Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 12th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:59am on Friday 12th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 11:59am on Friday 12th March 2010
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This morning is cloudy and pretty windy and there's been a little dusting of fairly wet snow at lower levels. Temps have started to warm up and currently it's a little over freezing at village level. The winds are out of the south and mild air will continue to move up over the region through the day and we can expect a little rain later today. Cooler air will move in tomorrow and we should see a return of snowy weather over the weekend. Monday will see temps spike higher again briefly with some more rain before turning back to snow for much of the rest of the week.
Conditions are not overly pleasant out there currently with strong winds putting top lifts on hold and a bit of an icy drizzle at village level. Conditions off-piste are not great being quite crusty in most areas. Overall not a great day out there.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 170

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.87

Moiwa base 6am: -3℃, no snowfall and overcast.
Coastal data: SSE6m/s at Benkei cape, SSW15m/s, 1.4m waves and 1018hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: WSW14m/s, predicted to pick up to SW25m/s at noon.
A strong SW wind and temperature rise is forecasted, even above 1000m, due to the approaching Low.
The snow will start to melt and full depth avalanche hazards will rise in the Backbowl’s 1000m area, west face, Higashi-one and Mikaeri no sawa.
Extra caution should be considered especially in slopes without cracks. Cracks are made because the snow slope releases its tension and stabilizes as wrinkles forms below it. A sudden warm up inducing a crack could trigger a full depth slide without warning signs.
Those slides are extremely devastating, destroying everything on its way down. Stay away from gully bottoms in order to minimize the chance to get caught in one.
Peak gates will be closed today and peak lifts operations are still undecided.
The visibility is very bad above 1000m.
Better stay within the course today.

Archive report: Posted at 11:59am on Friday 12th March 2010
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts currently on wind hold. All other lifts operational.

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