Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 6th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:19am on Tuesday 6th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Tuesday 6th March 2012
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Well, it is pretty bleak at the moment. No new snowfall last night and warm temperatures this morning. It's definitely a day off day here (if you have the luxury of choice of course!) We are expecting some snow later this afternoon and into the night - hopefully it will be enough that the crust underneath will not be much of an issue. Still lots of fun to be had, but it's spring-style.

It's always a good kind of day to get out and check out the island. If you can rent a car or find a way around, there is a lot to see.

If you decide to go out into the backcountry, the north facing slopes may still have some good snow. It's generally safe out there, I would just keep a heads up on cornices and wet slide prone areas.

The forecast is still open-ended. It's supposed to snow tonight and tomorrow pretty heavily, but today was also supposed to be a snowy one. The forecasters in Japan have one of the most difficult jobs out there. Hopefully, we get the snow they are looking at!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 405cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 205cm

Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: +3C, 3cm of Wet Snow to Rain Shifting Coastal Data:. SE4m / s at Cape Benkei, and 0.7 m 1011HPa Waves at Cape Kamui Annupuri Peak:. SSE17.9M / s -3.7C. Moiwa Peak: Slight Snowfall and Calm, -1C. Snow depth 1000m Annupuri:. 460Cm.
Snowfall transition: Warm air inflow due to approaching low-pressure system Snowdrifts are developing in north facing slopes above 1100m due to strong southerly wind in high altitude The wind is still calm at the coast and below 800m, however the wind & snow is forecasted to pick up as the Low moves east.
Evaluation Snowpack: a notable hoar Layer (Mar an st.), Easily sliding, is present at fifty-60cm in depth 800 meters South Facing Slopes Mar A new five th form under the Future Will Layer Snowfalls.
Hazard Evaluation: Are Likely to Occur Avalanches Mar from a st five or th .. Layers The Snow and Wind is seen to Pick Up and Surface slab avalanche today from Risk Will Rise Drastically in South Leeward Slopes Facing Deeper Layer Around 1000m as it Does Avalanches risk is also rising as the temperature rises; better not remain in the bottom of the valleys where avalanches run through.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open, please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Traversing all the way to the back of Higashione from gate 5 will only make ignorant people do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen Voluntary restraint from guides for would be highly appreciated using this route. Beware of sudden weather changes and Have a Safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:19am on Tuesday 6th March 2012
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Lifts should be operating as normally.

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