Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 27th February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:22am on Saturday 27th February 2010
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Mostly cloudy with some light snow
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Archive report: Posted at 11:22am on Saturday 27th February 2010
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Well finally late yesterday temperatures dropped back to where they should be at this time of year well below freezing. And this morning there has even been a little light snow falling. Certainly not enough to make conditions overly enjoyable but the groomers should be a lot more fun today and reasonably fast.
Off-piste will be very icy and difficult. They are looking to open the peak gates and maybe up high it won't be too bad but really I think sticking to the groomers will be much safer and more fun.
A little light snow should continue on and off through the weekend with more substantial falls expected on Tuesday. Currently some reasonably heavy falls forecast for Thursday but I suspect the forecast will change a little between now and then. Fingers crossed a big dump actually occurs!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 290
Bottom - 170

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 200

Annupuri:
Top - 350
Bottom - 230

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No.74

Moiwa base -6℃, clear sky no snowfall, icy.
Coastal data: NW10m/s at Benkei cape, W7m/s, 1.9m waves and 1017hPa at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak: NW17.8m/s, -13℃, the snow has turned to ice and is difficult to walk.
The Sea of Japan is covered by a cold high pressure system, resulting in strong NW wind, completely freezing the whole mountain.
Beware of slipdrops even within the courses until the snow starts to soften around 10am.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30, but no fresh snow can be found out there.
Avalanches from deeper layers or full depth slides are to be highly considered in the Backbowl, Osawa, Mikaeri no sawa or backside Higashi-One.
Stay away from slopes with cracks and avoid riding gulley bottoms.
Very tricky snow today, the out of bounds areas are not suitable for pleasant skiing. You get itchy feet!
Snow blocks fallen from the trees have also frozen and left ice blocks in the tree runs. Beware of lost of control and hitting trees, or falling into crevasses.
Have a nice day.







Archive report: Posted at 11:22am on Saturday 27th February 2010
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