Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th January 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 20th January 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 20th January 2009
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With a day=off yesterday I was well ready to ride all morning but woke up to the sound of bears on the roof. Not bears exactly but light rain and warm temperatures that had the snow falling off in big noisy heavy clumps. Not what I needed on my day off but the heavy snow should do well for clumping down the bushes and smaller trees that have been burdening the tree runs around. Temperatures dropped later in the day and the precipitation turned back to snow in the valley.

Goryu are reporting 10cms of new snow this morning and the base has noticeably increased over the last week to a depth of 245 cms at the top. Hakuba is covered in high cloud this morning, -6 up top and around -4 in the valley.

Rapid increase of weight on snow pack
Increased snowfall adding load to buried week layer
Cornice fall
Rapid air temperature decrease
Cornice fall
Falling tree bombs (Possible triggers and cause of avalanches as well as overhead hazards)
Development of cornices in lee slopes
Lee side loading
Windward scouring of ridges and rock out-crops creating uneven loading of slopes
Due caution on cross loaded slopes
Wide propagation due to wind slab
Stay away from steep and convex terrain

Official resort snow depths on 20th Jan 09:
85cm (Shirakaba)
80cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
205cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
105cm (Iimori)
105cm (Toomi)
245cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
120cm (Kanenonaruoka)
125cm (Maruyama)
250cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
80cm (Shomen)
152cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)

Archive report: Posted at 8:12am on Tuesday 20th January 2009
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