Hakuba Avalanche Info & Snow Report: 9th January 2012

Thanks to Hakuba Alpine Guides for this info.

For those traveling to Hakuba there is now a detailed and valuable Avalanche Bulletin.The summary information can be found here. The detailed report can be found by clicking on the summary heading and text, or the link that says “more here” (in Japanese). We believe that the bulletin will be available a minimum of three days a week – the weekends, midweek, and also public holidays. Starting soon, the bulletins will also be available in English. Anyone heading into the side country or backcountry should check this report. With future support, hopefully the bulletin will be available on every day of the week. The report currently shows considerable risk of avalanche above the tree line so be careful up there!

Now to the snow. Reasonably warm in Hakuba with not much new snow to talk of since this morning. Hopefully more on the way Wednesday.

Hakuba 47 196cm
Cortina 240cm
Happo-one 150cm
Tsugaike 200cm
Goryu 215cm
Iwatake 120cm
Norikura 175cm

Lee Lyon has been in Hakuba and this is a video from the weekend of him ripping it up. Enjoy!