Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 15th March 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th March 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th March 2011
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The snow in the morning yesterday cleared by lunch time and it has remained mostly fine since. Temperatures did drop to well below freezing again overnight. Up on the mountain it will be hard packed and icy on lower slopes. Up high though there will still be some reasonable quality snow to be found especially in drift areas. The peak gates are expected to open today allowing access to some slopes that haven't been open for a couple of days. Snow is expected to fall mostly over more northern parts of Hokkaido today but should move down over our region tomorrow.

I'd just like to reiterate that we up in Hokkaido have been very fortunate that last weeks earthquake down South has had no effect on transport, power or the running of the any of the resorts. Everything is running as normal here. Besides some relatively minor property damage in some coastal areas from the tsunami life in Hokkaido has remained unchanged. So if you'd like to ski on what is now an uncrowded mountain with plenty of snow remaining, come on up!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 410
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 390
Bottom - 190

Top - 410
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

Peak gates 2 & 3 are scheduled to open around 9:30, please follow the ski patrol’s instructions. Annupuri peak 6am: -12.2℃, NW4.1m/s. Very light overnight snowfall. Yesterday’s strong west to northwesterly wind started to calm down during the night and has been stagnating mildly in the past few hours. Snowdrifts have developed thick in some areas in high altitude, due to yesterday’s intermittent snowfall. Those snowdrifts patches are relatively packed, however are laying in top of a crusty surface and still unstable. Please carefully evaluate the conditions of the snow and try not to unnecessarily stimulate newly formed snowdrifts, especially in steep slopes of more than 30°. Some slope surfaces have been hard-packed/frozen due to the wind and the big difference in temperature. Numbers of cracks are also increasing throughout the mountain. The snow condition varies very much depending on the slope orientation and elevation. Be aware of the variable conditions and the risks involved in the backcountry before stepping out of the resort boundaries. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:13am on Tuesday 15th March 2011
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts and gates expected to open.

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