Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 3rd January 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:18am on Tuesday 3rd January 2006
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Archive report: Posted at 11:18am on Tuesday 3rd January 2006
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Further heavy snowfall over night. With this new cold air mass has come masses of snow. There is 40cm of nice light fresh in the valley today which seams to be making for poor driving conditions as the plows can't clear it fast enough. There is a slight breeze in the valley which is sending down snow in clouds from the trees, so be prepared for these smoke screen tactics as you drive to the hill.

The hills are going to be awesome today with all the new fresh over yesterdays hard pack. Finding areas of 60+ cms of pow to the sides will not be a hard thing to accomplish today. Winds will continue to be moderate to strong up high today yet light in the valley. Temperatures will be comfortable around -3 in the valley and -9 up top. Don't forget to measure Wind chill into that equation.

Todays poor visibility up high and rapid snowfall, combined with recent underlaying wind slab make the backcountry an unwise choice today. There has been a lot of avalanche activity within and near to the resorts and this will continue to be the case. So please be very careful if you do decide to venture off the runs. The South and East faces were hit by that warm sunshine of Jan. 1st and this has created a substantial sun crust and sliding layer on the solar aspects. All aspect have seen continued new snow loading and wind loading from winds that don't seem to make up their mind. This wind has created multiple layers of wind slab. The most noticeable layers and layers of concern are a soft wind slab on top of a one finger slab down 50 cm yesterday and most likely close to 80 or 90 cm down today. As new snow started to fall yesterday we saw the Yellow Snow from the Gobi. A yellowish snow containing sand that is usually seen in spring. This snow has an unusual texture and does not bond well with top surrounding layers.

The general snow temperature through the upper pack is hovering around -10 degrees C and this means that we are not seeing general bonding trends. This means that snow is staying light and fluffy for longer but not bonding to neighboring layers as fast as it might usually do in this region.

There is plenty of great pow to be had on the slopes so enjoy lift accessed riding on the multitude of un-groomed pistes in the Hakuba region.

AVALANCHE HAZARD IS STILL HIGH!

There have been skier triggered and natural slides in and outside of ski areas with in the last 3 days at Cortina, Goryu's South face and BC areas.

Do NOT go if you do NOT KNOW!

Archive report: Posted at 11:18am on Tuesday 3rd January 2006
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Kashimayari, Sanosaka, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo One, Iwatake, Tsugaike, Hakuba Norikura & Cortina ALL OPEN

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