Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 27th December 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:54am on Saturday 27th December 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 10:54am on Saturday 27th December 2008
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There are currently light to moderate winds at the bottom of the mountains and moderate to strong winds at the top. This may lead to some ski lift closures later on in the day. All ski resorts are open in the area, including all ski lifts below the Gondola on Happo are open.

There is soft groomed powder on most of the ski runs with light to moderate winds from the West. The visibility is good below 1500 meters and moderate to poor above 1500 meters.

Due to high winds up top none of the Gondolas are still presently not running in Hakuba except for Tsugaike which is running to mid station. Lifts running at Goryu are Tommi Sky 4, Tommi #1 Pair, Imori # 1 High speed pair and Imori Milky 4. The Shirakaba lifts 1, 2 & 3 are running at Happo with a total of 8 lifts operating there. Tsugaike is running a few bottom lifts and the Shirakaba lift giving the best skiing in the valley.


50 cm of new snow overnight and 30 cm through the day are adding up to make a lot of new snow adding wieght to the weak layers around the melt freeze crust of Dec 23rd. This new snow storm is associated with strong to extreme winds from varying directions meaning that there may be multiple wind deposits on all aspects. Wind direction has predominantly been North West.

Stay out of steep complex terrain as avalanches are likely. Especially on complex lee or cross loaded slopes.

Faceting has been found above and below the melt freeze crust of Dec. 23rd. Tests today at 1600 m Tsugaike‚ east aspect resulted in moderate failures at this crust layer found 100 cm below the surface of the snow.

Due to the strong winds a wind slab varying in thickness can be found across the Hakuba range. Shooting cracks were observed in this wind slab today. Underlaying this dense wind slab is lower density new snow that is a weak layer near the top of the recent new snow. This layer was producing multiple natural slab avalanches also observed below tree line in the Tsugaike area.

Be aware of rapid changes in the snow related to frequent changes in wind direction and heavy constant snow fall.

Extreme caution around cornices and below cornices on steep convex terrain.

RECOMMENDATION: Stay in bounds on the piste until these new layers have time to bond.

Wide spread natural and human triggered avalanches certain.

Danger level ratings are set for conditions at tree line and may vary from below tree line and High Alpine areas.

Use this information as a guideline only.

Archive report: Posted at 10:54am on Saturday 27th December 2008
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