Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 9th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 2:56pm on Tuesday 9th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 2:56pm on Tuesday 9th March 2010
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Well it just keeps getting better and better. Since last report we've had around another 30-40cm of snowfall. About 10-15cm yesterday morning which was followed by a brief bluebird afternoon and then another 20-25cm overnight. The mountain is definitely not crowded now and there were plenty of fresh tracks to be found all over the mountain for most of the day. In more exposed areas and lower down the crusty base can still be felt on some turns but higher up I had up to hip deep, bottomless turns this morning. There's been some light snow showers throughout the day and it's remained cold keeping the snow in great condition. For those of us here all year these are the conditions we wait for all winter, good powder and few others to share it with!!
Plenty more snow is forecast to start coming through early tomorrow morning and into Thursday from the big low pressure system moving it's way up from Honshu where it's dumping currently. Another low will approach the region on Friday and at this stage it'll be getting pretty mild ahead of it with possible rain at village level. Cooler air should move in fairly quickly though and it will be snow throughout again by Saturday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 320
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 185

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.84

Moiwa base 6am: -7℃ and 20cm of crystal snow.
Coastal data: WNW7m/s at Benkei cape, WSW7m/s, 1.1m waves and 1027hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak 6am: NW10.3m/s, predicted wind at noon within WSW10m/s.
The High pressure system brought a cold air mass, the wind has remained moderate and 20-40cm of light fresh snow has blanketed the mountain.
No drastic snowdrift development can be observed.
The avalanche risk is moderate.
Peak gate are scheduled to open at 9:30.
Seek for ski patrol’s advice before stepping out to national park areas.
These areas are not being managed by the resort and anything happening out there relies on every skier/rider’s own responsibility.
Ducking ropes is strongly prohibited by the Niseko Rules. Any rope must not be ducked.
The snow may be a little shallow below 700m but is as good as in February.
Always evaluate the risks involved before you start your descent.
Don’t stay in the middle of the slopes or at gully bottoms.

Archive report: Posted at 2:56pm on Tuesday 9th March 2010
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