Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 25th February 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:44am on Friday 25th February 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:44am on Friday 25th February 2011
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Thankfully the rain band that moved through last night was brief and light. Kutchan received only 1mm of rain and on the mountain it would have barely been any more. Temperatures dropped to near freezing overnight and there's been a dusting of new snow. Certainly nowhere near enough to improve conditions much on the mountain but as the low intensifies today to our north heavier snowfalls should start moving over the region later in the day and continue over the next couple of days.
Currently it's mostly cloudy with a few light snow showers.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 360
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 170

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

The temperature started to drop as the cold-front crossed over Niseko area around midnight, however the temperature below 700m elevation remains above 0℃ with a slight wet snowfall from around dawn. Northwesterly wind is picking up above 1000m and snowdrifts are starting to develop. Affected by the high-temperature and rain, the slopes in 1000m Kozan no sawa and Osawa SE facing slopes are turning into thick heavy slabs. A depth hoar layer is predicted to form underneath the new snowdrifts. The danger of surface slab avalanche from Feb 18th or deeper level is rising all day today (25th). Better stay out from valleys. If an avalanche occurs around 1100m in Osawa or the Backbowl, it would run for 2km down through the bottom making the toe of the avalanche reaching the junction with Mikaeri, almost as far as the course of Annupuri area. Avalanches only become an accident when a person is involved in it. The mountain is in a suspicious condition today, better stay away from the valleys or other questionable terrain. Peak gates will be kept closed today; other gates are yet to be decided. Please respect the ski patrol’s decisions.

Archive report: Posted at 9:44am on Friday 25th February 2011
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts expected to operate but many of the gates expected to remain closed today.

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