Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 1st February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:59am on Monday 1st February 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Monday 1st February 2010
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Hakuba is now preparing for a week of snowfall, today looks set to be the last warm day for the rest of the week, as temperatures drop and the snow clouds move in. It is quite overcast this morning, but the sunshine is doing it's best to come through. Hopefully by midday the clouds will have lifted and visibility at the top of the mountain will be better.

On piste today you can expect nice groomers, the sides of the runs will have compacted and crusted powder. As the day moves on the snow will be much the same as the past couple of days, heavy and wet. Towards the afternoon it is due to start lightly snowing and get slightly heavier in the evening, this will cause the slopes to get quite icy in the late afternoon.

The forecast is for snow, snow and more snow, with the heaviest snowfall on Friday.

Avalanche Observations 31st Jan 2010:

Happo Sawa 1800m ~2000m Multiple (5) Size 1.5~2‚ S on NE aspect in steep gully terrain. Bed surface (滑り面) ice crust. New storm snow released NATURAL on seemingly cross loaded gully features during the night or at first light. Debris ran to middle of run out.

Karamatsusawa‚ 1200m Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and 1 size 2‚ S to the ground (前奏) just above ski out at usual ski change up area below summer access road to water reservoir. Could have been dangerous as it is a high use area.

Kuzurisawa‚ Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and some old size 2‚ S on S aspect at 1600m ~1200m.


CTHB(27)down 90cm on DF size 1 on NE aspect at 2200m on 33 degree slope. Hand test showed easier results and seemed more sudden.

There is still a solid wind slab over lighter density snow down 50cm ~ 90cm‚ on N and NE aspects that could still pose a problem‚ but things seem to be bonding quickly. There is‚ however‚ still the chance to get surprised by big slabs on big terrain features in steep stressed areas.

S and E aspects are experiencing a lot of glide cracks. It is possible that the moist snow on the ground is continuing to slide and dry slab on top is being stressed and could fracture due to this phenomena and continue to S avalanche when unexpected.

Travel advisory:

Stay to supported planar terrain features when possible and avoid steep side loaded terrain‚ large convexities‚ steep solar radiated rocks and trees as well as cornices. Watch out for wide glide cracks and holes in the snow.

Official resort snow depths on 1st Feb 10:

95cm (Shirakaba)
125cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
145cm (Iimori)
160cm (Toomi)
315cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
170cm (Kanenonaruoka)
140cm (Maruyama)
350cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
150cm (Shomen)
250cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 9:59am on Monday 1st February 2010
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