Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 30th January 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:56am on Wednesday 30th January 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 10:56am on Wednesday 30th January 2008
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Snow started to fall straight, no wind, to the ground again early this morning and snow flurries will continue through out the day. The temperature is mild and the snow is a little heavier than yesterdays 20 cm, therefore, there hasn't been a lot of accumulation in the valley. Some deep powder this morning on the resorts with one of our riders finding about 20-30 cms on Goryu but base measurements from Goryu haven't shown an increase yet... possible settling in the snow or just to much for the patrol to get out to the weather plot. Tsugaike Kogen Ski Resort is measuring 15 cm over night and are reporting for the top of the gondola a base of 245 cm, -6.3 Celsius air temp. , calm to light winds out of the South West and 500 m visibility with snow continuing to accumulate.

Expect soft and fluffy out there today and all day long as the slopes are full of snow but very scarce on people riding in it. Lift lines, No... Sweet Lines, Yes!

Roads are slippery so take it slow and easy the powder will still be there after lunch.

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

Steep Alpine bowls and steep slopes at Tree Line are still very unpredictable and should be avoided if you are not willing to accept the large risk that is associated with these slopes at this time. For areas of better stability and less risk look to moderately angled slopes in simple terrain at or bellow tree line. Settlement and bonding below tree line have created a relatively stable pack across the board in the Hakuba valley but that does NOT include steep open terrain or gullies that may produce slab avalanches and will definitely produce slides in the new snow that has fallen over the last 2 days. The 30 + cm of new snow that has come down with no wind and is laying over a layer of surface hoar frost that was produced 3 nights ago pre the new snow falling. The surface hoar is sitting on sun crust on southern slopes and will produce slides that run far and fast with continued accumulation of new snow. Be aware of increases in wind speed and the associated loading of lee slopes as wind changes direction to North Westerlies and picks up as the High pressure system that is approaching hits some time early tomorrow morning.

Avalanche Hazard:

Alpine: High
Tree-line: High
Below tree-line: Considerable

Archive report: Posted at 10:56am on Wednesday 30th January 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, Yanaba, open.

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