Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 16th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 16th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 16th December 2010
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Though lower runs aren't skiable yet Hakuba is starting to whiten out and temps are getting cold enough to freeze the handbrakes of anyone not used to leaving them off at night and freeze car locks and doors shut and it didn't take long to forget the hammering rain we had two nights ago.

The base on higher runs is beginning to thicken out and with Goryu reporting 60 cms on Alps Daira and temperatures of -6 degrees precipitation at altitude is coming down as nice powder - all we need now is temperatures to stay low when the next storm comes through.

Possible snow tonight and tomorrow night hopefully bringing enough to pack out lower runs. Operations on all mountains are limited, Happo is opening today with 2 lifts set to be running by lunchtime. Current forecast is for warming next week; it's gonna take a decent storm to really kick things off here but at least there is a choice of lifts running and enough snow to get legs stretched out and season warm-up runs in effect.


Official snow depths and operations @ 16th December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting up to 20cm of new snow overnight up top.
Alps no daira - 60cm;
Toomi - 10cm;
Iimori - 10cm;
Alps no daira Panorama course is open; Grand Prix course also now open.
Gondola and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts are operating.

Hakuba 47:
Snow depth (upper) - 33cm;
Route 8 (upper part) open;
Line E lift operating.

Happo has opened for the season from today. The Gondola, Alpen quad and Kurobishi quad lifts are operating. Courses open are the Usagidaira course and part of Kurobishi.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 60cm;
Lower slopes - 5cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 70cm.
Gondola, Tsuga No pair lift and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts are operating with just those top slopes open at the moment.

Other resorts:

Hakuba Iwatake plans to open for the season on 18th December.

Hakuba Minekata and Hakuba Sanosaka plan to open for the season on 23rd December.

Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Thursday 16th December 2010
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Happo-one, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen are now open.

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