Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 12th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:17pm on Sunday 12th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 1:17pm on Sunday 12th February 2012
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More snow to report today from Hakuba. It was snowing earlier on this morning and another 10-15cm or so on lower slopes and more up top (see individual resort reports below), but since then it has cleared up somewhat and now around lunchtime the is an increasing amount of blue sky up there and the sun is shining down as I write this. Some dramatic clouds remain over parts of the village and parts of the mountains, but it has turned into a lovely early afternoon.

Strong winds in places have spoilt the fun a bit today with the top parts of Happo closed and other lifts in other resort areas also liable to be stopped today.

We might see more of the sun over the next few days as well, along with cloud and milder conditions. Hopefully less wind. Tomorrow and Tuesday look like temperatures will rise again, especially on Tuesday, but we should be back to the cold from around Wednesday.


There was a large skier-triggered avalanche reported yesterday on the North Bowls out of bounds and behind Happo One. Second hand reports indicated that it was triggered by a skier cutting across the top of the large steep headwall just above and lookers' right of the Happoike Sanso hut at the top of the lifts and ran full path, crossing the river at the bottom of the valley. No one caught; but a very close call.

Take extra care out there today; winds were strong last night and remain strong on the ridges, heavily loading lee slopes that already have a deep persistent weak layer.


Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 12th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 30cm on upper slopes and 10cm of new snowfall on lower slopes. All lifts planned to be operating but strong winds have been affecting operations up top this morning. Liable to change.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 340cm;
Toomi - 180cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 report 25cm of new snowfall this Saturday morning. All lifts operating though Line E being affected by winds and sometimes not moving. Again, liable to change as per current conditions.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 242cm
Lower - 151cm

Ski lifts/courses:
The top areas of the resort are not open this morning due to strong winds. The Gondola is moving and most lower-mid area lifts.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 120cm;
Nakiyama - 110cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 260cm
Champion - 200cm

Hakuba Cortina:
More snow overnight and Cortina is reporting a further 10-15cm of new snowfall this morning. All courses and lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 240cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 170cm
Lower - 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 1:17pm on Sunday 12th February 2012
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