Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 13th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light northerly
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:50am
57cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:46am 12cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:51am 4cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 8:23am 2cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:54am 5cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 80cm
Last 14 reports (total): 88cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 88cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 153cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning to you from here in Hakuba.

And this is what you've been waiting to hear.

Close on 60cm of fresh snowfall in places. At base. It might even be more, but I'll keep it on the conservative side and from my usual measuring point.

My car was almost buried this morning. Actually it still is. But what a sight to behold.

There has been some serious snowfall overnight in the region. So much so that early morning the ski resorts are struggling to get open as planned. Not because of bad weather as such, but because of having to deal with all of the snow. Hopefully that should quickly not be an issue and places will open as normal.

Here is what the resorts are reporting this morning (fresh snowfall):

Hakuba Goryu: 40-60cm
Hakuba 47: 50cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 60cm
Hakuba Cortina: 50cm

Heavy snowfall is likely to not be far away through the coming weekend and so it looks like there's going to be more piling up.

With such large amounts of sudden snowfall, it's a case of resort folk running around and being... rather busy. Once things settle down I would expect lifts and course that have until now been unable to open to start opening up. Things might change very quickly too - parts of the resort-specific information may well be out of date soon after I post it. I will try to keep the information on this page up to date but if fine details are important to you over the next few days I would contact resorts directly to get their latest.

If you are heading out there in these conditions: don't forget the dangers out there especially with the sudden increase in fresh snow and visibility issues as well.

Extra caution and calm thinking absolutely required. Take care.

I'm so incredibly happy to see this happen at last. :)

And those of you planning to be here next week --- very nice timing!

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Friday 13th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.
Early morning some resorts are having to delay opening as they deal with all the snowfall.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 50cm of fresh snowfall.
Early morning snow-moving delaying opening of some areas.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts plan to be operating (Line D usually only operates when the gondola is not operating).
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 220cm
Base: 80cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 40cm-60cm of fresh snowfall.
Early morning snow-moving delaying opening of upper areas.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts plan to be operating apart from the Alps 2/4 and Cosmo quad lift.
- Nighta from 6pm until 9:30pm on the Toomi area.
Official snow depth
Alps: 205cm
Toomi: 90cm
Iimori: 70cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 60cm of fresh snowfall.
You can ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South course. Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
I'd expect that to change soon with this new snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South
- Kita-one 3
- Shirakaba (part)
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 150cm
Kurobishi: 185cm
Lower: 70cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
- Uma-no-se and Forest course closed.
- Kane-no-naru-oka areas are only part open.
- All other course areas are available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 220cm
Han-no-ki: 180cm
Maruyama: 55cm
Oya-no-hara: 70cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 50cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Number 7 lift is not operating yet.
- Part of Warabidaira course closed; otherwise other courses open.
- Nighta (Number 1 pair lift) from 5pm until 8pm.
Official snow depth:
Top: 190cm
Base: 140cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- View 2
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
- 5-sen South lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- View C
- East
- North
- South (part)
- Gezan (part)
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 110cm
Base: 60cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Info:
All lifts but one are now operating with most courses available.
Official snow depth:
Top: 90cm

Kashimayari:
All but two lifts are operating at Kashimayari.
Official snow depth:
Top: 80cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 50cm

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Planned nighta operations - be sure to check with resorts for latest:

Hakuba Goryu:
Planned to be open daily from 6pm until 9:30pm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Planned at the Kane-no-naru-oka area on January 14th, 21st, 28th; Febraury 4th, 11th (6pm until 8:50pm)
Planned at the Katamatsu-Shirakaba area on January 14th, 21st, 28th; February 11th, 18th; March 4th, 11th, 18th, 19th (6pm until 9pm)

Hakuba Cortina:
Planned to be open daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)

Hakuba Happo-one:
Planned to be open daily on the Nakiyama area. Will open when there is enough snow.

Kashimayari:
Planned to be open daily.

There is no night skiing at the other resorts in the area.

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see report - and contact resorts for latest if required

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 13th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
13th January 57cm 0cm 0cm
12th January 12cm 3cm 35cm
11th January 4cm 2cm 1cm
10th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
9th January 5cm 5cm 0cm
8th January 0cm 2cm 0cm
7th January 0cm 4cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 80cm 16cm 38cm
Previous 14 days total 88cm 28cm 83cm
November observed snowfall total 1cm 10cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 64cm 54cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 88cm 138cm 126cm
February observed snowfall total - 82cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 35cm 111cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 153cm 321cm 619cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 13th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
88cm
[153cm]
- - - -
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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