Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:13am on Friday 26th February 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:13am on Friday 26th February 2010
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Sorry about missing yesterday but there was certainly nothing good to report. It was one of the warmest days I've ever experienced here during the winter months getting up to around 10 degrees at village level. Obviously the snow was very slushy and not that much fun to ski on at all. The day was mostly fine though with plenty of sunshine as some consolation.
Overnight the rain hit as predicted and we ended up with around 15-20mm which has of course damaged the snowpack considerably. Most of the rain has now moved through and cooler air is starting to feed in with temperatures back down to near 3 degrees currently. Much of the rest of the outlook has temperatures remaining below freezing but there's not a lot of snow forecast at all. So by this evening the mountain is likely to turn into one big solid piece of ice and the groomers will be the only decent skiing until more snow returns.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 375
Bottom - 205

Top - 355
Bottom - 230

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.73

Moiwa base 6am: +5℃, light rain.
Coastal data: N3m/s at Benkei cape, N5m/s, 1.1m waves and 1007hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: SSW6.8m/s, 0℃, drizzle.
Constant strong southerly winds with intermittent gusts have kept blowing in areas above 1100m due to the passing low pressure system and the snow is melting fast with the rain and warm temperature.
Surface slab avalanche from deeper layers or full depth avalanche hazard is rising in valleys and steep slopes.
There are no new snowfall and now snowdrift development.
According to all data evaluations, the mountain is in a foul condition.
All gates will be kept closed for the sake of all resort users.
Do not step out of bounds even if the weather clears out. One track left under the rope would lead many to do the same and increase the chances of accidents to happen.
The snow in the course is soft but heavy and catching skis. Beware of falls & collisions.
The mist should clear up as the air masses are replaced.
Once again, DO NOT step out of bounds today.
The mountain will turn good again soon.

Archive report: Posted at 10:13am on Friday 26th February 2010
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