Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 29th December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Sunday 29th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Clear and sunny
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
Sunday 29th December 2019, 9:26am
0cm
Saturday 28th December 2019, 9:21am 8cm
Friday 27th December 2019, 8:34am 0cm
Thursday 26th December 2019, 8:54am 0cm
Wednesday 25th December 2019, 8:35am 0cm
Tuesday 24th December 2019, 9:06am 2cm
Monday 23rd December 2019, 8:43am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 14cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 27cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 31cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Sunday 29th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

Yes, it is one of those incredible blue sky mornings here in Hakuba and the mountains are looking fantastic. A chilly start too though it will get to be milder later in the day, hopefully not too much.

No fresh snowfall is being reported since yesterday, as you can see here...

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (base)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 470cm0cm131cm
Hakuba Cortina0cm0cm14cm (?)
Hakuba Goryu0cm0cm146cm
Hakuba Happo-one0cm0cm180cm
Tsugaike Kogen  85cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data



We might get some light snow tomorrow, then more is due on Tuesday.

A few more lifts are operating on the lower area of Tsugaike Kogen now, and the Riesen quad lift is operating at Happo-one. Gradually getting there...!

There is a lot of information that I am checking and updating every morning (don't forget the info lower down this report); it is taking a fair amount of time and so my reports are a bit later than I would like. But I would rather post good information than rushed and incorrect information. Please bear with me.

Once everywhere gets to be 'fully open', things get somewhat simpler! Just one more reason why I want heavy snow to fall. (Quickly, please!)

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LEAVING THIS HERE FOR THE MOMENT - A compacted explanation will replace this soon!

Here's an explanation of the table in the above report.

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).

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.

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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
- Skyline Number 1 lift
- Skyline Number 2 lift
- Nakiyama Number 3 lift
- Riesen quad lift
- Sakka Kita One quad lift
- Grat quad (*sightseeing only)

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Skyline
- Riesen
- Base areas not yet open - get lifts back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 85cm
- Usagidaira: 65cm
- Lower: 5cm

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: 75cm
- 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
- Alps Number 2/4 pair
- Toomi Sky Four quad
- Toomi Number 1 pair
- Milky Four quad

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

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 75cm
- Toomi: 35cm
- Iimori: 40cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (need to take the gondola back to base from the open upper area)
- Tsuga Number 2 pair
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner II
- Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner III

Courses open:
- Han-kou
- Tsuga-no-mori
- Kane-no-naru-oka

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 75cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 10cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
- Number 2 pair lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 6 quad lift
- Course 2 and 3 open

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Number 1 lift
- Number 2 lift
- Number 4 lift

Official snow depth:
- Top: 75cm
- Base: 35cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- Alps Number 1 pair lift

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

- Official site shows Gondola and one lift operating... but no courses open
- I am suitably confused

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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 9:26am on Sunday 29th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

More lifts opening - see above for updated details

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 29th December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Sunday 29th 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 Sunday 29th 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 Sunday 29th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
29th December 0cm 16cm 2cm
28th December 8cm 16cm 24cm
27th December 0cm 0cm 32cm
26th December 0cm 0cm 2cm
25th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
24th December 2cm 8cm 0cm
23rd December 4cm 0cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 14cm 40cm 65cm
Previous 14 days total 14cm 81cm 85cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 27cm 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 31cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 29th 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
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
27cm
[31cm]
- - - - -
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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