Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th May 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:07am on Wednesday 4th May 2016
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2015/2016 season so far total: 321cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:07am on Wednesday 4th May 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

And so yesterday - Tuesday 3rd May - ended up being the last day of the 2015-2016 ski season here in Hakuba. I think the resort folk did really well keeping things going for that long, given the weather and amount of snow that they had to play with. A big ‘otsukaresama deshita’ to everyone involved.

From today, you're going to have to hike up if you still want to hit any remaining snow. Do be sure you are equipped, know what you’re doing and take extra - it was on the national news last night about a number of climber/trekker casualties in the North Alps already this season.

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Let’s take a look back at what proved to be something of a ‘difficult’ season.

First of all, if you are reading this while researching Hakuba - or any of the other regions covered by the SnowJapan daily reports - please do make sure that you read through the archive reports from previous seasons, as the season that has just finished really wasn’t a representative season.

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The 2015-2016 started on 28th November 2015 with the first ski lifts moving. But the season took a while to get going properly. And while we didn't know it at the time, in some ways things continued a bit like that in a similar kind of fashion through the season.

One of the main characteristics of the 2015-2016 season – and this is not only for Hakuba and Nagano, but for most snow regions of Japan – was the relative lack of consistent and heavy snowfall and what seemed like often ‘warmer than normal’ temperatures. Those of us used to a Japanese winter are used to regular snow…and lots of it. Having to look to the forecasts and wondering when the next decent snowfall will come during peak season months is something that we are just not used to.

Consistency of snowfall is something that Japan is rightly very proud of and can usually boast about, so everyone is very much hoping that for the 2016-2017 season we will be able to get ‘back to normal’ in that respect.

Having said all of that we also did get some great conditions on mountain too, and for many there will have been many fine memories made and those days will hopefully be the ones that get remembered. Even a ‘less than average’ kind of season here would be a great one in other places and we need to try to remember that.

Once again during this season I have talked to lots of people and most seemed to be very pleased with their visit to the village. Not just for the skiing and boarding, but for the atmosphere, the things that have been going on, the things to eat and drink and the friendly locals.

There has been a further increase in the number of foreigners visiting Hakuba this past winter with many different languages being spoken. That trend shows no sign of slowing down and will surely continue into the coming years.

'When's the best time to visit' remains one of the most frequently asked questions. It’s always a difficult question to answer and sadly there's no guarantees with the weather - this season has definitely demonstrated that. You can come here mid-season and be unlucky with the timing; on the other hand, you can come early or late on and enjoy excellent conditions.

The best thing that I can suggest is to sit down and read through the Hakuba Now reports here on SnowJapan from past seasons. There's a lot of reading to be done, but it will be worth it as the reports will give you a clearer idea of how things have happened going back more than a decade.

And remember, we (SnowJapan) are not here to sell you a holiday… we’re here to pass on honest and trustworthy information!

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So now we head into late spring, the ‘rainy season’ and then into summer. Even here in Hakuba, the summer heat can be brutal - but we have the nearby mountains to climb and we are able to escape to higher altitudes. Ropeways will be operating to help you get up there. Please do check with the resorts for the latest information... they don't seem to have got their 'Green Season' mode into full gear just quite yet!

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Anyway that’s it from me for the 2015-2016 season and this is the last report of the season.

On behalf of the good folks running SnowJapan, thank you for reading the Hakuba Now reports. We’ll be back again later in the year when things are cooling down and the 2016-2017 winter season is approaching.

I believe that there will also be some exciting changes coming to the Now reports in time for next season which is something else to look forward to.

Let’s also hope that the snow will be something to get very excited about as well.

See you in autumn!

Archive report: Posted at 8:07am on Wednesday 4th May 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Ski lifts are at resorts around Hakuba are now closed.

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Wednesday 4th May 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
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4th May 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd May 0cm 0cm 0cm
2nd May 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st May 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
29th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
28th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 0cm 0cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 10cm 0cm 35cm
December observed snowfall total 54cm 276cm 122cm
January observed snowfall total 138cm 126cm 97cm
February observed snowfall total 82cm 105cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total 35cm 111cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total 2cm 1cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 321cm 619cm 423cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 4th May 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
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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