Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 13th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 12:42pm on Saturday 13th March 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 12:42pm on Saturday 13th March 2010
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Well yesterday only got warmer as the day wore on with the temperature peaking close to 6 degrees at village level around midnight. We then had a couple of hours of rain totalling a bit less than 10mm. Earlier this morning the winds started moving from southerly to more westerly and the temperature by 9am dropped back below freezing and was accommpanied by a dusting of snow and some seriously strong winds. Looking out the window I can see big plumes of snow making their way across the upper slopes as strong gusts move through.

Around the mountain only the very lowest lifts have managed to open and that's only in Hirafu and Niseko Village. Both Hanazono and Annupuri ski areas haven't managed to get a lift running yet.
To be honest even if the lifts were running it really wouldn't be that great up there anyway with only dust on crust and icy conditions. There's been some light snow showers and these should continue into tomorrow and the winds should abate somewhat later today.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 165

Niseko Village:
Top - 360
Bottom - 150

Top - 350
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.88

Moiwa base 6am: 0℃, no snowfall and overcast.
Coastal data: WSW17m/s at Benkei cape, SW26m/s, 2.4m waves and 999hPa at Kamui cape.
A 992hPa Low is moving north, inflowing warm air with it.
+4℃ at midnight. Strong W to WSW gusts have persisted during the night.
The peak anemometer, recorded SE9.6m/s at 6am, may have been affected by ice buildup.
Westerly snow-storm is forecasted to pick up as the Low passes and temperature will drop quickly. Beware of the future weather transition.
Avalanche hazards will rise drastically as the snowdrifts would develop suddenly in SE facing slopes.
Stay away from steep slopes around 800m such as in Osawa cornice areas or Mikaeri no sawa.
Unstable snow slabs collapses instantaneously inducing surface slab avalanches. Predicted trigger layer is March 12th.
If a 60+cm snowdrift develops around 1100m, the surface avalanche could stimulate deeper layer and end up in a full depth slide.
The snow layers temperature is rising, and snow temp warm up could be a sign of full depth slides.
Stay away from valley bottoms to avoid avalanche path.
All gates will be closed and top lift will probably not operate.
Follow the ski patrol’s instructions.
The snow will turn good tomorrow.

Archive report: Posted at 12:42pm on Saturday 13th March 2010
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts on wind hold except lowest ones in Hirafu and Niseko Village

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