Admin 2010-01-23 16:11:21
Sounds like 3 very lucky people, all experienced skiers, survived a wild somersaulting 300 metre ride through a few stands of trees yesterday. The last gully before the cornice was the culprit. All were injured, but all are alive. Really glad you all made it out safe. I wanted to take this opportunity to remind people that there are some very dodgy conditions up high right now, exacerbated by tons of fresh pow on top of a layer of ice that formed a few days back due to some warm weather. Here's today's report from Mr Akio Shinya: [quote]Last night's moderate wind and snow developed some snowdrifts (soft-slabs). Cornices are soft, 50cm thick and easily collapsible. Extra-caution is required around the cornices of Higashi-One. The newly deposited snow (up to 80cm) on top of the Jan 21st layer is slowly stabilizing, however avalanche risk will remain high during the morning in leeward slopes around 1100m. Traversing under cornices of Osawa or skiing the sidewalls of the Backbowl remains dangerous all day. Possibilities of a 60cm surface slab avalanche, triggered by the pre-Low snowfall (jan 21st) layer, is also to be considered in SE facing steep slopes around 800m.[/quote] Bookmark [url=http://niseko.nadare.info/]http://niseko.nadare.info/[/url] and check it each day before you head up the hill.