Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 12th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:48am on Friday 12th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:48am on Friday 12th January 2007
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Scatered cloud and blue skies have set the scene for another great day in Hakuba. There has been continual light snow fall for th past 3 days and it has been putting a pleasent cover over the resorts each day keeping conditions soft and fast. The runs on Happo, Goryu and 47 are groomed to perfection and are vertually empty of people and visibility is excellent making today a great day for some fast carving. Temperatures were slightly colder first thing this morning but it seems to be warming up as the day goes on and wind is calm meening trips up to the top of the resorts will be bearable for even the most unseasoned of winter recreationalists.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0730 hr. reading is:
Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present: -6.0 C
Maximum: -2 C
Minimum: -6 C
Wind: calm
Precipitation: S -1
Barometer and trend: rising
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24): 4 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS):83 cm
Foot penetration: 25 cm

Above Tree Line: Considerable

At Tree Line: Moderate

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 Back country users should be increasingly cautious if traveling in Alpine avalanche terrain. Steep lee slopes should be avoided all together. 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. One size 3 SE aspect observed on kairazu, multiple size 2's in the Alpine all aspects off of Happo One. 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 "Considerable" above tree line and that a naturally triggered avalanche starting above tree line can easily come to rest well below tree line.

Archive report: Posted at 10:48am on Friday 12th January 2007
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Most lifts at all ski areas are operating.

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