This personal blog contains snow, avalanche and weather data along with weekly commentary that may be useful in planning your Hakuba backcountry outings.

More important than anything else

1. Hakuba Avalanche Bulletin by the Japan Avalanche Network.
2. Understand the Avalanche Danger Scale.
3. Know what the avalanche problem is and how to avoid it.
4. Carry beacon, shovel and probe in the backcountry. Know how to use them.

Other useful info

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Recent weather data recorded at 6am each day for the preceding 24 hours. Altitude 800m.

Date Cloud Cover Precip type and rate Rain Altitude 6am temp Max temp Min temp 24hr New Snow 24hr New Water Equiv 24hr New Density Storm Total Snow Depth Baro Pressure
20161209 Overcast S < 1cm/hr ~ -1C 4C -4C 0cm ~ ~ 0cm 11cm 915mbar
20161208 Overcast S 1cm/hr ~ -1C 4C -1C 20cm 16mm 80kg/m3 20cm 22cm 920mbar

Hakuba Backcountry Conditions Weekly Report

Welcome to the 2017/18 season. Each week we will post a summary of conditions and an outlook for the coming week. These posts will start once backcountry skiing really gets underway in Hakuba, and by the looks of things, that be in mid-December or later.

Seasonal Comparisons