Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 10th February 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:52am on Sunday 10th February 2008
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy with patches of blue sky breaking trough occasionally.
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Changeable. Strong wind gusts which will get weaker towards the afternoon.
Average due to snow showers and cloud cover.
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Archive report: Posted at 10:52am on Sunday 10th February 2008
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Lots of clouds moving in up there but the sun still breaking through though it's supposed to cloud over again this afternoon. Tonight it should clear up for a nice bright morning tomorrow.

The blue skies yesterday didn't last for long as the clouds moved in and snow began falling from around 12:00. Snowfall continued through the day and this morning we woke up to a little more than a dusting on the cars, for a while this morning the snow came down quite heavily and has now eased off. At the moment there is a lot of cloud cover but the sun is trying its best to break through.

Visibility is good at the moment, but may change in the afternoon when the cloud cover starts to come in again. There are strong winds gusts, especially at the top of the mountain. Currently all lifts are running.

Today is the second day of the long weekend so car parks will be full, lift lines will be long in places and cat tracks will get cramped. Watch out for kids veering erratically down runs and amateur snowboarders sitting in the worst possible places.


Backcountry Travel Advisory:

Saturday and sunshine will mean a lot of people hiking today. Pick conservative lines and use good group control and safety measures. There are still multiple shear layers in the upper 1 m of the snow pack that may propagate and create avalanches in steep moderate and complicated terrain. Alpine bowls and chutes with big consequences should be avoided or reassessed for stability. Do not get fooled by the Ice Crust of January 12 as it is still a lingering week layer and faceting around this layer is prominent and depth hoar has also been found around this layer in multiple areas. Shear and compression tests have found moderate results on this layer and the shear plane is very clean and could produce problems so do assess stability of this layer before jumping in.

Take due care out there and take mellow lines in simple terrain.


Avalanche Hazard as of Feb 6th:

Alpine: Considerable

Tree line: Considerable

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Archive report: Posted at 10:52am on Sunday 10th February 2008
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu Toomi, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Cortina, Norikura, Sanosaka, Aokiko, Sun Alpina Kashimayari, Yanaba - all open.

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