Niseko Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 8th March 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:46am on Tuesday 8th March 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Tuesday 8th March 2011
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Yesterday remained mostly fine until the late evening when a little snow started falling. This continued on and off throughout the night and we've had around 15cm since last report of very light, blower powder. The temperature has really dropped as well and the snow that's fallen is as good quality as you could expect in Jan.
Snow is expected to continue falling through much of the day although it will be intermittent throughout this morning and then should more widespread later in the afternoon. With snowfalls expected to continue through to the weekend conditions should only get better as the week progresses although stronger winds are expected to develop tomorrow.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Grand Hirafu:
Top - 390
Bottom - 190

Niseko Village:
Top - 380
Bottom - 180

Top - 370
Bottom - 200

Avalanche Information:

All gates are scheduled to open, peak gates around 9:30am. Closing time is subject to the weather condition; please respect the ski patrol’s instructions.
Annupuri peak 6am: -15℃, WNW11.4m/s. Annupuri 800m: -11℃, WNW5m/s.
10cm of overnight snowfall at the base of Hirafu. The wind in high elevations stagnated around 12-15m/s W to NW. Soft-slabs of snowdrifts have formed in leeward steep slopes, laying on yesterday’s crusty/hardpack surface and a thin layer of low density new snow is present in some slopes in between the two distinctive layers. Beware of thin surface slab avalanches and sluff, especially in high altitude SE facing steep faces as found in the Backbowl or Osawa. Be also careful when riding narrow & deep gully terrains where the sliding snow accumulates at the bottom. Today’s light & low-density snow is potentially going to turn into a notable weak layer in the future snowfall transition. If a strong storm develops within the next few days, the avalanche condition could turn extreme. Carefully follow the weather transition. Have a safe day.

Archive report: Posted at 9:46am on Tuesday 8th March 2011
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All lifts and gates open

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