Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 21st February 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:11am on Thursday 21st February 2008
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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Blue skies with some high cloud
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Light Westerlies
Clear under 2000m, partially obscured above 2000m
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Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Thursday 21st February 2008
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Beautiful blue skies yesterday morning then the clouds rolled in around 3:00 PM and continued through the evening. We woke this morning to blue skies and cold temperatures of -4 in the valley and -7 on top...there was a decent line for the gondola this morning and with little wind and some fresh powder it was worth it. The day has warmed and as of 10:00 AM the temperature at 800 m is around 1 degree Celcius with bluebird skies and some high cloud. Forecast for a cold clear night - full moon today - and another sunny day tomorrow.

Avalanche Danger Scale:

Below Tree Line: Low

Tree Line: Low

Alpine: Considerable

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Feb 20th:

Three 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 with some fresh snow on top from yesterdays snowfall. 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 10:11am on Thursday 21st 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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