Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th January 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:21am on Wednesday 4th January 2006
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Archive report: Posted at 9:21am on Wednesday 4th January 2006
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After a heavy day of snowfall and winds, things have calmed a bit, for the time being. We had about 50 cm on the top and 30 cm on the bottom since yesterday, but much has been blown off by the wind. The weather report calls for more snow and wind in the afternoon, so the earlier the better! All lifts should be open after they finish shoveling all the snow! Gandolas are in operation on all ski hills. Enjoy your face shots!

* 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 4 days at Cortina, Goryu's South face and BC areas.

Do NOT go if you do NOT KNOW!

Archive report: Posted at 9:21am on Wednesday 4th 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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