THIS IS NOT AN AVALANCHE BULLETIN. I WILL BE WRONG SOMETIMES. I WILL NOT KNOW IMPORTANT THINGS. IT IS INCOMPLETE. IT MAY QUICKLY BECOME OUT OF DATE. I AM NOT AN EXPERT AND FEW PEOPLE ARE.
I'll update this rolling summary of the weather and consequently the snowpack every week - I'm too busy and unpaid to do it more often. I'm attempting to divide the summary into elevation bands. This makes it more difficult, but Hakuba has a backcountry elevation range of about 2500m. That is a lot of terrain vertical scale and the snowpack develops very differently in each elevation band as the season un-winds, and winds-up. This is the kind of avalanche info I would want if I were going to another place to backcountry ski in avalanche terrain.
Use at your own risk. If you die, it is your fault, not mine.
Who am I? I'm damian, owner of Hakuba MountainLife, local backcountry guide. Ten years in Hakuba's backcountry. Member of the Association of Canadian Mountain Guides in the backcountry ski guide stream. Professional Member of the Canadian Avalanche Association. Professional Member of the Japan Avalanche Network. Instructor of over 55 Avalanche Canada AST1 and AST2 courses. [This info is provided so that you can verify if you want to trust me or not. The listed organizations do not endorse anything on this blog.]
FINALLY... please remember the "Avalanche Triangle". On the sides of the triangle are three important elements of avalanche risk management: Terrain, Weather, Snowpack. In the center of the triangle is the the fourth element, the Human Factor (briefly, your personality). This weekly summary is about the snowpack. Only one of four elements, and the least important. Master the others.