23 Feb Niseko Snow stability report 23/02/2014
After around 100cm of new snow in the last few days, the cold front is starting to pass and the isobars are spacing which is resulting in lighter winds. The avalanche risk is decreasing and the snowpack is starting to compact naturally. Niseko United is pretty well tracked out, but in the backcountry conditions are still good except from S/SW aspects where we can find a thin suncrust made up of slightly heavier snow.
Other risks to watch out for in the backcountry include partially covered cracks and ice monkeys, which are starting to fall from the trees! Consider the weight if they were to fall on you. Take care out there and remember not to take unnecessary risks to find fresh tracks.
Stability report written by Sergio Cabestrero, fastfun.jp’s backcountry manager, avalanche forecaster and highly experienced Mountain Guide.