Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:19am on Thursday 18th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Bluebird
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight
Excellent
This report
Thursday 18th February 2016, 9:19am
10cm
Wednesday 17th February 2016, 8:43am 5cm
Tuesday 16th February 2016, 8:51am 1cm
Monday 15th February 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Sunday 14th February 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Saturday 13th February 2016, 8:15am 0cm
Friday 12th February 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 16cm
Last 14 reports (total): 70cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 74cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 276cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Thursday 18th February 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Yesterday was a good day.

Lots of snow falling mountain side and some very good snow conditions to enjoy. What we like.

Hakuba Cortina were reporting an impressive 40cm of fresh snowfall during the day yesterday with Hakuba 47 also reporting a good 20cm and over.

It always seems rather odd to me that the resorts don't seem to keep an ongoing clear record of all of this - not counting some social media posts which are sometimes a bit all over the place. I know that if I had a ski resort and 20cm of fresh snow had fallen since the previous morning, I'd want to be letting everyone know about it... but for example, up there on the 47 website they have "New snow: 0cm" this morning.

Curious.

/End personal observation!

Anyway, it was certainly falling on the mountain for lots of the day yesterday - big smiling faces - though not a huge amount down in the village with about 10cm to add to the total for down here.

This morning as expected it's all change again with clear blue skies and sunshine. One of those stunningly beautiful Hakuba mornings.

It has started off cold but it's going to be a fine day and probably going to feel warm as well especially down in the village - perhaps rising to about 5 degrees.

Tomorrow looks likely to be more of the same, and perhaps a little bit warmer still (but we hope not).

The next snow will probably over the weekend.

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It's the 46th Fire Festival at Happo-one on Saturday. Lots of festival-type events going on including a torchlit skiing display, performances and fireworks. It's usually fun to see and mingle with the crowds. Anyway, that starts at 7:30pm over at Nakiyama (Happo-one) - on Saturday 20th.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:40am on Thursday 18th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
There was on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All courses are open.
The Osaru (lower) area of the Tree Riding Zone open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 215cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0-2cm of fresh snowfall on lower areas and 10cm on upper area.
There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All courses except Snow Diving and Adventure are open.
The Toomi area will be open until 8:30pm tonight for 'nighta'.
Official snow depth
Alps: 250cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 125cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on mountain. There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All open - including Kurobishi Off Piste Area!
Happo Banks Snow Park is also now open.
The lower Nakiyama area is open for 'nighta' every day until 9pm.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 220cm
Nakiyama: 90cm
Sakka: 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 40cm of fresh snowfall during the day yesterday.
All courses scheduled to be open apart from Itadaira Ridge. Currently being checked at time of writing.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 8pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 210cm
Base: 135cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All course areas are open apart from Uma-no-se and part of Rinkan course.
Nighta at Karamatsu/Shirakaba on 20th February and 5th/12th/19th March.
Note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens from spring.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 228cm
Maruyama: 100cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0-10cm of fresh snowfall this morning since last night. There was more on the mountain during the day yesterday.
All of the Village Side is open but parts of the Mountain Side not open (Sonezawa, Dangan, Kamo 4, Five Side, View A, View B).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 130cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Expert Course are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
150cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
90cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:19am on Thursday 18th February 2016
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Thursday 18th February 2016
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 18th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
18th February 10cm 1cm 0cm
17th February 5cm 0cm 1cm
16th February 1cm 0cm 30cm
15th February 0cm 20cm 30cm
14th February 0cm 20cm 0cm
13th February 0cm 5cm 0cm
12th February 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 16cm 46cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 70cm 77cm 90cm
November observed snowfall total 10cm 0cm 35cm
December observed snowfall total 54cm 276cm 122cm
January observed snowfall total 138cm 126cm 97cm
February observed snowfall total 74cm 105cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 111cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 276cm 619cm 423cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th February 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
138cm
[202cm]
74cm
[276cm]
- - -
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
276cm
[276cm]
126cm
[402cm]
105cm
[507cm]
111cm
[618cm]
1cm
[619cm]
0cm
[619cm]
2013/2014 season - 35cm
[35cm]
122cm
[157cm]
97cm
[254cm]
91cm
[345cm]
70cm
[415cm]
8cm
[423cm]
0cm
[423cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
47cm
[47cm]
185cm
[232cm]
149cm
[381cm]
168cm
[549cm]
10cm
[559cm]
6cm
[565cm]
0cm
[565cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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