Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 24th January 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Saturday 24th January 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Saturday 24th January 2009
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Super warm yesterday but as forecast the temperature dropped in the evening and by this morning those slushy pools of water were slippery sheets of ice ready to slip the unprepared and the soft lumps of snow hard ice balls ready to penetrate the most toned of butts. No real snow in the valley overnight though early this morning a dusting started to fall leaving enough to paint the cars just white.

Good temperatures this morning with -7 measured at 1800m and -4 at 800m with the Happo Pond weather station measuring -15 degrees (compare that to the -2 yesterday) and light SE winds. Runs will be groomed and the snow should be in a variety of states from top to bottom.

Snow is forecast through today, easing overnight and continuing tomorrow with possible lows of -12 overnight.

Snow Stability Information (as of Friday 23rd):

Last nights rain (Thursday) in the valley and today's very warm temperatures produced very heavy and moist surface snow up to 2000 m on solar radiated aspects. What was rain in the valley fell as snow from 1000 m and higher elevations. The height of new snow at 2000 m on North aspects in the Goryu area was 15 cm and 10 cm at 1500 m.

Multiple size 1- 2.5‚ loose avalanches were observed on all solar radiated aspects between 1200 m and 2600 m in the Hakuba mountains. These loose slides were releasing in steep‚ convex terrain from rock outcrops‚ trees and under cornices. Two ski triggered loose slides size 1.5 on the North aspect in steep (40 degree)‚ sparsely treed terrain.

Tests on North aspect terrain in the Goryu area at 2000 m found easy compression tests with sudden collapse fracture characteristics down 15 cm at the new snow / melt freeze interface that was created by yesterday's warm mist up to 2000 m. This weak layer also produced a moderate result in an Extended Column Test as well as a Reuch Block Test; RB4. The Grauple layer that has been reactive over the last week is showing greater bonding and consolidation. Tests on this layer were producing hard results and only producing breaks. One RB6 was produced.

Official resort snow depths on 24th Jan 09:
70cm (Shirakaba)
85cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
210cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
105cm (Iimori)
105cm (Toomi)
230cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
115cm (Kanenonaruoka)
120cm (Maruyama)
230cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
80cm (Shomen)
150cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

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

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Saturday 24th January 2009
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