Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 14th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:31am on Sunday 14th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:31am on Sunday 14th January 2007
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A "Blue Bird" day is developing. This morning at the 0700 hr. snow-study plot reading time the sky was overcast. But in less than an hour the sky was developing a good case of the blues. The 24 hour snow fall was barely 2cm. Not exactly "shoulder flow" deep powder. But it should splash up over your bindings in a most satisfying manner. Driving conditions in the Hakuba townsite are generally good although the snow covered roads' intersections can be surprisingly slick. Pump those brakes.

1025 hrs.: the sky is still mostly cloudy, the summit of Iwa Dake is enveloped in cloud, but the main peaks' ridge (Shirouma, Shakushi, and Kara Matsu Dake) is visible through the many holes in the clouds.

The Hira Kawa Snow Study Plot (830m) the 0700 hr. reading is:
Sky: Overcast
Temperature: Present: -4.7 C
Maximum: -1 C
Minimum: -6 C
Wind: Calm
Precipitation: S -1
Barometer and trend: 922 hPa and rising rapidly
Height of new snow in 24 hours (HN24):2 cm
Total depth of snowpack (HS):73 cm
Foot penetration: 20 cm

Above Tree Line: Considerable

At Tree Line: Moderate

Below Tree Line: Moderate

Travel Advisory:
The snowpack at the lower elevations is settling well. Based on limited direct observations it is still suspected that slabs are deep, and increasing in density and may stilll 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.
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.
We will be in the uncontrolled terrain today doing snow studies so tomorrow we should be able to give a more data rich message. With the promise of good visibility and plenty of eager shovellers we hope to drive shafts deep into the snowpack in many locations.

Archive report: Posted at 10:31am on Sunday 14th January 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most lifts at all ski areas are operating. \r\nNota Bene: a phone call to Mine Gata Lift Company illicited no response.

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