Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 28th March 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:54am on Sunday 28th March 2010
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Partly cloudy
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Archive report: Posted at 9:54am on Sunday 28th March 2010
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Well it might be near the end of March but Spring couldn't have seemed further away yesterday. What started off as fairly light snow first thing yesterday just got heavier and heavier until the afternoon when a strong storm band hit the region causing blizzard conditions. The strong winds and heavy snow abated later in the evening but lighter snowfalls have continued through into this morning. All up we had in excess of 40cm of snowfall. The very strong winds late yesterday though caused a lot of drifting and snowdrifts of more than 1.2m developed in lee slopes in the last 24 hours. Avalanche danger is high as a result all peak gates will remain shut today.
Currently the snow and wind has eased and there's even a little sunshine coming through. Conditions in the trees should be awesome today with what I suspect will be bottomless, deep powder turns. Deep powder turns in sunshine....it really doesn't get any better than that does it?
We can expect a bit more snow to return later today. If winds remain light I'd think the peak should be able to open tomorrow. If it does it's going to be epic.
Next week looks like it's going to warm considerably but lets not worry about that now. Let's just enjoy what may well be the last deep powder turns of the season.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 360
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 345
Bottom - 150

Annupuri:
Top - 350
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:
(Information as of this morning)

Niseko Avalanche Info No. 102

Moiwa base 6am: -6℃, snow fell until 3am and left 10cm of fresh flakes.
Annupuri peak: WNW15.7m/s at 6am.
Snowfall is forecasted to restart after 10am and areas above 800m would be covered by a moderate stormy condition with intermittent westerly gusts at the peak.
Heavy snowdrift development cannot be observed below 1000m, the snow is rounding and stable.
The general avalanche hazard is low.
Peak gates are scheduled to open at 9:30. Listen to the ski patrol’s instructions before stepping out of bounds.
Remember to keep distance between each other when traversing gullies or steep faces when touring from the north face to Hanazono or Goshiki.
Never rest in the middle of a slope or at the bottom of a gully. Possibilities of major slides are always present in such places. Riding the same slope simultaneously would stimulate the deeper layer and could be the cause to trigger a slide.
Good snow came once again, but be careful and remain in control.
The weather is predicted to turn bad in the morning, be aware and be prepared.
Full depth avalanche hazard is rising in Yu no sawa, Mizuno no sawa and Haru no taki, do not enter those strictly of limits areas under any circumstances.
The mountain is slowly shifting to spring.
Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:54am on Sunday 28th March 2010
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