Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 23rd March 2009

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:34pm on Monday 23rd March 2009
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Archive report: Posted at 3:34pm on Monday 23rd March 2009
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After a day of non-stop rain yesterday everyone was relieved to wake up to sunshine this morning. The rain helped to clear what little snow there was left on the lower slopes, and effected to higher slopes by creating uneven terrain, ice and thinning the base somewhat. Looking on the bright side, the temperature has dropped slightly and looks to continue to drop throughout the coming week, so don't get out your spring wear just yet.

High winds today has kept a lot of people off the mountains, all gondolas were closed this morning and only lower lifts are open. The problem with only the lower lifts being open is that it means avoiding the dirt patches and the occasional protruding rock, but a great opportunity to work on directional skills. On the higher slopes the runs will be icy and hard, softening up through out the day.

The forecast looks good for the rest of the week, there are very low temperatures predicted and also moderate snow from Wednesday into the weekend. Winds will be picking up again also, strongest on Tuesday morning.

Official resort snow depths on 23rd Mar 09:
Happo-one: (22nd)
15cm (Shirakaba)
15cm (Sakka/Kitaone)
170cm (Kurobishi/Usagidaira)
Hakuba Goryu:
45cm (Iimori)
60cm (Toomi)
190cm (Alps daira)
Hakuba 47: (20th)
130cm
Tsugaike Kogen:
90cm (Kanenonaruoka)
100cm (Maruyama)
240cm (Tsuganomori)
Hakuba Iwatake:
20cm (Shomen)
120cm (Sancho)
Sun Alpina Sanosaka:
50cm

Archive report: Posted at 3:34pm on Monday 23rd March 2009
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All major resorts are still open, however, today all major resorts have closed Gondolas due to high winds. (Highland and Minekata are now closed)...check with resorts for details.

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