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
20170329 Clear Nil ~ 2cm ~ ~ 146cm
20170327 Clear Nil ~ 1cm ~ ~ 150cm
20170326 Clear Nil ~ 0cm ~ ~ 152cm
20170325 Clear Nil ~ 3cm ~ ~ 157cm

Hakuba Backcountry Weekly Snowpack Summary

Each season I try to provide useful avalanche and backcountry ski quality info here. Please check back in late December.

Seasonal Comparisons