Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 10th March 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:37am on Thursday 10th March 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:37am on Thursday 10th March 2011
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The snow has kept falling pretty much unabated from the last report adding at least another 30cm to the already deep cover of fresh snow. It's going to be very deep out there today and is just about as good as anytime this whole season. It's remaining cold and the snow is great quality powder. The wind has picked up though up high and and top lifts in Grand Hirafu are currently on wind hold. Top gates around the mountain are also closed with avalanch danger increasing dramatically with all the new snow. All in all we couldn't really expect better conditions for this time in March.
The snow is expected to continue through tomorrow and then ease on Saturday. Sunday and Monday are expected to warm up considerably with temps getting above freezing at the base. Another system will approach later on Monday and a little rain can be expected at first before turning back to snow on Tuesday. So make sure you get up there during the next couple of days to enjoy the deep powder before the warmer temps hit.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 430
Bottom - 220

Niseko Village:
Top - 400
Bottom - 200

Top - 390
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Peak gates 2, 3 and 6 will be kept closed all day today. The snowfall and wind above 800m started to pick up from 2am and new snowdrifts are drastically developing on top of yesterday’s slabs. Looking at the snowfall transition, weather data and present status, leeward open faces, knolls, under cornices and valleys’ sidewalls are in an extremely unstable condition and a large, up to 60cm thick, surface slab avalanche is highly likely to occur. Extreme avalanche hazard in all Niseko range and Shiribeshi area today. Do not be fooled by momentary clear windows. Stay away from the bottom of an open slope or gully bottoms. The snow in the trees is good and deep. Annupuri peak 6am: NW24.2m/s, -12.6℃. Coastal wind: NW14m/s at Benkei cape. Winter weather pattern is persisting and cold air is flowing in. Beware of frostbites.

Archive report: Posted at 9:37am on Thursday 10th March 2011
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts in Grand Hirafu on wind hold. All lifts in other areas open. All peak gates closed due to avalanch danger.

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