Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 4th March 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:29pm on Friday 4th March 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 3:29pm on Friday 4th March 2011
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Sorry about the late report but I was up bright and early to get some fresh tracks up on the hill. Yesterday snowed throughout the day and continued into the evening but it then mostly fined up through the night. Today snow fell on and off and the quality is excellent. There's been a lot of wind up high though and the new snow depth varies greatly depending on exposure. On sheltered slopes the snow is up around knee deep. Unfortunately all top gates in Hirafu were closed due to persisting avalanche danger. Going to be very nice when they open though.
This afternoon a bit of sun has broken through the clouds and the winds appear to be dying down so hopefully all gates will be open tomorrow. Tomorrow is expected to be mostly fine but then snow is expected to develop again on Sunday.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 405
Bottom - 200

Niseko Village:
Top - 370
Bottom - 170

Top - 370
Bottom - 210

Avalanche Information:

The winter weather pattern is weakening and the new snowdrifts formed on top of Mar 1st layer is starting to stabilize. However, the development of snowdrifts has reached up to 80cm in some areas around 800m western Annupuri and the heavy load is yet to be fully stable especially in higher altitude (above1000m). Risk of 60cm surface slab avalanche from Mar 2nd layer is persisting in leeward slopes of Osawa, Backbowl and Mikaeri. The wind has calmed down late at night and a fast, crystal snow is blanketing all slopes in all elevations. It is strongly recommended not to drop into Kozan no sawa (Backbowl) 1200m sidewalls yet today. The leeward slopes, cornice slopes and knolls are still unstable especially above 1100m. Extra caution is required when riding in the backcountry, keep space between each skiers and watch each other’s back. Peak gates are scheduled to open around 11am, please listen to the ski patrol’s instructions and be conscious of the risks and responsibilities of backcountry riding before stepping out of the gates.
Annupuri peak 6am: NW14m/s, -14.1℃. Coastal data: NW9m/s, 2.3m waves. Have a nice day.

Archive report: Posted at 3:29pm on Friday 4th March 2011
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Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Some of the upper lifts on wind hold today and gates closed due to avalanche danger.

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