Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 30th December 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:42am on Saturday 30th December 2006
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Visibility is moderate
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Archive report: Posted at 9:42am on Saturday 30th December 2006
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We awoke to yet another powder-fresh morning here in Hakuba, with almost 30cm falling overnight. It's still coming down consistently now in the Valley, however not as heavily as it was yesterday.

Expect more fresh tracks across the mountain today as many of the resorts hesitate to open more lifts. Fingers crossed today's snowfall will convince the mountain staff to get things fully up & running before the New Year's rush.

Visibility is moderate and temps are down, so rug up before you head out. Have fun, ride safely, & don't forget, there may still be some rocks down below.

As with yesterday, the AVALANCHE HAZARD remains as:

Below Tree Line (BTL): Moderate and deteriorating as more surface features are covered and "threshold" coverage is achieved.

At Tree Line (TL) "Considerable" meaning that natural avalanches are possible, and human triggered avalanches are probable. The metre and more of new snow at 1,500 m a.s.l. in the past 24 hours with the winds strong enought to move it should trigger feelings of caution in those with any sense whatsoever.

Above Tree Line (ATL) the hazard should be considered as "High", i.e. natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. With this rapid heavy loading and "moderate" to "high" winds the 'great, white, open areas should be handled carefully. The threat is now from above. Natural avalanches are becoming very possible. We have not been in the the open, uncontrolled terrain yesterday or today to test the stability but it is suspected that soft slabs are forming in all open areas. Lee slopes are loading and cornices are growing much bigger "lips". Remember that if these "lips" drool in a big way they could trigger the lee slope slab below. That is the what I mean by 'the threat form above'.

Archive report: Posted at 9:42am on Saturday 30th December 2006
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Hakuba Goryu has upper lifts on the Toumi Course and limited operation below at Iimori Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Cortina and Kashi

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