Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:28am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:28am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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Good news friends - we awoke today to more snow. It snowed about 7cms in the village overnight and it is still snowing lightly this morning. We are hoping that this snow continues all day long and does not relent until the snow base is deep enough to ski right to the bottom of the resorts! It is not too cold outside today (-1C) and the snow at the village base is quite moist right at the moment, but hey at this stage we will take any snow whatsoever!

The snow conditions on the resorts today will be powder and packed powder on most runs and some moguls on steeper sections. Also watch out for icy sections too as where many skiers and boarders are funneled onto limited terrain it can get pretty hard-packed. Still take care going off piste as there are natural hazards in the trees. We are slowly adding to the base on the upper mountain but shallow snowpack may look tempting to blast through but branches, rocks and things might still be lurking under the snow.

As of today not all the runs are open here on the resorts in Hakuba still (see below) as we don't have enough base to open the to the bottom yet. It is looking like Monday might be a good day for a medium sized dump, then from Thursday onwards it is forecasted to get very cold and more flurries to roll in. Lets keep praying for the big snowfalls to arrive and make it a full-on winter wonderland in time for Christmas.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 18th December 2011 AM:
Especially in this early season period please note that conditions can change quickly - resort operations as well as the weather, as resorts try to get as much open as possible. So please keep that in mind.

Hakuba Goryu:
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 pair lift; Alps Daira No3 pair lift. The Milky Four lift opens today on the Iimori area. There's enough snow now up at the top of the resort for all of the runs up there to be open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 80cm;
Toomi - 30cm;
Iimori - 30cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting 20cm of fresh snow overnight at the resort.
Ski lifts/courses:
Gondola (to get people to Line 8), Line A, Line C and Line E lifts operating. All course apart from Line 7, the lower part of Line 1 and the DBD Kamoshika areas are open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 90cm
Lower - 20cm

Happo-one:
Ski lifts/courses:
The Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair lift and Gondola are operating today.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 60cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 20cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (access via Gondola) and Tsuga No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 70cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snow since yesterday.
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 95cm
Lower - 50cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake will open as soon as there is enough snow.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Hakuba Minekata:
Minekata plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Archive report: Posted at 9:28am on Sunday 18th December 2011
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu, 47, Happo, Tsugaike and Cortina all part open - see main report for details.

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