Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 4th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:19am on Sunday 4th March 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 11:19am on Sunday 4th March 2012
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A cloudy start to the day here in Hakuba but the sun is doing it's thing on and off this morning and it has been clearing up as the morning progresses with more blue sky on show. No new snow to report this morning.

The mildish conditions continue and right now it is hanging around 0 degrees or lower in the village. Up top at 47 a little earlier it was -7 degrees. It looks like we are having rain in the village from tonight and due to see rain all day tomorrow as well, I'm afraid. There is a chance of snow falling on top of the mountains with lower temperatures up there - would be good news, so fingers crossed.

Next snowfall due? Difficult to say but it's going to be at least the end of the coming week.


Snow pack synopsis (3/3)

The snow at elevation and above the resorts on the Northern aspects was very light and dry with near surface faceting contributing to the instability of this low density surface snow that is over riding the Rain crust of last week. Compression tests on Northern aspects in the Tsugaike area found easy test results in the new snow due to these faceted grauple grains over the ice crust. the new starm snow will be adding extra load to this unstable low density layer and creating a very unstable and dangerous upper snow pack on the northern aspects.

Solar aspects were affected by yesterday's warm temperature and intense solar radiation. The surface was slow to crust as the sun went down yesterday afternoon and the snow was much like spring corn snow and and was releasing small wet loose avalanches during yesterday’s warming. The new snow will not be bonding well to the layers below.

Expect natural and Human triggered slides on all aspects but be especially careful on the northern aspect and wind loaded pockets of past storm snow that will slide easily on the rain crust below. Areas of 25cm of the low density faceted snow were found at tree line and below tree line in the Tsugaike area yesterday.

As temperatures rise and snow turns to rain all aspects will rapidly loose stability and natural avalanches can be expected.

Travel advisory:
Backcountry and off piste riding today and over the next 2 days is NOT recommended.
Avalanche Danger is HIGH at all elevations.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 4th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 275cm;
Toomi - 150cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
No new snow this morning. All courses open though some restrictions due to a boarder-cross competition being held.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 233cm
Lower - 110cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Happo No1 pair are operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 80cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 250cm
Champion - 180cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5cm of new snowfall on upper slopes and a few cm lower slopes at Cortina this morning. All lifts and most courses open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 175cm
Lower - 95cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 11:19am on Sunday 4th March 2012
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