Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th February 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:11am on Friday 13th February 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Friday 13th February 2009
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We made short work of the powder on the resorts yesterday and with blue skies all day there were smiles all round. 40 cms or so up top of medium-dry powder meant jostling to be first on the Gondola...the sounds of people running up the road to Goryu could be heard from 7:30 and a delay in opening the Gondola made the line look like that of middle-aged women lining up for Department Store discount sales.

The nice weather had people hiking up for some farther afield tracks and there were some good lines to be had if you knew where to go...compression tests on the Northern aspects were not encouraging for dropping into any open bowls though. Snow Stability Information will be updated tomorrow; take care today, dig pits, use your heads and proceed with due caution if entering BC areas.

Not as inspiring this morning with grey skies and no snow overnight. Temps are mild today measured at -1 at 1600m at 6 this morning and in the valley we were already in the positives by 8:00 AM...some of the fresh snow in the rice fields around is looking pretty pock-marked already. That said we had some nice runs this morning with the new snow packed down and groomed well. No wind to speak of and good visibility...it could be a lot worse and there's still some powder out there somewhere.

The forecast for overnight / tomorrow is a little depressing at this stage and personally I'm hoping yahoo's forecaster has had one to many nights on the chu-hi's and cheap whisky and pushed the wrong buttons...he's calling for rain beginning tonight and dripping its anti-fun juice through till tomorrow lunchtime. Dunno about everyone else but I'll be biding my time tomorrow waiting for next weeks snow.

Official resort snow depths on 13th Feb 09:
65cm (Shirakaba)
70cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
215cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
115cm (Iimori)
115cm (Toomi)
220cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47:
Tsugaike Kogen:
130cm (Kanenonaruoka)
130cm (Maruyama)
230cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
75cm (Shomen)
145cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
Hakuba Minekata:
Hakuba Highland:

Nighta tonight is scheduled at:

Hakuba Goryu (Toomi);
Happo-one (Nakiyama);
Hakuba Cortina Kokusai (Ikenoda)

Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Friday 13th February 2009
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All resorts are open...check with resorts for details.

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