Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th March 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:57am on Tuesday 20th March 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 9:57am on Tuesday 20th March 2007
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A high cloud ceiling today in Hakuba but with good visibility on this cold crisp morning. No new snow to report overnight however the recent dry cold weather has kept the snow consistent and dry on the upper slopes on the resorts in Hakuba. Strong gusty winds were observed yesterday on the higher lifts on Happo-One and some wind crust was felt underfoot making the skiing fast and one should have sharp edges. Today's forecast is calling for moderate winds from the NW and light snow is supposedly going to fall yet we have not observed any precipitation as of yet...keep those fingers crossed.

Our trained avalanche forecaster and weather guru is still out and his absence has been extended to the 21st of March, so the in-depth weather observations from Hirakawa Study Plot are put on hold til then.


Todays's Avalanche Hazard follows....play safe out there powderhounds!

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Hazard:

Above tree line: Considerable

Tree line: Moderate

Below tree line: Low

Test Profile Observations:

On Sunday March 18th Compression tests conducted on SE aspects of Shizenyen area were as follows;

CTM (9) RP@ 9cm down on / 0.5~1.0
CTE (4) RP@ 9cm down on / 0.5
CTH (24) SC @ 104 cm down on facets and / 0.5

A steep temperature gradient was observed in the snowpack (between 70cm (-8.4) and 140 (-3.4 cm) which contributed to the facetting on the 104 cm layer.

Travel Advisory:

As noted yesterday, people heading off-piste today should be cautious in wind loaded areas and in areas that exposed to direct solar radiation. Last weeks snowfalls combined with the high winds have contributed to exteremely variable snowpack conditions. Hard wind scoured ice/crust on ridges exposed to wind and soft deeper snowpack in lee sided gullies and concaved terrain. Steeper terrain will be more affected by the sun today and may become unstable by later morning or afternoon. Pockets of instabiltiy may be found in shallow snowpack where wind slab is present and where islands around rocks/trees meet these wind slab conditions.

Archive report: Posted at 9:57am on Tuesday 20th March 2007
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts operating.

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