Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 29th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy, even a glimpse of sun in places
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Not snowing at base now but snowing higher in places
wind condition
Light northerly
Limited in places; better in others
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This report
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 10:11am
8cm
Monday 28th December 2015, 8:48am 0cm
Sunday 27th December 2015, 9:25am 12cm
Saturday 26th December 2015, 8:57am 6cm
Friday 25th December 2015, 8:34am 0cm
Thursday 24th December 2015, 9:02am 0cm
Wednesday 23rd December 2015, 9:03am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 32cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 53cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 63cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday morning the wind was messing about with things - happily today there's no wind problem and as far as I can tell resorts opening as planned.

It's a pretty complicated picture as well actually, with more runs and lifts gradually opening up as resorts try to cope with the large number of people that are here wanting to enjoy sliding down the snow. I have seen more than a few frustrated people around in the last few days not happy with lack of clear information and at times long queues to get on lifts. To be fair to the resorts, they are generally trying to cope as best they can - this gradual arrival of snow at this late stage is not making it the easiest situation to deal with. Still, personally I wish that lift staff would insist on having people get on lifts together and not sending up a quad with for example just 1 or 2 people on it...

New Year is fast approaching with lots more people arriving. Expect crowds! Try to keep smiling!

This morning it's a mix of snow clouds with snow falling in places, but we are expecting a mostly cloudy day. There's even a glimpse of sunshine in places. It's keeping cold with temperatures remaining around zero and it's not due to warm up any either. Tomorrow should also remain cold with more cloudy conditions, with perhaps even some clearer skies. Some forecasts even talk of sunshine.

The next snow after looks due around the evening of New Years Eve but as we head into the New Year milder conditions are likely.

With the New Year just a few days away, it's certainly not great that most lower areas are either still not open or struggling. We can just hope that early January brings with it lots more snow and this start to the season is not representative of the whole season. Unfortunately there is of course nothing we can do about the weather. So let's accept it and enjoy what we can.

Best advice is to head high!

Take care out there and enjoy.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 9:30am on Tuesday 29th December (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 5cm of new snowfall at base and 10cm on mountain since yesterday.
Upper R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R9 courses open.
Planned lifts:
Gondola
Line AB
Line C
Line E
Official snow depth
Upper: 110cm
Base: 15cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5cm of new snowfall at base and 20cm on upper areas.
Upper areas, the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are open
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 120cm
Toomi: 40cm
Iimori: 25cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
More of Happo-one is now open including the Skyline area, with more lifts operating to get people up to the open area - lower courses still closed.
The Sakka Kita One quad lift, Kokusai Number 1 lift and Nakayama Number 3 lifts taking people up to the open areas along with the Gondola.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 70cm
Nakiyama: -cm
Sakka: -cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow.
Courses open - Ikenota, Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 1 (lower), Itadaira, Itadaira Forest, Giant, Ipponmatsu.
Planned lifts:
Number 1 pair lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 4 pair lift
Number 5 pair lift
Official snow depth
Top: 75cm
Base: 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Large sections of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
Eve Gondola
Tsuga Number 1 pair lift
Tsuga Number 2 pair lift
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift
Maruyama Number 1 quad
Tsugaike Number 1 pair
Tsugaike Chuo triple lift
Karamatsu high speed pair lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner III lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner IV lift
Kane-no-naru-oka Romance lift
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 135cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 40cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
The View C, North, East and part of South runs are open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
3Sen North
4Sen Line East
5Sen South
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 50cm
Lower: 10cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Part open with the Alps Number 1 pair lift, Alps Number 4 lift and Alps Number 6 high speed pair lifts planned to be operating.

Kashimayari:
Planned lifts:
Number 2 pair lift
Number 3 quad lift
Number 5 pair lift
Number 7 pair lift
Number 6 quad lift

Not open yet:

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Archive report: Posted at 10:11am on Tuesday 29th December 2015
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

More lifts and courses gradually opening up. Recommended to check with resorts for the latest.

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  2015/2016
*as of Tuesday 29th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
29th December 8cm 10cm 10cm
28th December 0cm 0cm 3cm
27th December 12cm 2cm 1cm
26th December 6cm 5cm 0cm
25th December 0cm 10cm 0cm
24th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
23rd December 0cm 30cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 26cm 57cm 14cm
Previous 14 days total 32cm 146cm 61cm
November observed snowfall total 10cm 0cm 35cm
December observed snowfall total 53cm 276cm 122cm
January observed snowfall total - 126cm 97cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 111cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 63cm 619cm 423cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
53cm
[63cm]
- - - - -
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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