Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 25th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:39am on Saturday 25th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:39am on Saturday 25th February 2012
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Another windy day yesterday. It seems the past week or two has brought us a significant amount of windy days. Yesterday we didn't see any new snow other than some flurries here and there. Overnight is the same story. WE are hoping Sunday brings us a large amount of snow that looks fairly promising as far as precipitation goes.

With all the wind we are going to see some really localized avalanche danger. This means there is no "one size fits all" prediction for avalanche danger. Every slope should be looked at uniquely before skied. There are some with absolutely no avalanche risk, and some that are almost guaranteed to slide. Leeward slopes are going to be the ones to look out for. Especially those that have had any sort of sun on them or warmth.

With that said it looks like some snow on Sunday then a toss up for weather after that. It's possible we could get some blue skies and warm temps if the southern jetstream favors. If the northern does, probably high pressure and sun. There is still some fun snow out there since the lifts didn't start until later yesterday. I hope everyone has a great day!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 460cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no new snowfall and calm wind. Coastal data: SSE4m/s at Benkei cape, 0.7m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape. 800m Moiwa: -10C, snowdrifts developed on the 24th is packed and stable.
The strong NE wind of the 24th has made snowdrifts to develop in SW facing slopes, especially around 1000m altitude. The avalanche risk has risen accordingly, however the risk is diminishing as the weather calmed down. No notable snowfall and snowdrifts development can be observed this morning.
The general avalanche risk is lowering, however hazards of hard slabs slides from Feb 23rd layer is still to be highly considered in wind-affected slopes. Caution is required in Higashi-One's steep slopes (coordinate G8-H9). The snow in the trees is in good condition, however snow/ice blocks are lurking just below the surface.
Many people from around the world are gathering in Niseko, however many trouble are continuously happening due to insufficient explanation of the Niseko Rules to the visitors. There are no exceptions to the Niseko Rules. Tour agents, accommodation facilities and guiding services should be aware that disregarding or pejorating the Rules would eventually turn the image of Niseko down. People ducking ropes might not be the only responsible people if they haven't been properly informed about the Rules.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Refrain from traversing valleys, knolls and cornice slopes. Out of bounds areas are never 100% safe. Once you step out of the gates, you are in the wilderness and whatever happens there, you should be able to handle it on your own. Have a safe and enjoyable day.

Archive report: Posted at 7:39am on Saturday 25th February 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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