Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 9th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:48am on Thursday 9th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 7:48am on Thursday 9th February 2012
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The valley has been covered with 10cm of new snow overnight with some slight glimpses of blue sky this morning. We are projected to receive snow throughout the day, but the occasional clearing wouldn't be turned away.

It is currently -7 C in the valley with a high of -1 C expected. Up on hill it is expected to reach a chilly -13 C to -14 C with a wind chill making it feel like -25 C. So bundle up and be prepared for the mountain conditions. We will see winds upto 5 m/s from W and WNW direction keeping the cool weather coming from the Mainland. The freezing level will remain at sea level.

Upwards of 15cm of new snow have been recorded in the resorts in lower areas this morning with more up top - Goryu is reporting 40cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes and Hakuba 47 is reporting 35cm this morning. We are expecting to keep receiving precipitation through Friday. All good to cover up the damage that was done with the rain the other day and encouraging for the weekend.


Monday's rain soaked the upper snow pack below 2000 metres and has since frozen with recent cold temperatures. At higher elevations, however, there is only a thin melt / freeze crust that is breakable and there is the possibility that this layer could propagate across open bowls and tight chutes. The new snow that has accumulated is increasingly unstable and will be prone to loose snow avalanches as the new snow continues to fall today and through the week. Stay to supported terrain at Tree Line and Below Tree Line, while travel in the Alpine is not recommended.

Snow is forecasted to continue falling today and through the week. All new snow will now be over riding the rain crust formed Monday night and can be expected to be unstable. Be careful of terrain traps that may be potential hazards of deep burial even with small loose snow avalanches.

Remember that recent load will continue to mean that the persistent faceted melt form crust of January 22 may still cause problems especially in the alpine above 2000 metres.

Play safe out there as the depth of new snow increases and always where your beacon when riding off piste and in the backcountry.



Saturday we should see some clearings with a similar look currently on the forecast for Sunday.

Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 9th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 40cm on upper slopes and 10cm of new snowfall on lower slopes this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Alps No2 and No4)
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 320cm;
Toomi - 180cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting 35cm of new snow this morning. All weekday lifts operating (not Line D).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 252cm
Lower - 155cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidair pair, Happo No1, Central pair and Kurobishi No3 pair should be operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 120cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Champion - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 10-15cm of new snowfall overnight this morning. Most courses open, No7 pair closed this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 220cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 165cm
Lower - 90cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 7:48am on Thursday 9th February 2012
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