Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 3rd January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:48am on Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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Light / west wind 10km/h at village, stronger higher up
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Archive report: Posted at 9:48am on Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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It is sunny with some clouds this morning in Hakuba. We had about up to 10cm of fluffy snow fall yesterday in the village but it had stopped falling by the evening. It is very cold and clear outside this morning but the wind is generally light at lower levels. Looks like today is going to be everyone best 'hatsu suberi', the first day of fresh powder snow riding of the year 2012. The weather report says that tomorrow shoul be bringing with it heavy snow, which is great news. After that it looks like later in the week and into the weekend will bring more sunny clear conditions so would be certainly be good to get some decent snowfall in before then.

I mentioned the winds but up on the mountains this morning stronger winds are affecting lift operations in a few places. Hakuba 47 have just a short while ago got the gondola moving, but at reduced speed, and the top lifts at Goryu have been closed as well this morning. The top areas of Happo are also closed at the moment. For more details see below in 30 minutes as we update the information. Expect them to re-open as soon as they can...

Conditions on the hill are mostly groomed and packed powder, still some icy big moguls on the steeper runs and crud on the ungroomed terrain, but with more new snow covering the hills yesterday most of the brush and rocks are under the snow now. There are still some rocks and shrubs poking through on lower slopes so be careful there.

We could really do with a nice big decent snowdump to get all those numbers looking better... and perhaps it is soon on it's way.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 3rd January 2012 10AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reported 5cm of new snow since yesterday on the upper slopes. Top Alps daira lifts affected by wind this morning.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 200cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 90cm.

Hakuba 47:
Limited lifts at 47 early on due to winds but the Gondola is moving from 10am.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 186cm
Lower - 50cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Grad, Alpen quad, Kurobishi pair, Kurobishi quad, Usagidaira pair and Skyline 2 lifts affected by wind and closed early on. The rest of Happo is open.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 120cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 60cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 160cm
Champion - 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
30-40cm of fresh snow reported at Cortina since yesterday!
Official snow depth:
All open!
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 150cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 95cm
Lower - 50cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 9:48am on Tuesday 3rd January 2012
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