Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 24th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:35am on Saturday 24th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:35am on Saturday 24th December 2011
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It is going to be a blue bird day today here in Hakuba. The sun is shining and it is a cold crisp morning, with the snow all sparkling it looks very beautiful and very Christmas-y.

There is no new snow to report today here in the valley but up high there are some great powder and packed powder conditions. Still a bit sketchy on lower slopes that go right to the bottom as there is grass and some rocks still showing through. With a little more snow and some grooming this will not be an issue and we can safely ski top to bottom.

This weekend should be busier on the resorts as most people have their Christmas and New Years Holiday, so expect some crowds and maybe longer lift lines. In our experience though, a long lift line wait in Hakuba is 15 minutes. So really nothing to get worried about as there are many resorts and people generally get spread out on the slopes.

In terms of forecasted snow we are excited and still waiting for this heavy snow that has been on the forecast for what seems like a long time now. Tonight is supposed to turn into a full-on blizzard and that is due to continue right through until Monday. Hopefully upwards of 20cms will fall overnight and then much more beyond that - it is not unlikely that we get even more than that during a very short time period...

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

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Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 24th 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, er, 1cm (!) of snow on the upper slopes this morning. Nighta should start for the season from this morning.Ski lifts/courses:
Just the No2, No4 pairs and Iimori No1 lifts not moving now - all others are open.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 115cm;
Toomi - 45cm;
Iimori - 45cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting no 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 - 130cm
Lower - 25cm

Happo-one:
Ski lifts/courses:
Still need more snow on lower slopes to get things going more. Hopefully with the heavy snow forecast later today this will soon not be an issue!
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 30cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
No new snow to report this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 125cm
Champion - 50cm

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.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Ski lifts/courses:
No1 and No6 pair lifts and No4 triple lifts are operating
Official snow depth:
50cm

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:
40cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Not enough snow to open yet.

Archive report: Posted at 9:35am on Saturday 24th December 2011
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