Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:52am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
NNE
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:52am
14cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:55am 3cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:15am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:41am 0cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 8:34am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 7:45am 0cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 8:56am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 76cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 242cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 307cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good news this morning everyone.

After that snow to rain thing going on early yesterday morning, by the end of yesterday it was back to snow and this morning there's a fresh layer out there.

Here is what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Hakuba 47: 15-20cm
Hakuba Cortina: 15-20cm
Hakuba Goryu: 10-20cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 15cm

I am measuring 14cm at my point so it looks like we can expect a fresh layer of around 15-20cm out on the slopes. Hopefully enough to cover that rained-on hard layer we had yesterday.

It is a cold morning and while there is a lot of cloud still around there has been some blue sky on show in places and the local forecast does seem to point to clearing up conditions. We may end up with some sunshine.

More snowfall is due from later in the day tomorrow and through Thursday too. Maybe a decent amount too. Sounds good!

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A message from SnowJapan

Firstly, we would again like to thank everyone who has sent in messages this season regarding our daily reports and website in general. We read them all and appreciate the feedback. And we hope that if you have already visited Japan this season, you timed it well with conditions at your chosen destination.

It is perhaps inevitable that some people will compare the daily Now reports from different regions of Japan, and in particularly the observed new snowfall data that is posted on the reports. But if you do that please keep in mind that doing so is not really comparing like-for-like… and it’s certainly not ‘the whole picture’.

By comparing the observed snowfall data, essentially you are comparing how much snow is falling at base areas. While we believe that is a very interesting and useful piece of data - and is in fact the only practical first-hand data that could possibly be consistently recorded once a day – it is only one part of the situation.

Other important information, including the snowfall that ski resorts themselves might be reporting at higher elevations, can be found within the text of the report when available.

That is why we highly recommend that if you really want to get a more complete picture of what is going on in each of the areas covered in our reports, you should go through the individual reports including all the archives.

A few other quick points:

Each report is written independently from the other reports, by different people.

The reports are not ‘connected’ in any way.

For one reporter, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘cold’. For another reporter, on the same day, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘relatively warm’.

For one reporter, 15cm of snowfall overnight might be described as ‘a lot’. For another reporter, on the same day, 15cm of snowfall might be described as less exciting.

The person posting Niseko Now is reporting from Niseko, and is not making comparisons with any of the other reports, or considering what is happening elsewhere. (Unless clearly stated of course).

The person posting Hakuba Now is reporting from Hakuba, and the same applies.

While each report is coming to you from the respective resort base areas, some ski resorts have much more ‘vertical’ than others. Some will experience much more of a difference in the amount of snow that falls at base/village level than falls at higher elevations.

And one more very important thing.

If the reporters pretended to be overly-excited about conditions even when they are actually sub-par… not only would that be intentionally misleading, but how would you then know when they really were genuinely excited by excellent conditions?

Being able to clearly distinguish between varying situations is one of the real advantages of not feeling any need to talk up or sugar-coat conditions. Remember, we’re not a glossy travel brochure selling you holidays and tours.

What we are trying to do is to provide our readership with honest, interesting and informative reports. And we will continue to do that.

If you didn’t read the previous general messages that we posted on our daily reports, you can find them here.

Thank you!

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Tuesday 31st January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall.
All planned lifts are operating.
Tree Riding Zones should be open today.
Official snow depth
Upper: 280cm
Base: 140cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snowfall.
All scheduled lifts plan to be operating.
Official snow depth
Alps: 315cm
Toomi: 145cm
Iimori: 135cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses open.
The Kurobishi off-piste area is open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 195cm
Kurobishi: 195cm
Lower: 120cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
All courses apart from Uma-no-se and the course through the forest.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 295cm
Han-no-ki: 290cm
Maruyama: 170cm
Oya-no-hara: 150cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 140cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 15-20cm of fresh snowfall.
Official snow depth:
Top: 285cm
Base: 190cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Official snow depth:
Top: 170cm
Base: 100cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth:
Top: 230cm

Kashimayari:
Official snow depth:
Top: 175cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm

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Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on February 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm)
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Kashimayari:
Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts open as normal this morning

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(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 Tuesday 31st January 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 31st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st January 14cm 0cm 10cm
30th January 3cm 7cm 0cm
29th January 0cm 3cm 0cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 2cm
27th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
25th January 0cm 8cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 17cm 18cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 76cm 101cm 53cm
November observed snowfall total 1cm 10cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 64cm 54cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 242cm 138cm 126cm
February observed snowfall total - 82cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 35cm 111cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 307cm 321cm 619cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
242cm
[307cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
138cm
[202cm]
82cm
[284cm]
35cm
[319cm]
2cm
[321cm]
0cm
[321cm]
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]
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