of wind-drifted snow are mix-present in south facing slopes. 15-20cm of fresh snow brought by past southwesterly high winds can be found in the eastern area , but the snow underneath that layer is relatively hard-packed. Good snow condition can still be found in low elevation treeruns, however sun-affected tracked-out slopes have refroze and is in a tricky condition. Carefully remain in controllable speed and beware of hitting trees. Whether there are numerous tracks and a lot of people out there, everybody must be conscious that areas outside the gates is outside the resort management; it is purely an uncontrolled / unsupervised winter mountain area. Please don't take things too easily and seriously reconsider the risks involved skiing in those areas. Better not underestimate the dangers of Winter Mountains; consequences can be way bigger than you think.

Archive report: Posted at 9:56am on Thursday 10th February 2011
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts and gates expected to open today.

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