Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 31st January 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 31st January 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Thursday 31st January 2008
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Soft straight-falling snow flurries continued through yesterday and the night. The temperature is mild (-2 in Wadano) with not a huge amount of accumulation in the valley this morning with snow similar to yesterday, plenty of powder. Will update later today with base depth measurements from Goryu, Happo and Tsugaike. Hard not to smile when looking at the weather report for the upcoming week with snow flurries forecast everyday for the next seven days.

Quote from yesterday just as valid today: "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 even slippery than yesterday even, take it easy on the roads and go hard on the mountain.

Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Jan 30th:

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 8:36am on Thursday 31st January 2008
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

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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