Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 10th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:15am on Wednesday 10th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 9:15am on Wednesday 10th January 2007
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Another beautiful day in paradise. The temps are moderately chilly this morning and snow is falling lightly to the valley. Runs are soft packed and in great condition now for some fast cruising. There is not a lot of powder on the fringes of the run as it was eaten up yesterday. Winds during the storm of January 7th really did a number on the snow on any promanant ridge and you should be warned that a lot of that soft looking fresh is actually a dense breakable wind slab. Areas that were sheltered from the winds and hidden from the pow hounds are still light freshies. Enjoy!

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0730 hr. reading is:
Sky: broken clouds
Temperature: Present: -5.0 C
Maximum: -4 C
Minimum: -9 C
Wind: calm
Precipitation: S -1
Barometer and trend: 920 hPa and steady
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 3 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS):75 cm
Foot penetration: 30 cm

Above Tree Line: High

At Tree Line: Considerable

Below Tree Line: Moderate

With the winds calming and temperatures staying steady the snow pack overall is stabalizing. With this bonding there will also be a denser surface slab being created that is 1 metre thick or greater in areas. This slab will be much thiner around ridges and rock outcropings and easier to trigger from these areas. Alpine areas are still rated as HIGH HAZARD because of the reacent high winds, large loading and persistant cold temperatures up high. Suspected -15 or colder in the alpine overnight last night. There is a thin surface hoar (frost) that formed last night all over the mountains that is slowly being burried now with the present snow fall.
Travel Advisory:
Slopes Below Tree Line (BTL) and at Tree Line (TL) are continuing to stabilize but Alpine (Alp) snow packs are slower to stabilize and travel in Alpine avalanche terrain is not recomended. Steep lee slopes should be avoided all together. Shooting cracks that were witnessed 3 days ago in the backcountry and in in-bound areas indicating poor stability have not been witnessed lately. Slabs are deep, increasing in density and will propagate wide in large Alpine terrain. Forested areas and chutes BTL may also still produce skier triggered slabs on steep tensioned and cross loaded slopes. Back Country users should use general caution taking care not to travel in across or below suspect tensioned slopes and in areas of promanant terrain traps.
If you do travel outside of the controlled area be aware of the potential of "remote triggering" of avalanches and that the hazard is still "high" above tree line and that a naturally trigger avalanche starting above tree line can easily come to rest well below tree line.

Archive report: Posted at 9:15am on Wednesday 10th January 2007
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Most lifts at all ski areas are operating.

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