Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 3rd April 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:21am on Thursday 3rd April 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 9:21am on Thursday 3rd April 2008
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The heat and sun yesterday made short work of the fresh snow though shaded areas where snow had been wind-deposited still had some remnants of Winter. Nice soft-packed runs and though the bottom runs are showing a lot of ground cover the new snow was a bonus and makes the last few days of this week through to Sunday when all resorts will be closing there bottom lifts that much better...the weather this weekend is looking to be great, well worth a trip away.

All of the resorts will unfortunately be closing their bottom lifts after the weekend but this is a big weekend coming up for events and competitions on all of the big resorts.

Hakuba Goryu will be hosting the Annual 'Tri-Modal Challenge' this Saturday and Sunday, April 5th & 6th. A fun event for all modes of sliding; Ski, Board and Telemark cross course comp and party.

Hakuba 47 will be hosting 'Selection' a freestyle comp for Skiers and boarders alike on the 5th and 6th.

Happo will host their annual JAL Supper Mogul Cup featuring Hakuba Local and Olympic medalist Uemura Aiko on April 6th.

Tsugaike Kogen will host their 3rd annual Ski Mountaineering Race this coming weekend for all those speed hiker, randene skier folk.

Enjoy the new snow and the great spring events while you can.


Backcountry travel advisory:

The recent spring squalls that have deposited up to 1 metre of new snow on leeward slopes is a very big concern and should not be taken lightly. Slopes will be sliding easily and may produce very big slides inside and outside of ski area boundaries. there have been some very close calls in off piste and backcountry areas of late and end of season powder enthusiasts should be EXTREMELY CAUTIOUS as the new snow over riding March's isothermal spring thaw is VERY UNSTABLE. As temperatures rise expect skier/boarder triggered and natural avalanches on any slope of 30 degrees or more. Lower angle slopes that are solar radiated and under tension may also slide. It is advisable to stay to ridges, lower angled simple slopes and densely spaced trees on shaded slopes for the safest descents. If you are unsure of the stability of the slope you are looking to ride, don't risk it!

There are a lot of protruding rocks, gaping holes, big dirt patches that have been covered by the recent snow. Be especially careful on solar aspects and expect to see slides on them. Fluctuating temperatures have created crust and melt freeze conditions with fresh snow sitting on top that are not bonding well. Conditions are extremely varied and travel in the backcountry is not recommended today.

Avalanche Danger:

Below Tree Line: High

Tree Line: High

Alpine: High

Archive report: Posted at 9:21am on Thursday 3rd 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 - all open with limited lift operation. Bottom lifts and smaller hills will be closing after Sunday.

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