Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 27th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:32am on Tuesday 27th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:32am on Tuesday 27th December 2011
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It looks like it is going to be a slightly sunny day here in Hakuba. After about 48 hrs of pretty much continuous snow we now have a good base to ski on and lots of powder to enjoy. This morning Goryu are reporting 10-20cm of new snow, with Cortina keeping up those impressive numbers with up to 30cm on their upper slopes - where they now report a snow depth of 255cm.

Today the cloud bank is quite high so we have perfect visibility and even some sunshine to make things even better. The winds were really high this morning so some lifts may be affected and exposed ridges will definitely have some wind slab forming.

Conditions on the hills will be powder, chopped powder and crud. Then on the beginner runs we should have some nice smooth groomed terrain. Hopefully it will (and should) stay cold and we can keep the base we have. It is really nice to have the ability to ski most of the mountains now, even though early this morning some lifts are stopped by winds preventing that. Hopefully soon those conditions will change allowing more lifts to get back moving.

The forecast is calling for a clear sunny day tomorrow and then hopefully we are back to some more snow on Thursday. The temperatures are all looking into the minus range so our snowpack should remain frozen.

Happy sliding.


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 27th December 2011 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 20cm of fresh snow on upper slopes and 10cm on lower slopes. All areas of the resort are now open, though early on winds affecting operations a bit. Early morning skiing will start from December 29th.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 205cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 90cm.

Hakuba 47:
Winds affecting 47 lifts. Latest seems to be that Gondola Line 8 is closed and Line C and Line E also affected by the winds but will open as soon as possible.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 196cm
Lower - 60cm

Ski lifts/courses:
Winds affecting lifts at Happo as well this morning with only the lower lifts generally moving early on. This may change during the day and at any time, depending on the weather conditions of course.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 50cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
More of Tsugaike seems able to open with most lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm
Champion - 100cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting another 20-30cm of fresh snow since yesterday, taking the upper slopes up to a snow depth of 255cm. The resort is now mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 255cm
Lower - 185cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
You can now ski down to base at Iwatake.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Lower - 35cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 10:32am on Tuesday 27th December 2011
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