Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 20th February 2016

Hakuba Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Hakuba (Nagano), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 20th February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently but expected
wind condition
Light southerly
Decent
This report
Saturday 20th February 2016, 8:32am
0cm
Friday 19th February 2016, 8:57am 0cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 16cm
Last 14 reports (total): 65cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 74cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 276cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 20th February 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

A fine day again yesterday weather-wise, just getting warm and toasty once again leaving us with fairly wet and heavy snow conditions on lower areas in particular.

It is a cloudy start to this Saturday morning here in Hakuba and a temperature of +2C at 8:30am. I would expect fairly icy snow conditions early on but things should loosen up fairly quick as the temperatures rise further.

Today we are expecting a high of around 6 degrees in the village and rain/sleet to move in from the south. Different forecasts have different details but let's hope that we can avoid the 'heavy rain' that some of them threaten. Thankfully even that shouldn't be too prolonged though with snow due overnight, so hopefully I'll have good snow news in my report tomorrow morning.

The forecast over the coming week is fairly promising with a return to mid-winter like temperatures and heavy snow due around Tuesday into Wednesday.

It's the 46th Fire Festival at Happo-one tonight, starting at 7:30pm over at the Nakiyama area of the resort. Weather: please be friendly!

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I have mentioned this before, but if you are new to our reports and indeed new to Hakuba, please do take a bit of time to look back at previous season reports to get a good idea of how a season usually goes.

Not just in Hakuba but in many regions of Japan, this winter season is proving to be very 'not normal' in terms of weather, temperatures and snowfall.

Anyway, you can find all the previous archive Hakuba Now reports at the bottom of this page.

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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 8:30am on Saturday 20th February 2016 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All courses are open.
The Osaru (lower) area of the Tree Riding Zone open (Gate 3).
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba 47.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 210cm
Base: 115cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
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: 245cm
Toomi: 125cm
Iimori: 125cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Happo-one is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
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: 205cm
Nakiyama: 70cm
Sakka: 50cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
All lifts open. All courses open except Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2, Mt Hieda 3, Itadaira Ridge and Giant.
The Ikenota area will be open for 'nighta' until 9pm tonight (9pm on Saturdays).
Official snow depth:
Top: 180cm
Base: 110cm

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: 215cm
Maruyama: 80cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 80cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall this morning.
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).
Winter Triathlon Festa today and tomorrow, so the cross country area is currently closed to general public.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper: 120cm
Lower: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
All courses apart from Expert Course are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
140cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
All of the courses are open.
There is no 'nighta' at Hakuba Sanosaka.
Official snow depth:
85cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Saturday 20th February 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 20th February 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Saturday 20th 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 Saturday 20th 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 Saturday 20th February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
20th February 0cm 10cm 0cm
19th February 0cm 0cm 1cm
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
Previous 7 days total 16cm 51cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 65cm 84cm 88cm
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 Saturday 20th 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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