Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:08am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:08am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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It looks like it should be a great day today on the resorts in Hakuba. Over the past 24 hours we have received about 15cm of new snow on the upper slopes, as it was snowing consistently all day long yesterday. Presently the weather is partially cloudy with patches of blue coming through and the sun trying to make an appearance.

Skiers and boarders can expect to be treated to powder conditions on almost every run on the upper mountains, though it is still relatively thin on the ground on lower slopes of course and not all resorts open down to base yet. The groomers have been out packing down all the snow to get a nice solid base and create some nice smooth beginner terrain. You should also be able to find nice pockets of powder on the edges of the runs.

Some gusty winds on the mountain may affect lifts this morning.

The forecast is still calling for heavy snow coming in over the weekend and we are super stoked to have finally something like real winter conditions on the hill and a white blanket of snow all through the village. Saturday night is Christmas Eve so if Santa delivers a fresh load of powder there will be a town full of happy happy snow kids!

Today is a national holiday and the first day of a three day weekend so we can expect places to start getting busier.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 23rd 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 another 15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning and 10cm on the lower slopes. Nighta was supposed to start from today on the Toomi area, but there isn't quite enough snow yet so they have delayed that.
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola) and 7 lifts now open with most of the resort now open. Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 115cm;
Toomi - 45cm;
Iimori - 45cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting 8cm of new snow this morning.
Ski lifts/courses:
Hakuba 47 have all of their courses open this morning, though lower slopes still need more snow and some parts of the lower may be closed off.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 138cm
Lower - 25cm

Ski lifts/courses:
More of Happo has opened today. The Sakka Kitaone Quad and Kitaone 3 and Kokusai 1 lifts are now also operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 80cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 30cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
More of the resort has opened up this morning and now more than half of the lifts are operating. Plenty area to have fun.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 125cm
Champion - 60cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 15-30cm of fresh snow this morning.
Ski lifts/courses:
Lifts No1 pair, No2 quad, No3 quad, No4 pair and No6 pair lifts operating with most courses now accessible.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 130cm
Lower - 70cm

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

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake is now part open - you need to take the Gondola back down to base
Official snow depth:
Upper - 40cm
Lower - 15cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Three lifts operating from today.
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Minekata:
Not enough snow to open yet

Archive report: Posted at 10:08am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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