Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 29th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 6:54am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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Cloud, light snow
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Archive report: Posted at 6:54am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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An early report this morning. We have had a little bit of overnight snow will ensure a good day. There are plenty of fresh patches out there. There is some hiking involved (hint hint) and the snow was amazing yesterday. It's a very light density on top of a settled one. This translates to woohoo snow. You know, the type of snow that when you watch the go pro footage you hear "woohoo". Yesterday we saw a bit of winds and snow falling all day.

It's a great day to get into the backcountry. Take normal cautions and assess all slopes. There may be some stubborn lingerers around there, especially on very steep slopes.

Other than that, it seems like today will be pretty clear after noon and a good day overall. We are expecting some warm weather over the next couple days, so get out while you can. Enjoy!

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

Niseko Village:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 240cm

Annupuri:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -3C, slight snowfall in the past 12 hours, total 25cm of crystal snow in 24 hours. Coastal data: SW6m/s at Benkei cape, 1.7m waves and 1022hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WSW9.2m/s -10.4C.
Snowfall transition: The wind has remained relatively calm. No snowdrifts or cornices development can be observed.
Snowpack: a notable hoar layer has been observed at 115cm (Feb 4th) in 800m Yu no sawa.
Hazard evaluation: The general avalanche risk is low. The snow in the trees has been mostly reset and in good condition. The risk depends on the slope’s orientation, elevation and terrain features. Sometimes skiing stimulations can trigger an avalanche from deeper weak layers in leeward steep slopes. Avalanches are natural phenomena, if no human is involved in it won’t become an accident. Wise evaluation and cautiousness are the only keys to prevent accidents. Better not underestimate the dangers.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Listen to the patrol’s advice before stepping out the gates.

Archive report: Posted at 6:54am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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