Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 19th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:52am on Sunday 19th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:52am on Sunday 19th December 2010
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After hanging out for the last two weeks for some good snow yesterday was a powder hit for everyone. Blue skies this morning showed what remained and with most of the lower runs not pressed yet there were first tracks top to bottom down the mountains all over the place.

This weekend is a big treat for all snow lovers with overcast snowy pow conditions yesterday and bluebird skies today and everyone is out in force for the first time this season.

The snow has allowed resorts to begin getting going properly and pretty much all of the resorts in the Hakuba and Otari Villages are now open with limited operations.

Forecast is for more precipitation to come soon; looks like things will still be warm and so how much of that falls as snow will be the deciding factor for how things shape up over the early part of the new week with everyone dreaming of a White Christmas it's sure to come!


Official snow depths and operations @ 19th December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The snow depths have increased a bit once again.
Alps daira - 90cm;
Toomi - 35cm;
Iimori - 30cm;
All of the Alps daira area is now open. Gondola and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts are operating. Parts of Toomi and Iimori areas are also now open with the Toomi Sky Four lift and Milky Four lift moving. The downhill course from Alps daira to the Toomi area is still not officially skiable.

Hakuba 47:
Snow depth (upper) - 50cm;
Now all of the official routes at Hakuba 47 are open apart from Route 7 and the lower part of Route 1. All lifts apart from the Pair line D lift are operating at the resort. Unchanged from yesterday.

Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
Lower slopes - 10cm
Happo is planning to open the Skyline course from noon today (Sunday).
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi quad, Panorama pair lift, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 and Kokusai 1 lifts are operating.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 102cm.
The Gondola, Tsuga No 1 and No 2 pair lifts and Han-no-ki No 4 lift lifts are operating today with the top areas of the resort open.

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 40cm
Lower - 5cm
Iwatake is now part open. The Gondola as well as the View No 3 pair lift, Iwatake No 4 pair lift and Kamoshika No 4 pair lifts are operating - you need to get the Gondola back down the mountain.

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

Archive report: Posted at 9:52am on Sunday 19th December 2010
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura & Cortina are now open.

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