Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:33am on Friday 29th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Friday 29th January 2010
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Pleasantly surprised to wake up to quite a considerable snow fall last night, around 20cm fell overnight and the snow will continue throughout the morning. Thankfully covering the slush thaw conditions of yesterday. However, this will in turn cause some instability within the snow-pack, the heavy layer underneath and this now falling lighter snow level needs time to allow it to settle.

On the slopes today will be a lot of fun, the mountains will be quiet and powder to be found everywhere this morning. There could be hard crust and chopped powder from earlier in the week to be found underneath, but for the most part the groomers have done a good job of smoothing all that out. Visibility will be extremely low for the majority of the day, possibly clearing up later in the afternoon.

The forecast for the coming week is a slight rise in temperature over the weekend, which could possibly bring some light rain with it. Throughout the rest of the week temperatures are set to drop back down and bring with it more snow, the heaviest snowfall is predicted for Tuesday.

Avalanche info:

There were reports of naturals from steep low elevation terrain around cornices and glide cracks as well as a reported skier triggered slab avalanche below tree line‚ 1100m‚ Happo One Ski Resort north aspect. Size 2‚ 100cm crown‚ wide slab propagation‚ 100 metre plus length of slide‚ 200cm deposit at the toe‚ non burial. Suspect weakness was due to rapid increased load of rain on the well bonded past Stm Snow of 100110~100115 over riding persistent buried surface hoar / facets.

The rain layer has now had time to freeze on the surface in to a melt freeze crust‚ however‚ there are still some areas with remaining wet grains (Melt Forms) under the crust. These melt forms will stay wet or moist in lower elevations until temperatures remain cold enough to freeze through the whole pack.

The past 3 days have brought 30cm in the valley and more at elevation along with strong winds in the Alpine and at tree line that has deposited greater amounts of snow on the East and South East lee slopes. There are now areas of wind slab and exposed rain crust; extreme spacial variation.

Travel advisory:

Take due care in avalanche terrain as new snow accumulates and stability decreases through wind transport and the creation of slabs. Watch out for unsupported steep cross loaded slopes and leading in from shallow snow areas where the wind slab will be more reactive and easier to trigger. Be aware that Cornices are once again growing and will be tender. Stay away from cornices all together. And remember to travel with partners in the backcountry.

Official resort snow depths on 29th Jan 10:

Happo-one:
115cm (Shirakaba)
130cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
150cm (Iimori)
170cm (Toomi)
330cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
230cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
180cm (Kanenonaruoka)
150cm (Maruyama)
370cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
170cm (Shomen)
270cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
160cm
Hakuba Minekata:
175cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:33am on Friday 29th January 2010
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