Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 28th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:47am on Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:47am on Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Good morning! We woke up with a dusting here on the ground in Niseko. As of now it is cloudy with the sun trying to poke through. The peak is still buried under a layer of clouds. It's supposed to clear up today, but we will see if it does burn off.

Yesterday was a beautiful blue bird one and an amazing one at the resort for a lot of people. Unfortunately, there was a fairly serious avalanche in the back bowls to accompany that weather. It's crucial to remember that terrain is sometimes prone to avalanches which are capable of killing someone. Just because the peak gates are open doesn't mean that you will be safe. Taking secondary safety steps like having a beacon, probe, shovel (and knowing how to use them) can be the difference in life and death. Also, if you do happen to cause an avalanche, it is so important to check the debris field to make sure everyone is safe. If you don't have a beacon, flag down the nearest person who does and get searching as quickly as possible.

With that said, the backcountry is fairly stable except for some loaded slopes (like the backbowl that slid yesterday). We had quite a bit of snowfall and with the warmth, it was pretty easy to let go. There are quite a few slopes like this. A quick analysis on a case by case basis is the best way to check for stability.

Today and tomorrow are supposed to be fairly warm. It's looking like rain after that with really warm temperatures. Hopefully we can hold onto winter for just a bit longer - it has been a great season so far and there have been countless powder days. Let's hope for some more.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 430cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Annupuri:
Top - 485cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, no snowfall in the past 12 hours. Coastal data: NE2m/s at Benkei cape, 0.7m waves and 1015hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: E4.9m/s, -8.4C. Annupuri 1000m: 485cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transtition: There are no snowfall and no snowdrift development in the past 24 hours. The snowdrifts that developed until the 27th have re-crystallized and are partly crusty.
Hazard evaluation: The snowpack is stabilizing and the avalanche risk in 30°slopes are lowering. An avalanche happened in the Backbowl yesterday morning. 25cm thick and ran for 500m, the thickness of the debris was 150-200cm at the thickest. The crown area was at 1250m Backbowl sidewall and was triggered by skiing stimulation.
The traverse line from Osawa to the Backbowl (coordinate F5) should be kept high. If the altitude is not sufficient, people would reach the potential climax avalanche start point at 1100m. Try also to stay away from gullies and valley bottoms in order to avoid critical accidents. The cornices are extremely heavy and nobody should stay underneath.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:3am. Moiwa gate has been removed as the lift operation has finished. Safely enjoy spring skiing and snowboarding.

Archive report: Posted at 7:47am on Wednesday 28th March 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normal today.

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