Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 25th December 2019

Hakuba Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 25th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Beautiful blue skies
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Excellent
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This report
Wednesday 25th December 2019, 8:35am
0cm
Tuesday 24th December 2019, 9:06am 2cm
Monday 23rd December 2019, 8:43am 4cm
Sunday 22nd December 2019, 8:43am 0cm
Saturday 21st December 2019, 8:47am 0cm
Friday 20th December 2019, 8:23am 0cm
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:45am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 8cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 19cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 23cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 25th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a beautiful morning. The sun is out, there are lovely blue skies and the Hakuba mountains are looking stunning.

A cold start to the morning with a nice frosted look on the trees around my place.

And here is your new-look headline snowfall news for the day:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (base)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm116cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm14cm
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm116cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm5cm120cm
Tsugaike Kogen  85cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



See below for an explanation and expect that table in each report from now on. It adds a bit of time to preparation each day, but hopefully the information is worth it.

It looks like the lower part of R1 down to base at Hakuba 47 will be opening from around 10am as they busy themselves sorting out snow. Other than that, resort operations appear to be the same today.

So yes, a beauty of a day today and milder temperatures as the sun warms things up into the afternoon; cloudy skies are expected tomorrow.

Snow on Friday.

I wish you all a very merry Christmas. Peaceful friendly vibes to you all.

Now, where should I go today....

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We are adding additional information to our Hakuba Now reports - see the table of information above.

Here's an explanation:

All our regional daily Now reports on SnowJapan are run in the same way. The concept is the same. We report from base areas for every report. In a perfect world, we would be able to reliably check and record an accurate snowfall number every morning on a consistent basis from the same point on some defined upper slope of a mountain. But there are multiple reasons why that is just not practical/possible. By doing what we do, we can be wholly consistent throughout a season. It is something that can be reliably done every day of the season.

At the same time we realise that reporting snowfall at base is not perfect and that it does not provide a complete picture, and we have never pretended that our reports are gnarly on-mountain ski / backcountry reports.

So as well as reporting what is observed at base (a fact that we have made clearer above the data in recent days, you might have noticed), for each Hakuba Now report we also spend time gathering information and reporting on the snowfall numbers that are being reported on mountain by the ski resorts around the valley. If you read our reports – rather than just looking at the raw numbers and instantly coming to conclusions - you will already have known that.

We can understand the desire for big snow numbers. Of course we love being able to report full on snowstorms and impressive numbers. But we are most definitely not here as some kind of promotion platform – for anywhere, whether it be Hakuba, Niseko, Nozawa, Mt Granview… or any other region of Japan. That is just not what we are. We’re not going to make stuff up or add extra sugar and/or cheese. Or inflate numbers hoping to meet some magical snowfall statistic that aligns with marketing campaigns. Some businesses do not like us for that, but from most of the feedback that we receive our stance on that issue seems to be one of the reasons why many people do like our website. (Thank you.)

Anyway, I want to avoid delving deeper into that particular hole for today. The reason I am bringing all of this up right now is as an introduction to some positive related news.

From this season, the good people at the Hakuba Valley organisation, with the co-operation of the individual ski resorts, are starting to keep a public record of ‘accumulated snowfall’ on the mountain – as reported by the ski patrol/staff at the individual ski resorts. We are promised that each morning this number will be updated by adding any fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort on the upper mountain areas since the previous day.

It’s a bit like the ongoing ‘total observed snowfall’ number in my reports... just for upper elevations (and official), rather than at base (and independent).

For example, in the above table for today....

Hakuba Happo-one were reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on their upper slopes this morning, and there has been a total accumulated snowfall of 120cm recorded so far this season on those upper areas of the resort. Make sense?

The new snowfall numbers are the same numbers that I have always reported on in the text of my reports. The 'total accumulation' data is the brand new number. From today I am going to put them all together in a table like you can see above in each Hakuba Now report.

