Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 22nd December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:22am on Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:22am on Thursday 22nd December 2011
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Happy day! We have got about 10cm's of new snow here at the village base this morning and it is still snowing as I am writing this, so we can be ready for some powder on all the resorts today. It is not too cold either down at 800m here in Hakuba so the snow is quite heavy but we are not going to complain. Things are still limited out on the resorts, but we should be completely open with all the lifts going full steam ahead really soon here with the forecast that we have just ahead of us. Keep an eye on the info below as it is updated for each resort around town.

Conditions on the hills today should be powder and chopped powder, groomed (with powder on top). So generally really good conditions on all of the upper slopes especially. Be careful when you ski or board right to the bottom as there are still rocks and grass, and man-made structures are still poking through as the base is not deep just as yet.

Today should see some more snow, but the heavy snow is now forecast to be with us on Saturday and Sunday. If the forecast comes true we will be in for some suddenly deep conditions on the resorts. So it should be absolutely a perfect white(out) Christmas for us all here in Hakuba.

Merry times and smiling snow covered faces coming down off the resorts is the way things are looking. Let's hope so!


Official snow depths and operations @ Thursday 22nd 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:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes with 3-5cm on the lower slopes. From today the downhill course is open, but the Champion Expert course is still not open.
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 and No3 pair lifts; Toomi Sky 4 and No2 pair; Cosmo 4 and Iimori Milky 4 lifts operating. Downhill course open. From tomorrow the Toomi No1 pair lift should also be open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 105cm;
Toomi - 40cm;
Iimori - 40cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting 6cm of new snow this morning.
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 - 126cm
Lower - 25cm

Ski lifts/courses:
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Panorama pair, Kokusai No3 pair and Skyline No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 80cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 20cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (access via Gondola), Tsuga No2 pair lifts operating. The Tsugaike Chuo triple lift and Skyliner II lift are now also operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 110cm
Champion - 50cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 10-20cm of fresh snow this morning.
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 105cm
Lower - 50cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Ski lifts/courses:
No1 and No6 pair lifts and No4 triple lifts are operating
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake plans to be part open - upper area - from tomorrow (Friday).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 40cm
Lower - 15cm

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 9:22am on Thursday 22nd December 2011
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

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

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