Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 6:20am on Friday 16th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 6:20am on Friday 16th March 2012
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Good morning, and it's a beautiful one here in Niseko. It's cold with crystal clear skies up to the peak. Local weather is saying a high of 4 today and a high of 6 tomorrow. Six degrees would definitely not be good, but it looks like a strong storm is coming up for the 3 days after that.

Yesterday we saw a bit of snow throughout the day and some clear skies with more snow in the evening. It warmed up in the afternoon and quickly got cold in the early afternoon. It was also very, very windy at the resort in places for the first part of the day as the front moved in.

Please, please keep in mind that none of the new snow we get is going to stick right away. This means that any of the new snow we get (especially on south facing slopes) will immediately slide once weight is put on it. The freeze-thaw layer is now very distinguished since it has had nearly two weeks without proper snow to bond. Other than that the backcountry travel should be good for today and tomorrow. Visibility looks good from here.

If the forecast is right we could see some major snowfall Monday-Wednesday. This would help bring our currently lacking snowfall more to an acceptable one. March has been slow so far. There's still a lot to do and the mountain has people on it, but definitely isn't what you would call crowded.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 205cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no snowfall and clear sky. Coastal data: NW6m/s at Benkei cape 1.4m waves and 1022hPa at Kamui cape.
Snowfall transition: After the low-pressure system passed a northwesterly wind and snowfall picked up and left snowdrifts to develop in south facing leeward slopes above 700m. Snowdrifts reached up to 50cm thickness in some areas above 1000m. The snowfall calmed down after 9pm yesterday and the newly formed slabs are stabilizing.
Hazard evaluation: Possibilities of 40cm slab avalanche (from Mar 14-15 layer) is present in E6 Backbowl sidewalls, F5 Osawa cornice area, east of G7-9 Higashione area. Although the snowpack is stabilizing caution is required when dropping into avalanche terrain. Spring climax avalanche danger is also rising in the above mentioned areas and E6-7 West ridge-Goshiki area. Do not remain in valley bottoms in order to avoid accidents.
Gates: Peak gates will open at 9:30am. Pay attention to the information at the gates and seek for the ski patrol’s advice.
Caution: Outside the gates is not the resort no more. This info is released in hope to minimize the possibilities of accidents in the out of bounds areas. Anyone using the gates must keep in mind that the mountain will never be 100% safe at anytime. Good overall snow condition, have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 6:20am on Friday 16th March 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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