Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 2nd January 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:10pm on Wednesday 2nd January 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 3:10pm on Wednesday 2nd January 2008
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Another great day on the resorts today. After the massive amounts of snow that started on the 29th and finished last night things are relatively calm today. It is still snowing today but only 1 or 2 cm an hour and not 5 or so as it has been. Temperatures are remaining cool at elevation and mild during the day in the valley. The wind was light to moderate from the East which was a bit of a change as the winds have been predominantly from the North West.

The runs are soft packed and slightly crowded, with the first real lift lines of the season. This should be remedied by tomorrow afternoon when most Japanese will head back after the holidays.


Continued snowfall through the week as multiple slow moving low pressure systems persist from Siberia.


Backcountry Travel Advisory:

4 backcountry travelers dead after being hit in their tent by a large snow Avalanche in the Hakuba area.

EXTREME caution should be taken by anyone planning to go into the back country over the next week. Travel in the backcountry is ill advised as all slopes are being rapidly loaded with large amounts of snow, that is over riding the December 29th rain crust that can be found below tree line. Expect large scale loose and slab avalanches occurring in the upper surface layers. There will be definite instabilities in the new snow and possible slabs from the rain crust / new snow interface. High winds from the North West in the Alpine have produced enormous cornices on lee slopes as well as rapidly loaded South and East facing gullies. Be especially cautious if moving from scoured ridges into gullies and around stressed convex terrain. In addition to being VERY DANGEROUS in the backcountry at present, slogging up through 2 metres plus(+) of deep powder makes for a bit of a mission as well. Not a week for hiking in the backcountry.

A great time to stay in bounds and get some great face shots. Don't get greedy for powder this new snow needs time to settle!

Be aware of temperatures and be extra cautious if temperatures suddenly rise.


Above tree line: Extreme

Tree line: High

Below tree line: Considerable

Archive report: Posted at 3:10pm on Wednesday 2nd 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 open.

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