Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 9th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:02am on Thursday 9th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Thursday 9th February 2012
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We got a precious helping of snow overnight. With the snow that fell yesterday, there's definitely enough to be a nice soft layer again. Today I would expect that floating sensation to easily return to most people...woohoo!

The weather has been a bit crazier than normal here in the past two days. We were supposed to see temps drop, which they did, but not before fluctuating all over the place. The system we are seeing now should give us a good helping of snow today and then slowly taper off into some cloudy days mixed with intermittent sun.

The resort will have plenty of good places for snow this morning. Since the peak gates haven't been open in the past couple days, the snow behind the resort should be great as well. Just make sure to keep a heads up if you are going out there. There are some weird layers and although they open the gates, it doesn't mean everything is 100% safe. Using standard caution and going with a buddy will help ensure you don't get into any trouble and ski some awesome snow! Besides it's just much more fun to try to match the hooting and hollering of the person next to you.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 400cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 240cm

Top - 420cm
Bottom - 230cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Mountain base 6am: -8℃, 35cm of snow crystals in the last 12 hours. Benkei Cape NW 12m/s, Kamui Cape wave 2.0m, pressure 1007 hpa, Annapuri Peak WNW 7.7m/s temp -16.8℃. Moiwa Peak NW 12m/s, visibility is good, 45cm of snowfall in the last 12 hours, small amount of snowdrift development.
Snowfall: A weak westerly wind accompanied by snow has continued. Above 800m elevation cornice and snow drift development has been slow.
Snow Pit Data: At 800m, leeward slope: 7th Feb new snow fall(weak wind, drifted snow, broken snow crystals) 80cm. The 6th Feb layer and the 22nd Jan are still prominent in the snowpack.
Hazard Evaluation: The snow in the trees is deep and good and the general risk of avalanche is starting to lower, . Coordinates E5(BackBowl), F5(O-Sawa), H8(Higashi One) the risk continues to be HIGH on 30 degree leeward slopes.
Caution: It is dangerous to ski around the above mentioned coordinates. The snow drifts are starting to stabilise, however on cornice slopes it will continue to be easy to stimulate a fracture this morning. Coordinates J4 (off limits area Haru no Taki) the avalanche risk continues to increasing due to the 22nd Jan layer.
Gates: Peak gates are expected to closed today. Please respect the ski patrols decision.
Dont duck ropes, once you pass through the gates you are not in the resort anymore.
Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Thursday 9th February 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be running as normal

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