Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 6th December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow easing off
wind condition
Light northerly
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
Friday 6th December 2019, 8:45am
5cm
Thursday 5th December 2019, 8:46am 4cm
Wednesday 4th December 2019, 8:34am 2cm
Tuesday 3rd December 2019, 8:48am 0cm
Monday 2nd December 2019, 8:52am 0cm
Sunday 1st December 2019, 11:51am 0cm
Saturday 30th November 2019, 8:57am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 11cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 15cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

A very good one it is - the first day of the ski season, in fact!

Our mountains have been blessed with some good snowfall over the last few days and it's good to see patrol walking knee deep in snow. That's what we like to see.

Snowfall headlines, from the ski resorts themselves, as I have them:

Happo-one: yesterday saying 60cm of fresh snowfall, presumably high up; this morning saying 'snow depth' of 20cm at top of gondola; reporting 10cm of new snowfall on official site

Hakuba Goryu: reporting 15cm of fresh snowfall and 50cm of snow depth on upper slopes

Hakuba 47: reporting 10-15cm of fresh snowfall and 80cm snow depth on upper slopes. Yesterday there were showing a ruler of 50cm of fresh snowfall

Those three ski resorts are part open from today - details outlined below.

I can't find any official word just yet from Tsugaike Kogen...

Light snow falling early morning but the snow is easing off - there's even signs that the sun might even break through in places, maybe not - but we are expecting a generally cloudy day.

Enjoy!

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Regarding snowfall numbers:

You can very easily get lost chasing numbers.

Even a keen observer like myself can sometimes get confused and at times I need to process what seem to be sometimes conflicting reports (official numbers which can be vague; social media posts by the resorts etc).

And of course, as we know - and as I mention in almost every single report I post - more snow falls higher up on the mountain than falls at base areas.

Sadly, I do not live on the top of the mountain and it is impossible for me to properly report from there... on any one day, never mind on a daily and consistent basis.

So for 'mountain numbers', the best I can do is report what the ski resorts themselves say as well as add in any personal notes from when I go out myself.

As something of an experiment, I am for now going to be adding the 'new snowfall' numbers reported by resorts, where available, in the data below. We'll see how that works.

I also have what I hope is a cunningly cunning plan regarding 'numbers', and I will tell you more about it soon - hopefully in a report sometime next week.

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Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base Toomi area]
- Hakuba Goryu [upper Alps daira area]
- Hakuba 47 [from top of Gondola]
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori]
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one

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Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Happo Gondola Adam - 8:30am until 2:30pm (last one down at 4:00pm)
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift - 8:45am until 3:30pm
- Panorama pair lift - 8:45am until 3:30pm

Courses open:
- Panorama

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 80cm
- Usagidaira: 75cm
- Lower: 5cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Kurobishi: 10cm
- Usagidaira: 10cm
- Lower: -cm

Hakuba 47

The top area open but you need to get the Hakube Goryu gondola up there.

Operating lifts:
- Line E pair lift - 10:00am until 3:40pm
- Access via the Hakuba Goryu gondola

Courses open:
- Upper Line E area

Official snow depth:
- Top: 80cm
- Base: 20cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 15cm
- Base: -cm


Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Goryu Telecabin Gondola - 8:15am until 4:30pm (last one up at 3:50pm)
- Alps Number 1 pair lift - 8:30am until 4:00pm

Courses open:
- Top Line E area

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- Toomi: 20cm
- Iimori: -cm

New snowfall (**reported by the ski resort**):
- Top: 15cm
- Base: -cm

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Tsugaike Kogen
Plans to open as soon as there is enough snow

Hakuba Cortina
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Plans to open on Friday 13th December 2019

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019

Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plans to open on Saturday 14th December 2019

Archive report: Posted at 8:45am on Friday 6th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Three ski resorts are part open from this morning. See above for details.

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Friday 6th December 2019
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 6th 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
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  2019/2020
*as of Friday 6th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
6th December 5cm - 21cm
5th December 4cm 0cm 3cm
4th December 2cm - 0cm
3rd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
2nd December 0cm - 9cm
1st December 0cm - 0cm
30th November 4cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 0cm 33cm
Previous 14 days total 15cm 0cm 51cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 11cm 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 15cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 6th 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
11cm
[15cm]
- - - - -
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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