Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 19th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 4:23pm on Monday 19th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 4:23pm on Monday 19th December 2011
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Good afternoon from Hakuba. More snow to report today from Hakuba - not a huge amount again, but it has been coming down and probably 10-15cm since yesterday.

Things have been getting a bit brighter and clearer down in village level this late afternoon, with clouds still cover the upper area of the mountains... but not for long though as it will of course soon be getting dark for the evening. Right now it is around 0 degrees in Hakuba and while it is holding off at the moment, we do have some more snow expected overnight. These small portions of extra cm of snow are allowing resorts to slowly open up a bit more. At Goryu you can actually ski down to base now but things are still limited as we wait for that mega-dump that seems to be on it's way. See below for the latest.

Yes, take a look at the forecast on the resort pages on the site. By the end of this week we are looking at some very heavy snowfall moving in and giving us a very fine and fluffy Christmas present. Hopefully by next weekend the resorts will be in full swing, if strong winds don't prevent that of course. Keep an eye on that forecast though as it is looking like it should be something special.


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 19th December 2011 PM:
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:
Goryu reporting 10-15cm of new snow.
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 pair lift; Alps Daira No3; Toomi Sky 4; Iimori Milky 4. You can now ski down to base at Goryu as more of the resort officially opens up.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 85cm;
Toomi - 35cm;
Iimori - 35cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting another 20cm of fresh snow today on upper slopes.
Ski lifts/courses:
Gondola (to get people to Line 8), Line A, Line C and Line E lifts operating. All courses apart from Line 7, the lower part of Line 1 and the DBD Kamoshika areas are open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Lower - 20cm

Ski lifts/courses:
The Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Panorama pair lift and Gondola are operating today. From today also the Skyline No2 pair lift is operating and the Skyline course is open. Kokusai No3 pair and Kurobishi No3 pair also started moving today, so things gradually opening up. You still can’t ski down to base though.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
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:
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 85cm
Lower - 40cm

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 4:23pm on Monday 19th December 2011
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

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

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