Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 24th December 2006

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:14am on Sunday 24th December 2006
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sky: overcast (i.e. 100% cloud cover) at 0700 hrs. The cloud ceiling was at about 1,200 m a.s.l. (metres above sea level)
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
-
wind condition
High winds from the north-west
Complete cloud cover down to 1,200 m a.s.l. The summit of the Iwa Take Lift Company operational terrain (1,290 m a.s.l.) was in cloud at 0800 hrs.
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Archive report: Posted at 11:14am on Sunday 24th December 2006
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Skies are totally overcast down to 1200m this morning, with light snow fall up top, high winds and limited visibility.
Temps are slightly below zero.

Traces of new snow may have softened the icy conditions of yesterday, and Tsugaike, Happo One and Hakuba 47 are probably the best places to be on this Christmas Eve.

Don't forget, Happo One, Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu are giving away free lift tickets for those in a Santa get-up or an exceptionally cute reindeer costume.You will not pass as Rudolf with just a red nose!

Hakuba Goryu is still limiting lift operation below although the top lifts are now open for business. Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Kashimayari and Iwatake are all open today with minimal lift operation. Hakuba Cortina, Hakuba Norikura and Hakuba San Alpina are all on standby and will open when snow conditions allow.

Backcountry Advisory:
With limited upper level observations we are calling the "HAZARD" "Moderate".
Discussion: high winds yesterday had the Goryu Lift Company cease operation of their upper lifts. The wind was coming in light to moderate gusts in the Hime Kawa valley floor. The height of new snow (HN) observed at 0700 hrs. at 830 m a.s.l. (metres above sea level) was a trace (i.e. less than one centimetre). The height of snow on the ground (HS) at the same observation site (830 m a.s.l. in the Hira Kawa valley, right across fromn the Hakuba 47 lift base) was a trace. The air temperature (Ta) was -1C. This morning from the upper lift accessable terrain there were reports of light snow fall (S -1: snow falling so as to accumulate less than one centimetre an hour), high winds from the North-west ("high" winds usually mean more than 40 kilometres per hour and at this speed drifts will form. With the foot penetration (PF) of 40 cm observed three days ago at 1,700 m a.s.l. on a South-west forested exposure (Hiyodori Mine) there is plenty of snow available for transportation. I would suspect that soft slabs are forming at and above tree-line and maybe below, depending on the aspect. The temperature was reported as "not very cold". Wind chill is another bag of snakes altogether.

N.B. Late breaking report: 1100 hrs., a trained snow observer has just called in a report of 3 cm of HN at 1,580 m a.s.l., i.e. the top tof the Tsuga Ike Gondola Station.

Archive report: Posted at 11:14am on Sunday 24th December 2006
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Hakuba Goryu has upper lifts on the Toumi Course and limited operation below at Iimori Hakuba 47 is almost at a full operational level with the help of snow making. Tsugaike, Happo, Iwatake and Kashi

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