Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 30th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 1:37pm on Friday 30th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 1:37pm on Friday 30th December 2011
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It has been another fine morning in Hakuba. Early on this morning the skies were covered in grey cloud but that soon generally moved on and by 8am the mountains were becoming more visible and blue skies opening up. No new snow to report in village and most resorts, with just Cortina reporting 5cm of fresh snow today.

Upper slopes may still have cloudy conditions with poorer visibility but come down out of those areas and it's nice and sunny as we enter the afternoon. On those upper slopes though some stronger winds have caused some lifts not to move this morning... the upper slopes of Goryu have been closed and the Hakuba 47 gondola was not moving until about an hour ago as well. At Happo the Grad quad and Kurobishi No3 lifts aren't moving, the latter due to the windy conditions.

The sun may be out but temperatures are staying low and cold and right now it is -2 degrees in the village. The latest forecast for Hakuba is that we should see clear conditions tomorrow, followed by snow later in the day and overnight into Monday.

Of course, tomorrow is New Years Eve and there are more people getting out on the hills now as people arrive for their New Year holiday but things seemed manageable out there and not too crowded. Some of the upper areas being closed is making some lower slopes busier though. We can expect more people coming tomorrow and over the weekend as well of course.


Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 30th December 2011 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Strong winds closing top lifts this morning. No new snow to report.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 205cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 90cm.

Hakuba 47:
Winds prevented the gondola from moving this morning, but now operating. No new snow.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 196cm
Lower - 60cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from the top Grad Quad and Kurobishi No3 pair are moving.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 60cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 180cm
Champion - 90cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Official snow depth:
Cortina the only resort to report fresh snow today -- 5cm. All lifts and courses now open.
Upper - 220cm
Lower - 150cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 90cm
Lower - 40cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:


An update for the evening.

It turned out to be very crowded on some of the lower slopes this afternoon in Hakuba - as mentioned earlier, some higher lifts not operating because of the strong winds certainly added to the situation, but I think we can definitely expect a busy weekend ahead. It might be a good idea to up there early if you can for those early tracks and beat the crowds. But go out there expecting some lift lines over the weekend.

It's looks like the weather tomorrow will be fine and sunny without the winds of today, so everywhere should be open and extra motivation to get out up top.

It would be great if we could report deep new snowfall these last few days, but we'll just have to play with what we have got. Look to Sunday night for the next snowfall and then more hopefully from Tuesday onwards again.

Have fun!

Archive report: Posted at 1:37pm on Friday 30th December 2011
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