Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 5:18pm on Sunday 18th March 2012
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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Precipitation Wind Visibility
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Archive report: Posted at 5:18pm on Sunday 18th March 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Many apologies for the delayed report today - we had some technical difficulties.

Niseko may be on the verge of a storm here. It's snowing now and looking like quite the low pressure moving in bringing cold temps and *gasp* snow! Yes that yuki we all love may be finally making an appearance. We are hitting mid-March and there may not be many more opportunities to get out there and enjoy fresh snow. It looks like Tuesday will be the main day for snow with a bit of wind and bad weather. The latter part of this week should make for some nice powder skiing if we do end up getting the locally projected snow.

The avalanche danger will exist as any new snow will automatically have bonding issues with any S/SE/SW face and even other aspects as well.

Let's keep our fingers crossed and I hope everyone gets a couple good turns in. There are still some good spots on the resort in the higher north facing areas. Best of luck on your search!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 180cm

Annupuri:
Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, no snowfall and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: N8m/s at Benkei cape, 0.6m waves and 1010hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: N4m/s, -6.3C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: Although a winter weather pattern is making cold air to flow south towards Japan, snowfall almost non-existent. Small snowdrifts due to wind-blown snow are observed in leeward ridgeline above 800m.
Hazard evaluation: Cornices have grown due to the strong wind and are unstable. Collapsing cornices can trigger shallow avalanches. The snow surface conditions, except the groomers, are pretty bad as the season is shifting to Spring. Beware of slipdrops and hitting trees. Better stay away from gullies and valley bottoms in order to avoid being caught in climax (ground) avalanches. Avalanches only become an accident if someone is involved in there.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Always be vigilant and prudent in the backcountry. Have a safe day

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 440cm
Bottom - 180cm

Annupuri:
Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, no snowfall and no development of snowdrifts. Coastal data: N8m/s at Benkei cape, 0.6m waves and 1010hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: N4m/s, -6.3C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: Although a winter weather pattern is making cold air to flow south towards Japan, snowfall almost non-existent. Small snowdrifts due to wind-blown snow are observed in leeward ridgeline above 800m.
Hazard evaluation: Cornices have grown due to the strong wind and are unstable. Collapsing cornices can trigger shallow avalanches. The snow surface conditions, except the groomers, are pretty bad as the season is shifting to Spring. Beware of slipdrops and hitting trees. Better stay away from gullies and valley bottoms in order to avoid being caught in climax (ground) avalanches. Avalanches only become an accident if someone is involved in there.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am. Always be vigilant and prudent in the backcountry. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 5:18pm on Sunday 18th March 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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