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I think before I move to Japan (one day) I should read some ltierature on snow conditions

Considering what a small % of cost it is it could be a worthwhile expense

especially if I am considering hiking Shiribetsu this year

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A man died on shiribetsu on 16/1/2010 on a guided tour, below is the avalanche report for the day.


Moiwa base 6am: -10℃, 45cm of highly wind effected snow, consisting of broken particles, amorphous crystals and graupel.
Coastal data: 18m/s NW at Benkei cape, 13m/s NNW, 3m waves and 1017hp at Kamui cape.
Annupuri peak wind: NNW 28.3m/s at 6am.
Mizuno no sawa knoll wind: 18m/s NW, -15℃.
The atmospheric pressure gradient is steep and the snow storm is persisting in Shiribeshi area.
The cornices and snowdrifts in 1000m areas are drastically developing. Avalanche risk is extreme today.
All peak gates, including no. 6 (Moiwa) will be kept closed.
Do not traverse across to the cornice slopes of Annupuri Osawa from the gondola station.
The mountain is in an extremely dangerous condition today. Slabs that has developed suddenly due to the storm may collapse and slide with the slightest stimulation.
Too many lost people cases are happening in Moiwa/Ambetsu slope. These distresses come from pure ignorance and disregard of the Niseko Rules. Search and rescue are operated according to the same Rules.
Read and acknowledge the Rules before you step out of bounds.
Deep conditions continuing today.
In japan may 3-25

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I am glad you will be doing it with me Gozaimaas as I wouldnt know where to get that info from ;)

One day maybe, I look at it every year just that chute in between the trees







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