Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:40am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 10:40am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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Good morning from Hakuba. After that nice new layer of snow yesterday, things cleared up over the village and it got brighter though a band of cloud remained over upper parts of the resort areas.

Earlier on this morning it was nice and clear with blue skies on show, but since then wispy like clouds have gradually formed and it's much a greyer look to the skies now - those getting out early will have enjoyed the earlier conditions, I'm sure. It's amazing how sometimes it can change so quickly. Having said that, still nothing is falling and visibility out there on the mountains is good.

There has been no new snowfall since yesterday, but the temperature stayed cool enough. Since today is actually a national holiday in Japan, the slopes are looking much busier than usual for a Tuesday - though still not like a busy weekend and things should return back to normal again from tomorrow.

Light breeze of 3 to 5 m of NW to W wind all day. The temperature this morning was around -2C at 9am and down to around -8c up on the top areas, but it will probably rise to around +4 later on this afternoon.

It's looking good for more snowfall to be over the Hakuba valley from around Friday and over the weekend and so hopefully we can look forward to another new layer for the weekend.

The recent snow fall and strong winds from the west have loaded the east aspects at tree line and in the alpine. This snow is over riding the melt forms (rain crust at elevation) of the weekends rain event and the bond to this melt layer is variable. Natural avalanches are not expected, but human triggered slides are still a definite possibility. Today's clearer skies and warming temperatures will add to the load and stress at the surface on solar aspects.

It is advisable to take due caution travelling in the backcountry today and stay away from cornices and unsupported slopes with variable depth of loading and strong solar radiation.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 20th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall this morning at Goryu. All lifts and runs scheduled to be open today.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 260cm;
Toomi - 140cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snowfall at 47 this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 242cm
Lower - 152cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Happo No1 pair and Central pair moving today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 210cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 280cm
Champion - 220cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snowfall at Cortina this morning. All planned lifts and courses open. No7 lift now closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 345cm
Lower - 220cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 160cm
Lower - 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season

Archive report: Posted at 10:40am on Tuesday 20th March 2012
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