Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 1st April 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 1st April 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 1st April 2008
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Good to have Winter back with snow falling since yesterday and about 10cm of dry powder on the car in Echoland this morning. With the snow however came howling winds all night which are still blowing hard meaning no gondolas running this morning and very limited lift access with only the Nakiyama lifts running at Happo, the Toomi Sky 4 lift at Goryu and the bottom half of Tsugaike operating. Wind-affected slopes will not have received a lot of snow but lee-slopes and under trees etc. would have received some good accumulation. When the weather clears and the gondolas start moving it would be nice to be first in line...but at this stage its hard to know if it'll be today. Base depths to be updated when things settled down though due to the wind there probably hasn't been a significant increase.


Backcountry travel advisory:

We're seeing real spring conditions with high fluctuations in temperature reaching to around 10 on the plus extreme and plunging down into the negatives at the other. Thursday night saw the temperature drop and snow down to the valley for the first time in a while which was repeated Friday afternoon and through Friday night. Monday night we had another fairly decent snowfall and then last night we received another 20-30 cms. This fresh snow is sitting on the old sliding pack on a mixture of crust and melt-freeze and fresh snow layers and will not have bonded. Strong winds last night means lee-slopes will be moderately loaded.

There are a lot of protruding rocks, gaping holes, big dirt patches etc. up to fairly high on the mountain, especially on solar aspects, that have received a covering of snow but be very careful if travelling down these. Northern Aspects haven't received quite the hammering but warm temperatures have seen a lot of deprecation of the snow pack, rocks will be protruding, holes and cracks will be forming and fluctuating temperatures will have created crust and melt freeze conditions with fresh snow sitting on top. Be extremely careful and scope any slopes well in advance before entering any off-piste areas. Conditions are extreme and travel in the backcountry is not recommended today.

Avalanche Danger:

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Tree Line: Considerable

Alpine: Considerable

Archive report: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 1st April 2008
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu Toomi, Hakuba 47, Happo-One, Tsugaike Kogen, Iwatake, Cortina, Norikura, Sanosaka, Yanaba - presently all open.

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