Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 11th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:57am on Thursday 11th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:57am on Thursday 11th March 2010
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Well the big storm that supposedly going to hit us tracked a bit further east than expected and no snow fell at all yesterday and there's only been a dusting this morning. The winds picked up though top lifts were on wind hold this morning but all appear to be running now. There's been some significant drifting up high as well and most top gates will remain closed today.
Currently the clouds have mostly parted and the sun is shining.
Another big low pressure system is expected to approach from the west tomorrow and a warm front will moving up it's eastern flank will cross the region later in the day. Unfortunately it will bring quite mild air and rain is expected later tomorrow into Saturday. Snow is expected from about mid mountian up though. Cooler air will return later Saturday into Sunday but the winds will turn more southerly again on Monday as another system approaches and rain is expected again this time right to the top of the peak. Beyond that it's looking like a return to cooler snowier weather.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 295
Bottom - 175

Niseko Village:
Top - 375
Bottom - 180

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.85

Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, no snowfall.
Coastal data: SE4m/s at Benkei cape, E6m/s, 0.5m waves, 1013hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak 6am: SE5.1m/s, predicted to pick up to NE25m/s at noon.
North-easterly gusts are forecasted due to the approaching Low.
This morning, new snowfall is non-existent, slight snowdrift development due to wind-blown snow and the avalanche risk is relatively low.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, however will close as the storm picks up.
Better not take it too easily today, the conditions will turn bad pretty quickly.
Do not seek fresh lines in strictly off limits areas, entering those areas are severely prohibited. One track left under the rope leads many others to do the same, and finally end up in an accident.
The Niseko Rules are not there to restrict the freedom, but to secure all resorts users safety and to secure the freedom to ride the out of bounds areas.
Beware of cracks and hitting trees.
Stay away from gully bottoms, avalanches will run through there.

Archive report: Posted at 10:57am on Thursday 11th March 2010
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All lifts operating

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