Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th February 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:32am on Thursday 6th February 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
ENE
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Thursday 6th February 2020, 9:32am
8cm
Wednesday 5th February 2020, 8:46am 0cm
Tuesday 4th February 2020, 9:06am 0cm
Monday 3rd February 2020, 9:37am 0cm
Sunday 2nd February 2020, 8:01am 0cm
Saturday 1st February 2020, 8:10am 0cm
Friday 31st January 2020, 9:30am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 9cm
Last 14 reports (total): 19cm
Current month (February 2020) total: 8cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 110cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:32am on Thursday 6th February 2020
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba and good news with fresh snow on the ground.

This morning there's a few different numbers to report: Goryu, 47 and Happo-one all reporting 5cm down at base and 10cm higher up. (To add to that, Hakuba 47 seem to have been mentioning up to 15cm of snow on the upper slopes yesterday afternoon which is admittedly kind of confusing).

Hakuba Cortina is looking good with an impressive 40cm being reported across the mountain and I note that also Tsugaike are reporting up to 40cm too... so going on those numbers it would seem that those resorts in a more northerly location got more overnight.

I myself can report 8cm on the ground at base since yesterday. I have been over to Goryu and Happo-one early morning as an additional look round before making this report.

It is a very cold morning with light snow still falling.

As of 9am it looks like the top lifts at Happo-one are on hold due to the weather conditions. As far as I can tell other resorts are open as planned.

We can expect some sunshine tomorrow so while today should of course be good, tomorrow should be a real feel-good day out on the mountain. :)

Here is the OFFICIAL DATA table for today.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 475cm10cm306cm
Hakuba Cortina40cm40cm310cm
Hakuba Goryu5cm10cm351cm
Hakuba Happo-one5cm10cm435cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



The seemingly never-ending tension served up from some people regarding snowfall numbers in Hakuba continues.

I report from base. It is clearly stated on the report - with added additional emphasis this season - just to be sure that people who are reading the reports are clear on that point.

Just like the other reports on this website. They too are also reporting from the base of their ski resort areas. They aren't all unfairly reporting from the summit. It isn't a competition.

But I cannot / will not report more than I observe.

The number that I report is the amount of snowfall that has fallen at base.

In that new table above, I am also very clearly reporting what the ski resorts themselves are reporting.

Look!!!

Today Goryu, 47 and Happo-one are all reporting 5cm at base.

Are these ski resorts plotting some cunning plan against Hakuba?

No, of course not.

They are just reporting the situation.

They love Hakuba dearly, just as I do.

(* Note that I am actually reporting more than they are this morning)

Look!!!

Cortina are reporting 40cm of snowfall at their base this morning.

Do I mention that or do I hide it from readers? Of course I report it. Why on earth would I not be excited about that? Read my report above.

Look at the photos in the report.

I would like to note that out of the literally hundreds of email messages we have received after those recent general comments, almost all of them were very kind and sometimes long messages of support from people who are really happy that they are not just being 'sold to' in the reports on this website. Sadly, the only sarcastic negative comments came from a few people who are apparently in the business of selling Hakuba. That makes me sad, and a few other things too. (Might I add that there are many, many fine people here doing very good things).

I am pretty sure that most 'normal' people who are reading the reports will make a note of how much snow has fallen on the mountain as well as at base and read the commentary text that goes with them. Because these things are clearly laid out in the reports.

Every.

Single.

Morning.

They will read the reports, take them for what they are and not sit up at night agonising over numbers. (Normal people just don't do that).

There, I've had my say.

To the 99% - my apologies for the above, I just felt the need to say it.

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Individual ski resort information
This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- All courses apart from the following are at least part open:
- Central
- Kokusai
- Nakiyama Wall/North
- Shirakaba South/North
- Kurobishi Off-Piste
- Omusubi Off-Piste
- The base Nakiyama South area is open
- The base Sakka areas are part open
- Otherwise, take the Gondola or other lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 190cm
- Usagidaira: 120cm
- Nakiyama: 25cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones are part open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 175cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Toomi Number 2 pair

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 190cm
- Toomi: 70cm
- Iimori: 45cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Han-no-ki Number 4
- Tsuga Number 1 pair
- Han-no-ki Number 2 pair
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses open:
- Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open
- 'Lower course through the forest' is closed
- DBD: Gate 1 is open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 180cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating, Number 5 confirming safety

Courses open:
- A number of courses on hold at the start of the day

Official snow depth:
- Top: 160cm
- Base: 90cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- All lifts are operating

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
- All lifts apart from Number 7 are operating

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- 4sen East
- 4sen North
- View2
- 5sen South

Open courses:
- 5 courses open on the Mountain Side
- Village Side is closed

Hakuba Sanosaka
- All lifts are operating

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Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one

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About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report

Archive report: Posted at 9:32am on Thursday 6th February 2020
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

See above. Top lifts at Happo-one on hold at the start of the day

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th February 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Thursday 6th February 2020
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Thursday 6th February 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
6th February 8cm 0cm 8cm
5th February 0cm 1cm 22cm
4th February 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd February 0cm 0cm 0cm
2nd February 0cm 4cm 4cm
1st February 0cm 3cm 0cm
31st January 1cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 9cm 8cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 19cm 80cm 122cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 112cm 158cm
January observed snowfall total 70cm 207cm 202cm
February observed snowfall total 8cm 33cm 103cm
March observed snowfall total - 47cm 17cm
April observed snowfall total - 21cm 20cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 110cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th February 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
28cm
[32cm]
70cm
[102cm]
8cm
[110cm]
- - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
[0cm]
112cm
[112cm]
207cm
[319cm]
33cm
[352cm]
47cm
[399cm]
21cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
158cm
[205cm]
202cm
[407cm]
103cm
[510cm]
17cm
[527cm]
20cm
[547cm]
0cm
[547cm]
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
242cm
[307cm]
151cm
[458cm]
65cm
[523cm]
4cm
[527cm]
0cm
[527cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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