Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 31st March 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:18am on Saturday 31st March 2007
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Overcast with rain below 1500 m
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
Moderate west
Veriable (flat light)
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Archive report: Posted at 10:18am on Saturday 31st March 2007
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Well there is hope yet as temperatures are staying below freezing from mid mountain up and snow is still falling above 1500 metres. Hakuba Goryu reports receiving a trace of new snow with temperatures of -5 at the top of the gondola this morning at 8:00. It is presently +4 in the valley and hovering around 0 at 1500 metres and continues to snow lightly. Even though the bottom of the hills are very patchy the top half of the resorts are still great skiing on a relatively deep snow pack. Goryu reports 195cms on Alps Daira and Tsugaike reports 200cms at the top of their gondola. Above the resorts and up into the Alpine expect fresh snow and good riding conditions over the next week. ( See Backcountry Advisory Below ) Expect rain showers in the valley on and off this week with snow up top. The winds are presently light from the West but could increase during the day.

Alert! Expect new snow overnight tonight with a slight clearing tomorrow morning so don't miss out on what is shaping up to be a spectacular 1st of April.

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Avalanche Hazard:

Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Moderate

Backcountry Travel Advisory:

With the high winds and new snows at tree line and above over the last week it is imperative that back country users be cautious around cornices and when on lee slopes. There were naturals observed mid week on Wednesday and Thursday in the alpine on East aspects. With the weather being as variable as it has been it is very likely that snows that fall over night are warming during the day and thus loose snow avalanches could be the result. With the hazard in the alpine at considerable it is likely that human triggered avalanches be observed and it would not be unusual to observe naturals over the next week as well. Take caution under steep rocky outcrops on solar radiated slopes.
Watch out below tree line in the river valleys as snow bridges are weak and the snow still hanging to the steep slopes on either side of these tight valleys is ready to fall with the continuing light rain and warm temperatures.

Archive report: Posted at 10:18am on Saturday 31st March 2007
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most major resorts operating. Minegata Lift Company is closed. Most of the smaller resorts close April 1st.

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