Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 2nd February 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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Not a lot of snow overnight with only a dusting on cars in Hakuba village and Goryu reporting 10cms fresh on top. Temperatures were cold overnight so snow will be in fine condition for those who get it and will pack down nice on the groomers adding to the solid base we have on all resorts.

Today is the first day in what is forecast to be a week of flurries with cloud forecast through today and snow beginning in the evening and continuing through the week.

Hakuba is currently sitting under cloudy skies with dust falling and no wind to speak of, -6 degrees at resort top and -2 degrees in the village.

Avalanche Observations 1st Feb 2010:

Happo Sawa 1800m ~2000m Multiple (5) Size 1.5~2‚ S on NE aspect in steep gully terrain. Bed surface ice crust. New storm snow released NATURAL on seemingly cross loaded gully features during the night or at first light. Debris ran to middle of run out.

Karamatsusawa‚ 1200m Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and 1 size 2‚ S to the ground just above ski out at usual ski change up area below summer access road to water reservoir. Could have been dangerous as it is a high use area.

Kuzurisawa‚ Multiple size 1‚ L on S aspect and some old size 2‚ S on S aspect at 1600m-1200m.

Tests:

CTHB(27)down 90cm on DF size 1 on NE aspect at 2200m on 33 degree slope. Hand test showed easier results and seemed more sudden.

Synopsis:

There is still a solid wind slab over lighter density snow down 50cm ~ 90cm‚ on N and NE aspects that could still pose a problem‚ but things seem to be bonding quickly. There is‚ however‚ still the chance to get surprised by big slabs on big terrain features in steep stressed areas.

S and E aspects are experiencing a lot of glide cracks. It is possible that the moist snow on the ground is continuing to slide and dry slab on top is being stressed and could fracture due to this phenomena and continue to S avalanche when unexpected.

Travel advisory:

Stay to supported planar terrain features when possible and avoid steep side loaded terrain‚ large convexities‚ steep solar radiated rocks and trees as well as cornices. Watch out for wide glide cracks and holes in the snow.

Official resort snow depths on 2nd Feb 10:

Happo-one:
110cm (Shirakaba)
125cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
300cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
150cm (Iimori)
165cm (Toomi)
315cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
231cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
170cm (Kanenonaruoka)
145cm (Maruyama)
360cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
150cm (Shomen)
250cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
160cm
Hakuba Minekata:
170cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:33am on Tuesday 2nd February 2010
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