Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:42am on Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:42am on Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Another overnight snowfall hit last night. It wasn't much, but 15cm will definitely be better than nothing! Yesterday we had an overnight snowfall of 20cm or so. In conjunction with this snowfall and some higher terrain, there will be really good snow out there. Those official resort snow depth numbers below aren't reflecting this, but definitely it's here!

The avalanche danger will be about exactly the same as it was yesterday. Lots of micro-climate storms and patterns have made all aspects worth consideration.

The backbowls should be pretty good today. They were closed yesterday and avoided the lower elevation warmth. If you can get out there it will definitely be worth it. Other than that it looks like it is supposed to get pretty warm over the next few days. Hopefully March can give us some last hoo-rahs where February ran out of steam a bit towards at the end. A good last bit though now!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 420cm
Bottom - 215cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 465cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 15cm of crystal snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: NW7m/s at Benkei cape, 1.1m waves and 1023hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: NW12.5m/s, -15.3C. Moiwa peak: -10C, 20cm of broken particles snow with no snowdrifts development.
Snowfall transition: A notable Feb 27th layer is seen to form due to mix-graupel snowfall and temperature rise. The wind has stagnated around 10m/s NW in the past 12 hours and snowdrifts development is small.
Hazard evaluation: A surface slab avalanche risk from Feb 23rd or 27th layer continues in steep faces such as the Backbowl’s sidewalls (coordinate E6), Osawa cornice slopes (F5) and Higashi-One (H8). Avalanche risk from Feb 23rd or deeper layers will also raise due to the sun-effect in south facing slopes around 800m altitude.
Gates: Peak gates will open at 9:30.
Caution: The only way to guarantee the freedom and minimum safety of out of bounds skiing in Niseko is to respect the Niseko Rules. Ropes must not be crossed and entering the strictly off-limits areas is outrageous. The Rules must be respected by everyone; age, gender, nationality or experience does not matter at all.


Evening update:
We got some snow falling throughout the day today. It looks like tomorrow is going to be a warmer one followed by an even warmer day. Tomorrow will be an awesome day to get out and enjoy the snow that fell today. There are lots of good spots left. My last run was at 4:30 down a back bowl with absolutely no tracks in it! An early night could make for a great day tomorrow.

Avalanche danger seems to be getting better. The snow has been settling pretty well and winds have stayed down. The south facing aspects around Niseko were pretty stable today. This is not inclusive of anything other than select areas. Factors range drastically, and there could be heavily loaded areas. With the past two very windy weeks, there have been some major cornices developing. Heads up in the backcountry around them!

Archive report: Posted at 7:42am on Tuesday 28th February 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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