Theoretically, this data should give us all a clearer idea of how much snow has fallen higher up on the mountains and we can keep track of it every day. Until now in the Hakuba Now reports every day we have clearly mentioned any snowfall being reported by the ski resorts, but it wasn’t added up – and the resorts weren’t adding it up either.

We always want to improve the information that we put in our reports and as part of those ongoing efforts from now on we will be checking and reporting this new ongoing snowfall accumulation number in every Hakuba Now report.

Remember, this particular data is coming directly from the ski resorts. It is not an independent observation. And like the official snow depth data that we also report on our site, SnowJapan does not have any control over it. If there is any strangeness going on, it is entirely due to the source. We are simply reporting it. One thing we have been made aware of is that unfortunately the accumulation number is not updated at exactly the same time as the new snowfall numbers. So there is a lag between the new snowfall being updated and the accumulation numbers being updated. That is not ideal, but that is apparently the system.

We very much hope that there won’t be regular ‘rounding up’ going on; that snow doesn’t just fall in units of 5cm (0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm etc); and that the numbers will be an honest reflection of what is happening up on the mountains. You’ll be sure that we will comment on it as we see fit!

One important point: this new data will not affect our reports in any other way; other than reporting this information, in all other respects the Hakuba Now reports will continue just as they have been.

We have yet to see this new data working in practice for long, but believe that the idea is a very good one and we really hope that it works out well.

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!

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Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Happo Gondola Adam
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 lift
- Usagidaira pair lift
- Grat quad (*sightseeing only)

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Base areas closed - take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 60cm
- Usagidaira: 45cm
- Lower: 0cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Line A B pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E pair lift

Courses open:
- Most courses are now open
- R7 not open
- Tree Riding Zones not yet available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- Base: 5cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (need to take the gondola back to base from the open upper area)
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Toomi quad

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Toomi (part)

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 60cm
- Toomi: 26cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (need to take the gondola back to base from the open upper area)
- Han-no-ki pair

Courses open:
- Han-kou (top area)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 40cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

- Number 2 pair lift operating
- Course 2 open

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Not yet open

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plan to open as soon as there is enough snow

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Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base Toomi area]
- Hakuba Goryu [upper Alps area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one

Archive report: Posted at 8:35am on Wednesday 25th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Wednesday 25th December 2019
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Wednesday 25th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
25th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
24th December 2cm 8cm 0cm
23rd December 4cm 0cm 5cm
22nd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st December 0cm 0cm 0cm
20th December 0cm 15cm 0cm
19th December 0cm 12cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 6cm 35cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 8cm 72cm 54cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 19cm 112cm 158cm
January observed snowfall total - 207cm 202cm
February observed snowfall total - 33cm 103cm
March observed snowfall total - 47cm 17cm
April observed snowfall total - 21cm 20cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 23cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 25th December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
19cm
[23cm]
- - - - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
[0cm]
112cm
[112cm]
207cm
[319cm]
33cm
[352cm]
47cm
[399cm]
21cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
158cm
[205cm]
202cm
[407cm]
103cm
[510cm]
17cm
[527cm]
20cm
[547cm]
0cm
[547cm]
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
242cm
[307cm]
151cm
[458cm]
65cm
[523cm]
4cm
[527cm]
0cm
[527cm]
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
138cm
[202cm]
82cm
[284cm]
35cm
[319cm]
2cm
[321cm]
0cm
[321cm]
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
276cm
[276cm]
126cm
[402cm]
105cm
[507cm]
111cm
[618cm]
1cm
[619cm]
0cm
[619cm]
2013/2014 season - 35cm
[35cm]
122cm
[157cm]
97cm
[254cm]
91cm
[345cm]
70cm
[415cm]
8cm
[423cm]
0cm
[423cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
47cm
[47cm]
185cm
[232cm]
149cm
[381cm]
168cm
[549cm]
10cm
[559cm]
6cm
[565cm]
0cm
[565cm]
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