Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 11th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:13am on Saturday 11th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Fine, just a bit of early morning thin cloud
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
wind condition
Slight breeze
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Saturday 11th January 2020, 7:13am
Friday 10th January 2020, 9:59am 4cm
Thursday 9th January 2020, 9:07am 0cm
Wednesday 8th January 2020, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 7th January 2020, 10:02am 0cm
Monday 6th January 2020, 9:35am 0cm
Sunday 5th January 2020, 9:16am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 20cm
Last 14 reports (total): 33cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 32cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 64cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:13am on Saturday 11th January 2020
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

An early morning report this morning as I need to get myself over to Nagano city to meet some friends who are visiting from the UK.

Fine clearer skies are expected today. No fresh snowfall at base and I doubt any higher up, but it should be a fine morning. It is a cold start to the morning but will end up being rather mild during the day with a high of around +5C expected in the village.

Interesting early morning images (below) which have something of a different feel from usual.

I am not able to update the snow data table or individual ski resort information this morning due to the early timing, but I doubt there will be many changes. That updated information will be back tomorrow.

Today is the first day of the long weekend because Monday is a holiday in Japan (Coming of Age Day).

So this weekend we can expect the ski resorts to be... busy!!


I want to make it 100% clear that the timing of the report this morning is NOT in response to the below comments. I prepared my comments yesterday evening after receiving the message in the afternoon. The timing is purely coincidence. It is interesting timing though, because it effectively demonstrates how an early report means a lack of available updated information and results in a somewhat hobbled report.


Yesterday morning, I perhaps naively posted my comment about ‘the dog ate the homework’ (my computer crash) adding to the fact that there is so much information to check each morning. I believe I did so with a friendly smile on my face.

Knowing how some people are, though, perhaps I should avoid such comments...

I know. I know. Responding to people complaining and/or trolls probably just feeds them and is generally best avoided. But in this case, I wanted to respond as there are a few points that I want to emphasise to the wider readership.

Below is an e-mail sent in yesterday. As it was sent in anonymously, without a name and with no private information, I don’t see an issue in posting it unedited and responding:

"It seems that every day the person who is reporting for the Hakuba valley has some excuse as to why the report is late. In fact the report is next to useless. Posting a report at 9.30 am or later gives guests in the valley little time to make decision of where they should go on any given day. If you want people to value this report, noting that other areas seem to be able to post several hours earlier, you need to make a greater effort to ensure it is posted earlier and in so doing giving guests a real opportunity to chose while the buses are still running!”

First up.

You seem nice.


I do not 'report for the Hakuba Valley'.
I do not report on behalf of any ski resort.
I do not report on behalf of a collection of ski resorts, organisation… or for any other business.
These reports are 100% independent.
They are not a sponsored promotional tool of Hakuba Valley… or anyone else.
Nobody has any influence on the editorial content of the reports.


Our reports are not intended to be early morning reports directed at ‘guests’ who are choosing which ski resort to go to. Rather, we see them as more of an ongoing commentary of the season from start to finish. The large majority of the (many thousands of) people that read the reports each morning is doing so from outside of Hakuba. In many ways, this wider readership is who these reports are intended for, rather than people heading out for first tracks on any particular morning.

I endeavour to add information in the reports from the various ski resorts around Hakuba and Otari, as well as my own observations. There are quite a few ski resorts in the area – not just one. Some of the information from ski resorts is not always available early on and sometimes situations change as lifts get moving at the start of the day. So, there is indeed a lot of information that needs to be checked each morning and it does indeed take quite a lot of time to put together, especially in a situation like we have now where things are changing day by day.

Just to delve a bit further, this season we have increased the amount of time that is required to put the report together each morning by manually checking and updating that new snowfall data table and also increasing the number of photo images that we post. Until this year we were limited to three images in each report - we are now posting up to nine each morning. We have made these improvements in an effort to make the reports more comprehensive.

As my Niseko friend said a few days back - these things don’t just somehow magically appear.

The process of putting the reports together usually gets easier - and quicker - once all the ski resorts are fully open and the season is in full swing. But unfortunately, we are not there yet.

I would much rather put up a more comprehensive report at a later time than an early morning rushed post that is lacking in detail. Rushed reports every morning would not end up giving us that ongoing commentary of the season that we are trying to provide for everyone's benefit.

To our original emailer: if you want earlier information from the individual ski resorts, I recommend checking their official websites and/or the official Hakuba Valley website. They might meet your requirements. If you are staying in Hakuba, I am sure the staff at your accommodation will have early morning information for you – or at least be able to find it for you. Even before you get on the bus!

There are many fine people in Hakuba catering to visitors. Various businesses provide specific services to people who are visiting Hakuba - their ‘guests’.

In case you had not noticed, you are not a ‘guest’ of mine or this free-to-use and independent website. And by that I am essentially just pointing out that you do not pay us anything for our work and that we do not owe you anything.


As you think my reports are ‘next to useless’, I do wonder why you are still reading them. You clearly do not appreciate all the effort that is put into bringing you this free information every day for more than five months a year. Just don’t read them and save SnowJapan the bandwidth and perhaps your frustration at the same time. I think we would all be fine with that.

OK. I think that’s it for my ‘excuses’ today! ;)


If you do wish to contact me/us, you can do so from here.



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:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Skyline
- Riesen Slalom
- Kita-one 3
- Nakiyama South also part open so you can ski/board back to base over there side area

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 145cm
- Usagidaira: 105cm
- Nakiyama: 25cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Line A B pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E pair lift

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones not yet available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 115cm
- Base: 35cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Toomi Sky Four quad
- Toomi Number 1 pair
- Milky Four quad
- Number 1 pair

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Champion Dynamic
- Champion Expert
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Merry Land

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 115cm
- Toomi: 60cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Han-no-ki Number 3 quad
- Shirakaba quad
- Maruyama Number 1 quad
- Champion quad
- Tsugaike Number 1 pair
- Tsugaike Central Triple
- Karamatsu high speed pair
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyline II
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyline III
- Kane-no-naru-oka romance

Courses open:
- Most course areas are now at least part open
- Not open: Uma-no-se and Kane-no-naru-oka 2
- DBD not available yet

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 115cm
- Maruyama: 40cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 15cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- All lifts are operating

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 6

Operating courses:
- Most lifts open though some restrictions

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 3, 7 and 10 are operating

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- 4sen East
- 4sen North

Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 5 pair are operating


Photos today (below):

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


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 7:13am on Saturday 11th January 2020
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

See above - please note that individual ski resort data has not been updated this morning

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 11th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Saturday 11th January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 11th January 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)
*as of Saturday 11th January 2020
11th January 0cm 3cm 18cm
10th January 4cm 2cm 8cm
9th January 0cm 22cm 2cm
8th January 0cm 5cm 0cm
7th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
6th January 0cm 5cm 0cm
5th January 16cm 1cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 20cm 38cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 33cm 81cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 112cm 158cm
January observed snowfall total 32cm 207cm 202cm
February observed snowfall total - 33cm 103cm
March observed snowfall total - 47cm 17cm
April observed snowfall total - 21cm 20cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 64cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 11th January 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
2017/2018 season - 47cm
2016/2017 season - 1cm
2015/2016 season - 10cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season - 35cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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