Backcountry Travel Advisory – 20th Jan 2008

Recent low temperatures have not been helping to increase bonding at the interface between the January 12th rain crust and January 14th wind slab. New slab avalanches that have been observed on South and South East aspects in the alpine over the past few days are testament to the poor bonding. Winds at ridge top have been moderate North westerlies …

January 18th, 2008

There’s been a great drop in temperature over the last week and freezing temperatures continuing today with some nice powder to be found for those in the know yesterday. Hints of snow though nothing in the valley this morning, but snow forecast next week along with cold temperatures so conditions should be looking good for the rest of January. Forecast: …

January 12th, 2008

New snow base figures represent the depletion caused by last nights rainfall and recent lack of snow. Snow falling fast and wet today so hopefully we see a decent increase and colder temperatures bringing lighter snow all round. Heavy rain down to who knows what altitude from last night to 7:00 this morning. Temperatures have dropped and snow has started …

January 8th, 2008

Enter the Trimodal Challange “Riders Unite! Calling all snowboarders, Telemarkers and Skiers! Come one come all for the 3rd Annual Tri-Modal Challenge! 2 days of Mad sliding action, Bands/BBQ/Booze at night and race in 3 modes by day! Individual or teams of 3 all seek the glory of the coveted Tri-Modal Crown! ” This April 5th & 6th in Hakuba …

January 3rd, 2008

All smiles yesterday and still mad amounts of powder to be found. Snow came again this AM with 5 cms at the base and about 10 cm up on top. Packed powder and groomed conditions with a superb base to build on here in Hakuba now. Currently patches of blue sky appearing in Hakuba today, but still lightly snowing on …

January 1st, 2008

Happy New Year to all you powder freaks around the world. And may the snow gods bless you as they have been blessing the Hakuba Valley over the last 3 days. Snow, Snow and more SNOW!!! The last 3 days have been insane with the amounts of snow that Hakuba Valley and the resorts have been receiving. This morning was …

Hakuba Snow Report December 29

Well it’s a balmy 4 degrees C in the valley this morning with temperatures rising before they drop later this afternoon. Right now we are experiencing RAIN up to 1650 metres. The only good news to be found today is that once the temperature drops we will have what looks like could produce a week of intense snow. So get …

Hakuba Snow Report December 28

Late report today as we waited to see how the day would turn. High cloud this morning obscured above around 2000m and the precipitation that was forecast for Hakuba this weekend has come bringing snow above around 1500m. Winds from the South-West, a big low coming in, and temperatures of -1 at present set to begin dropping over tomorrow and …

Hakuba Snow Report December 27

Another bluebird day today. From the echoland base the sound of a military fleet preparing for takeoff could be heard from last night through to the early hours and those in the know knew the Happo snow-makers were out in full force…a depressing sound at this time of year. Groomed runs and spring-like conditions today. Bottom runs are showing rocks …

Hakuba Snow Report December 26

Bluebird day today, no fresh snow but nice groomed runs. Relatively quiet day on the slopes after the long weekend and Christmas. Snow possible over the weekend. Enjoy… Backcountry Travel Advisory: Nice clear day and cold temperatures. Good day for hiking and snow pit evaluations. Still watch out for the lee slopes which got a heavy load from the winds …