Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:06am on Friday 8th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Lots of cloud, bit of blue sky
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None, snow expected later
wind condition
Pretty decent
This report
Friday 8th January 2016, 9:06am
Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:50am 4cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 8:56am 0cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 9:05am 0cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:46am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:55am 0cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 45cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 18cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 82cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Friday 5pm update:

Very very light snowfall in the village (more higher up), but I do have some news and wanted to share it.

Hakuba Happo-one will be starting up their top Grat Quad lift and opening the Riesen Grat course from tomorrow (Saturday) at 8am. Hurray!

Now.... lots more snow please...


Original morning report:

Snow was falling yesterday and really coming down up on the slopes in some area - at least at times. I'm not usually into white-out situations myself, but it was great to experience them up at 47 yesterday afternoon. It apparently eased off up there later in the day with not much more overnight.

So what was the haul? Let's see what the resorts are officially reporting, this is the information as available (which is unfortunately sometimes reported in a 'less than clear' and consistent fashion):

Hakuba 47 - 15cm on upper slopes during the day, an additional 10-15cm overnight and 1cm at base overnight.
Hakuba Goryu - 10cm on upper slopes and 5cm on lower slopes
Happo-one - 20cm yesterday, reporting 5cm more this morning
Hakuba Cortina - 20-30cm of fresh snowfall

So generally it looks like there'll be a decent fresh layer up there this morning from yesterday. No doubt if you are actually in Hakuba at the moment you'll already be up there by the time this gets posted. (Hope you have a good morning).

It is fantastic to see fresh snow of course and be able to play in some fresh. And something of a relief as well, though of course we really need much more as it is not enough to transform the (mostly) limited opening status of resorts. The main change I can notice this morning is that Hakuba Cortina have their Number 1, 5 and 6 lifts moving once again along with a few more courses opening.

What we need is that regular, consistent, prolonged, full-on snowstorm feel - something that has been lacking this season so far. (And I don't just mean in Hakuba but in many regions of Honshu). So with that in mind let's have a look at how the forecast is shaping up.

Looking good for more snow later on today, on and off tomorrow with perhaps some sunshine mixed in there and then more snow is due on Sunday and Monday. Temperatures don't look likely to be getting too low which is perhaps a point of concern, but let's ignore that and remain cautiously very optimistic about the upcoming snowfall. :)

Monday is a holiday in Japan so we are about to enter a three-day weekend. Traditionally this coming weekend is one of the most popular (read: rather busy!) weekends of the season, so do expect lots of people to be around especially with fresh snow on the menu. An early start is recommended.


6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 8:50am on Friday 8th January 2015 (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting, er, varying amounts of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 105cm
Base: 10cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5-10cm of new snowfall.
Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course in upper area, the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open.
The upper-lower connecting Champion Dynamic and Woody courses are unfortunately closed due to the snow conditions.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 125cm
Toomi: 40cm
Iimori: 30cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 5cm of new snowfall this morning but was reporting 20cm yesterday during the day.
Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open with lower course areas still closed.
Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kitaone quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 70cm
Nakiyama: 20cm
Sakka: 10cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 20cm of fresh snow and have their Number 1, 5 and 6 lifts moving once again.
Courses open - Ikenota, Ikenota Forest (upper), Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1, Itadaira, Itadaira Forest, Giant, Ipponmatsu.
Planned lifts:
Number 1 pair lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 4 pair lift
Number 5 pair lift
Number 6 pair lift
Official snow depth
Top: 115cm
Base: 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Large sections of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
7 lifts currently operating at Tsugaike Kogen.
Part of the upper area and part of the lower area of the resort is open - middle areas not open as we wait for more snow.
Use the Gondola to get back town from upper areas.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 123cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Very limited area of the Mountain Side (East course) is currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
4Sen Line East
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 60cm
Lower: 10cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
3 lifts are operating and 3 courses are now open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift operating (Number 2 quad used for connection).

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Still limited as we wait for more snowfall, see report for more information

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