Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 7th May 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 5:49pm on Wednesday 7th May 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 5:49pm on Wednesday 7th May 2008
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Last day of the ski season here in Hakuba was May 6th. We lucked out and had another bluebird day and it was a grand way to wrap up a great winter season. The ski resorts are all closed now for skiing, however some will be still open for hikers and those hardcore riders who want to hit up the high alpine snowfields.

Generally speaking this years winter was normal in terms of snowfall, but epic in terms of consistent powder days. Inevitable comparisons are always made to the year before, however locals and tourists were all treated to some classic Hakuba conditions on numerous occasions this season.

Green season is now upon us and the Hakuba Valley has a wide range of scenic natural areas and fun adventures to be had on the trails, in the lakes, on the rivers, in the sky, and on the mountains. Even dry-land skiing can be had on Iwatake, water-jumps at Sanosaka and Goryu for the freestlye ski and snowboard rippers and World Cup Ski Jumping events at the Ski Jumps. Hakuba also hosts numerous sporting and music events over the spring/summer/fall so check out whats happening in this cool little mountain community!

Avalanche Advisory:

Temperatures are rising and water is freely flowing in the snow pack thus slab avalanches to the ground are a definite possibility. Watch out for those precariously hanging slopes of snow on steep convexing terrain and under glide cracks. Move quickly through areas in terrain trap valley bottoms. There will be general loose wet slides on all slopes as surface snow temperatures rise and due to the snow pack being isothermal, ( all right at 0 degrees from ground to surface) Slides can be very big at this time of year so play smart.

Avalanche Hazard:

Below tree line: Low

Tree line: Moderate

Alpine: Considerable

Archive report: Posted at 5:49pm on Wednesday 7th May 2008
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski resorts in Hakuba are now CLOSED for skiing/boarding. Please check with the resorts for spring/summer lift operations.

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