Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:11am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud and...
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
...it's snowing
wind condition
Variable southerly
visibility condition
Grey and limited mostly higher up
This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9:11am
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:23am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 9:12am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:32am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 9:09am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 9:01am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 9:23am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 10cm
Last 14 reports (total): 24cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 69cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 101cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

And on a day when we hear of snowfall in places where it doesn't usually fall, I am happy to also report some snow in a place where it most definitely should be falling. Here!

This morning 10-15cm of snow is being reported around the resorts this morning and I am stoked to be able to add 10cm myself.

It's not that cold at all actually, around 0C at base.

Here is the data as reported by the resorts, and may I add that Tsugaike Kogen also seems to be reporting 20cm presumably on upper areas.

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (lower)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 47?cm15cm291cm
Hakuba Cortina10cm10cm258cm
Hakuba Goryu10cm15cm309cm
Hakuba Happo-one15cm15cm382cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

Wind is causing some issues though with the top lifts at Happo-one on hold and the top section of the Tsugaike Gondola on hold. Operations at Hakuba Cortina also look rather limited this morning.

On the other hand, the Cosmo Four lift at Goryu is back up and running this morning.

Tonight is due to be milder and there may be some pesky rain (just stop it please), but the forecast is looking good for late Thursday onwards and I am most definitely excited at that prospect.


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Individual ski resort information
This information is checked and manually adjusted each morning

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Kurobishi Number 3 pair
- Nakiyama Number 2 pair
- Shirakaba Number 1 pair
- Shirakaba Number 2 pair
- Central pair
- Sakka Number 2 pair
- Sakka Number 3 triple

Courses open:
- Riesen Grat
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Skyline
- Riesen Slalom
- Kita-one 3
- Kita-one
- Nakiyama South
- Olympic Course (partially closed)
- Sakka South (partially closed)
- Sakka North (partially closed)
- The base Nakiyama South and Sakka areas are now at least part open
- You can also take the Gondola or other lifts back down

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 170cm
- Usagidaira: 100cm
- Nakiyama: 15cm

Hakuba 47

All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Pair Line D (usually only operates when Gondola not operating)

Courses open:
- All main courses now open
- Tree Riding Zones are part open (Gate 2 closed)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 150cm
- Base: 50cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Toomi Number 2 pair

Courses open:
- All courses are open now apart from the following:
- Cosmo River
- Sunny Way
- Straight Whiskey
- Snow Diving
- Adventure

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 165cm
- Toomi: 75cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from the lifts noted below are normally operating:
- Top section of gondola
- Han-no-ki Number 4
- Tsuga Number 1 pair
- Han-no-ki Number 1 quad
- Han-no-ki Number 2 pair
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I
- Kane-no-naru Romance
- Tsugaike Ropeway

Courses open:
- Most course areas are now at least part open; lower slopes part open
- 'Lower course through the forest' is closed
- DBD: Gate Number 1 closed early on; may open depending on conditions

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 140cm
- Maruyama: 45cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Limited operations due to wind

Official snow depth:
- Top: 120cm
- Base: 55cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- All lifts apart from Number 8 pair lift are operating

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 are operating

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- 4sen East
- 4sen North
- View2
- 5sen South

Open courses:
- 5 courses open on the Mountain Side
- Village Side is closed

Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from top Number 5 pair operating


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base 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


About the data in the above ‘snowfall as reported by ski resorts’ table
* The table within the above report contains data that is published by individual ski resorts
* The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts are themselves reporting each 24 hour period on the upper areas of their mountain
* The source ‘new snowfall’ data and ‘total accumulation’ data is not updated at the same time
* The ‘new snowfall’ data is updated in the morning
* The ‘accumulation’ data is apparently updated/refreshed at midnight
* That means that there is a time lag between the two numbers being updated
* We manually check and update the data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report - so the data in each Hakuba Now report table is what is available at that time
* Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We are not responsible for and have no control over the data. We are simply sharing the data with you
* Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan
* A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
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 Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(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 Tuesday 28th January 2020
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)
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
28th January 10cm 0cm 0cm
27th January 0cm 7cm 5cm
26th January 0cm 8cm 10cm
25th January 0cm 6cm 42cm
24th January 0cm 18cm 24cm
23rd January 0cm 4cm 16cm
22nd January 0cm 27cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 10cm 70cm 100cm
Previous 14 days total 24cm 117cm 100cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 112cm 158cm
January observed snowfall total 69cm 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 101cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
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
2019/2020 season - 4cm
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
2017/2018 season - 47cm
2016/2017 season - 1cm
2015/2016 season - 10cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season - 35cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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