Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 25th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Sunday 25th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Sunday 25th March 2012
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Good morning, and a colder one at that. Today is definitely off to a cooler start than the past few have been. There was a slight dusting last night, but nothing that will really influence the skiing on offer. It is expected to warm up a bit as it is partly cloudy. There's a 50% chance of snow for today and tomorrow. It looks like it will be cold enough, especially at elevation, to keep it fairly light snow.

Yesterday we saw some fog and warm temps. It wasn't quite raining at the base but it was freezing rain and not ideal snow. On a good note, for a weekend the resort has been uncrowded. It's almost spring skiing time when the sun comes out and the corn cycle starts.

There's a bit of uncertainty in the forecast, but it will increase with accuracy as time goes on. We will update you with that as soon as it looks relatively clear.

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 415cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 450cm
Bottom - 200cm

Top - 475cm
Bottom - 200cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -2C, no snowfall. Coastal data: SE3m/s at Benkei cape, 0.5m waves and 1002hPa at Kamui cape. Annupuri peak: SE5.8m/s, -10.5C. Annupuri 1000m: 480cm snowdepth.
Snowfall transition: A low-pressure system is moving up along the pacific side and moderate snowfall is forecasted to start in late morning. A cold airmass (-12C at 1500m) is present in higher altitude and a moderate snowfall will persist above 1100m altitude. A high-pressure area between two low-pressure systems is overlaying Hokkaido resulting in calm wind weather under 800m.
Hazard evaluation: The general avalanche risk is low, however the cornices have grown huge and are likely to collapse with a slight stimulation, and could trigger a slide as they fall.
Cracks are likely to open up as the season shifts to spring and are not visible from above. Be careful not to fall into them. Looking at this season’s snowfall transition, climax (ground) avalanches are likely to occur from 1100m altitude as soon as cracks starts to form. Caution is required in coordinate E6 Backbowl area, F5 Osawa area, G8-H8 Higashione area and E7 West face Goshiki area. It is strongly unrecommended to ski or rest in valley bottoms and always keep space between skiers when traversing avalanche terrains.
Gates: Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30am, however is subject to lift operation. Opening time may be delayed due to weather conditions. Please respect the ski patrol’s instructions. Outside the gates is not the ski resort anymore. Ducking ropes is strictly prohibited in Niseko. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Sunday 25th March 2012
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normal today.

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