Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 20th February 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:33am on Wednesday 20th February 2008
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Partially clouded
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Moderate from the west
Clear under 2000m, partially obscured above 2000m
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Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Wednesday 20th February 2008
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Hakuba currently sits under partially cloudy skies with a high cloud bank lingering above the 2000m mark. Clearer skies and sunshine from the east today with more clouds coming in for the afternoon. No new snow report today but cold temperatures have kept the snow dry in north facing shaded areas. The exposed south facing slopes will have a fairly nasty sun crust and exposed ridges are still wind blown with packed hard snow.

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Avalanche Danger Scale:

Below Tree Line: Low

Tree Line: Low

Alpine: Considerable

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Feb 20th:

Two back to back sunny days here in Hakuba have taken their toll on steeper south facing aspects. Expect melt freeze crust on exposed south and west face. Winds have scoured the ridges so one will encounter harder crust and wind slab on these areas. Some large cornices still remain off many ridges so take due care on or near them. Sluffing on steeper terrain is still a possibility so avoid passing under chutes/avalanche paths. North facing slopes that were not overly wind loaded were stable at lower slope angles, but on slopes above 40 degrees one could expect sluffing and slides on areas of tension (convexing rollers etc.) Instability in the form of a weak layer (failing on buried surface hoar) was found on North facing slopes (Kita Hiodori) at 90-100cm down. A resistent planer failure occuured at Hard 2 compression test.

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Wednesday 20th February 2008
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

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

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