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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:06am on Monday 26th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 11:06am on Monday 26th December 2011
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Happy Boxing day!

It is full on winter now in Hakuba, I am happy to report. Lots of snow, lots of powder and it keeps on coming this morning. Yeah, thats more like what we like to hear.

We got about 20 cms of new snow in the valley overnight and it still snowing as I type this report. It was a cold night and the powder is going to be light and dry all over the resorts in the Hakuba valley this morning. Riders and skiers are going to be treated to fantastic conditions on all runs today, deep powder and soft base underfoot on groomed runs too. Still some bushes and bamboo sticking out in some places especially on the lower slopes, but generally it is going to be great powder right on the runs, so not much need to go backcountry or off piste.

Resorts are now getting close to all being fully open - see below for more. And check out the numbers for Hakuba Cortina below - another 70cm reported for their upper slopes and the snow depth breaking the 2m mark. Nice.

It is forecasted to continue snowing all day today and tomorrow then clearing mid-week next week and warming up slightly but still if it keeps under 0 degrees we are fine and set now. All folks in Hakuba are happy to see the white stuff coming down and finally the season feels underway with skiing top to bottom.

Have a powder-ific day guys and gals!

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Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 26th December 2011 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting another 40cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes this morning and 30cm on lower slopes. All areas of the resort are now open. Early morning skiing will start from December 29th.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 180cm;
Toomi - 80cm;
Iimori - 80cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 21cm (exactly!) of new snow this morning. All open!
Official snow depth:
Upper - 196cm
Lower - 60cm

Happo-one:
Ski lifts/courses:
This new snowfall has done us good. Most of the lifts and most of the mountain is now open and accessible. The top Grad Quad seems to be closed due to 'insufficient snow', according to the resort website - seems strange, but that's what it says!
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 50cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
The snow depth numbers are beginning to look much healthier now with 40cm added since yesterday on the upper slopes. A few courses opening late due to the resort coping with the new snowfall, but Tsugaike should soon all be open.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm
Champion - 100cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting another impressive haul of fresh snow this morning - 50cm (lower) and 70cm (upper) of fresh snow. Upper slopes now clocking in at 210cm of snow.
Ski lifts/courses:
Resort coping with the new snow early on this morning so possibly limited lift operations.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 210cm
Lower - 160cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:
90cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
You can now ski down to base at Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Lower - 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
The resort is now fully open.
Official snow depth:
80cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Minekata opened for the first time this season this morning, with one lift operating.
Official snow depth:
50cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:06am on Monday 26th December 2011
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