Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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Good morning to all and a nice wintery one at that. We've seen about 20cm overnight and there's more snow coming down as we speak. It is still cold and the wind is still going quite a bit. Last night showed us some very strong winds and it is still windy this morning, which will be affecting lifts.

Yesterday brought us the front that moved through and is when it started to snow. It will be enough by the end of the storm to cover up that crust that was left by a long period with a freeze-thaw cycle and no fresh snow.

Traveling into the backcountry is probably not a wise decision today. It will be easy to lose your bearings with the wind and poor visibility. Today is a much better day to ski in the resort, since they will be largely uncrowded. The snowpack is very unreliable and the moment. North facing is probably going to be the best bet since the south facing will not accomodate the new snow very well and east facing will be fairly windloaded.

Local weather forecast is saying tomorrow should clear up a little bit and then it is possible we may see some more snow after. It's really uncertain at the moment, as it depends which airflow becomes stronger. Currently, it's hard to say. It will either be clear and warm or cold and snowy! So let's just sit back and see what happens, hoping for the latter.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 205cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 190cm

Top - 480cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -7C, 20cm of broken particles snowfall with snowdrift development in the past 12hours. Coastal data: WNW13m/s at Benkei cape, 3.1m waves and 1004hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: WNW17.1m/s, -15.1C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: A strong NW wind with snow has persisted for 24 hours and made snowdrifts to develop drastically in all Niseko area. A westerly wind of around 15m/s is forecasted to remain during the morning and will make snowdrifts to grow even thicker.
Hazard evaluation: Avalanche risk is high. Newly formed snowdrifts are yet to stabilize and surface slab avalanche of up to 80cm thickness is highly likely to occur in coordinate F4-5 Osawa cornice area and other similar condition slopes. Traversing across to the other side of the valley from gate 8 can be very risky. High hazard is also to be expected in coordinates C4-D5 Moiwa-Mikaeri bowl and H8 Higashione area.
Caution: Avoid gully and valley bottoms. Do not duck ropes to seek fresh tracks. One track left under the rope can lead many others to do the same and unnecessarily increase the chances of accidents to happen.
Gates: Peak gates will be closed today. Please follow the ski patrol's instructions. Most accidents occur during and just after storms. The snow in the trees next to the pistes looks in good shape. Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 8:39am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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Lifts may be wind delayed.

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