Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 5th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Monday 5th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Monday 5th March 2012
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Yesterday got a bit warm and we didn't see any new snow. It was a great day for hiking and exploring as visibility was good for almost the whole day. Today should be similar weather to yesterday. It's expected to be relatively warm today.

Backcountry travel is pretty safe at the moment. South facing stuff may be a bit of concern because of wet sliding when it gets hot.

The forecast is looking mixed, but the most dependable sources are saying that it's going to be snow tomorrow and the day after. Let's hope this brings us some snow and it stays cold. Who wouldn't like another cold smoke powder day?!

Grand Hirafu / Hanazono:
Top - 410cm
Bottom - 210cm

Niseko Village:
Top - 460cm
Bottom - 210cm

Annupuri:
Top - 470cm
Bottom - 220cm

Niseko Avalanche Report:

Niseko base 6am: -8C, no Coastal Snowfall Data:. SSE5m / s at Cape Benkei, and 0.6 m 1028HPa Waves at Cape Kamui Annupuri Peak:. SSE1.1M / s -13.4C. Peak Moiwa:. -11C. , no new development of snowdrifts.
Snowfall transtition: Low temp high pressure system is overlaying Hokkaido No wind, no snow-clouds and pretty much no development of snowdrifts The snow surface is re-crystallizing and surface hoar is forming in some slopes.
Hazard evaluation:.... General avalanche risk is low. Beware of collapsing cornices. Possibilities of a deeper layer avalanche due to skiing stimulation or collapsing cornices is present in SE facing 1000m slopes Cautious approach is required. The snow is in good condition.
Ducking ropes and stepping into strictly off-limits areas is strictly prohibited by the Niseko Rules, do not seek fresh tracks in off-limits areas.
The weather will turn bad as the next low-pressure system approaches. Seek for the ski patrol's advice before stepping out of the gates.

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Monday 5th March 2012
The latest Niseko Now report can be found here

Niseko Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts should be operating as normally.

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