Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 7th January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:56am on Saturday 7th January 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Saturday 7th January 2012
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You'd be hard pressed to find someone who's not smiling as they tell you their ski experiences over the past few days. We've seen some great snow. Some of the earlier snow was heavy with a lighter topping on it. This is usually a fun mix because it is a supportive underlayer with a floaty light density snow above. If I had to guess some of the snow was 3-5% water density, which is about as light as it gets.

Weather is expected to worsen today. We are supposed to get snow and wind. Keep in mind this region has very volatile weather, so forecasting is a difficult job. The next few days should see snow as a low pressure system moves in and winds die down a bit.

To reiterate, the avalanche danger will be a bit high due to the wind loading. It's not a terrible idea to go into the backcountry, but if you are... bring gear! As in the previous report, you will want to use the buddy system, and make good decisions when looking at steep slopes.

The peak gates here are scheduled to open. So enjoy! The snow will be amazing out there.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 300cm
Bottom - 150cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 280cm
Bottom - 180cm

Annupuri:
Top - 285cm
Bottom - 180cm

Niseko avalanche report reads:

Niseko base 6am: -5;, 10cm of crystal snow in the past 12 hours and 25cm of broken particle snow in the past 24 hours.
No snowdrifts development can be observed at the base.
Coastal data: NNE9m/s at Benkei cape, 1.3m waves and 1020hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NNE15.7m/s.
285cm snowdepth at Annupuri ski resort 1000m altitude.
The snowdrifts development is moderate and the general avalanche risk is lowering. However, risks remain high in knolls and cornice terrains (avalanche terrains). High chance of 80cm thick surface slab avalanche is still present in the Backbowl (coordinate F6&F7), O-sawa (F5) and Higashi-One (G7).
The wind & snow is forecasted to pick up as the next low-pressure system approaches. New deposit of snowdrifts will start developing.
It is highly recommended to remain in the trees and avoid terrains with heavy snowdrift (cornices and knolls are signs of heavy snow deposit). Valley bottom is to be avoided at all time; avalanches run through the valley line.
Peak gates are scheduled to open today, ask the ski patrol’s advice before you step out of bounds.
STAY AWAY FROM CORNICES AND SLOPES UNDERNEATH IT.

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Afternoon update:

Looks like we are due for intermittent snow and sunshine tomorrow. It should be a relatively warm day and today was beautiful. If you didn't get out to ski I pity you! Tomorrow will be a better day to explore around the backcountry with slightly increased visibility. There is a possibility of a stronger low pressure system moving in. In this case, we will see stronger winds and heavier snowfall.

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Saturday 7th January 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts may be closing temporarily on and off today due to wind.

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