Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th January 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:24am on Friday 13th January 2006
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Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Friday 13th January 2006
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Arose to sunny skies and cold crisp weather. No new snow to report overnight, but great conditions abound all over the Hakuba Valley. Fantasic views of the Alps today as well so bring your camera. Calm winds at base and top reported today.

Winds have been fairly strong over the last few days and have created wind slab in most areas in the alpine and at tree line. It is possible for this wind slab to slide on steeper slopes from areas of tension. ie. around rocks, from steep convexing terrain, corniced areas and from tensioned ridge areas that ave heavy wind deposits below.

In two recent pits in the Tsugaike area the following was found of southerly facing slopes.

Tsugaike shizenen, elevation 1800 metres, aspect S
Compression Test Easy @ 38cm from surface on new snow, needles, columns with some faceting occuring size 0.5~2 mm, sudden collapse.

Rutsch Block 2 @ 38 cm

Slope Test. Ski cut, produced size 1 soft slab, 40 cm hieght of crown, 20 x 20 metres in area, deposit stopped mid track.

Tsugaike Tengupara, elevation 2000 metres, aspect SE
Compression Test Easy ~ Moderate @ 33 & 37cm from surface on fist density new snow underlaying wind crust and overlaying 1 finger density snow, with some faceting occurring just above 1 Finger layer, size 0.5 mm, Progressive Compression

Rutsch Block 5 @ 33 cm

Multiple slope use resulted in no slides on South East facing slopes in the Tsugaike area.

Natural avalanches possible. Human triggered avalanches likely.
Use caution in steeper terrain on certain aspects.

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Friday 13th 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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