Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-11°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Fairly strong northerly
visibility condition
Limited to poor higher up
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 8:46am
14cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:48am 31cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 125cm
Last 14 reports (total): 131cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 133cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 198cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Morning from Hakuba and there's more snow to report. Just under 15cm on the ground here and resorts reporting as follows:

Hakuba Cortina: 30-40cm at base and 40-50cm up top.
Hakuba Goryu: 20-40cm
Hakuba 47: 30-40cm
Hakuba Happo-one: 10cm

I think Hakuba Cortina was jealous yesterday as today they zoom to the top of the 'most new snow' for today. But the numbers are good for everywhere, even if Happo is curiously declaring only 10cm.

Anyway...fresh snow everywhere!

There's a fairly strong wind northerly wind this morning and at the start of the day it is affecting top lifts at Goryu/47, Happo-one and Tsugaike Kogen. The top areas of those resorts are unavailable at the time of posting this report and wind is forecast for the day - check with the resorts for the latest on that situation through the day.

(It looks like the Osaru area of the 'Tree Riding Zone' at Hakuba 47 will be open from today).

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Oh no, it’s another general message from SnowJapan!

Apologies for taking up space on the reports again, but we have had a few people asking why our reports don’t appear much earlier in a morning. It’s a fair question and I’ll try to answer it. There are a few reasons...

First, it seems necessary to point out that we are not a ski resort and our reports are not official ski resort reports. Some people seem to think (or just presume) these things. If we owned and operated a ski resort, I’m fairly certain that we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible each morning - how much new snow at top and at base, snow depth, conditions. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. But we’re not official ski resorts/reports.

These things are what ski resorts should ideally be doing, right?

It varies, but a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning updates after 8am - and sometimes later. If we (SnowJapan) posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - like news of how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting, news of any early morning lift disruption at the start of the day, etc. We would often be missing that kind of information.

We like to think of our reports as a season-long ongoing commentary, rather than simply an early morning report for people who are going to be queuing for the first lift of the day. And after all, people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and hitting the first lifts can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside of the window when they get up.

If we posted our reports just for the benefit of those people, the reports would not be as good or detailed as they are. We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports.

In addition, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast before posting, they may need to dig themselves out of their home, they may need to see to other complexities life throws at them. And - some of the reports in particular - take much longer than just a few minutes to put together each morning.

For a bit more on that kind of thing, please refer to my previous message. It can be found here:

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Sunday 15th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 30-40cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top lifts at the start of the day.
Info:
- All planned lifts are operating.
- The Osaru area of the Tree Riding Zone plans to be open from today.
Official snow depth
Upper: 275cm
Base: 120cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 30cm-40cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top lifts at the start of the day.
Info:
- All lifts plan to be operating.
- Nighta from 6pm until 9:30pm on the Toomi area.
Official snow depth
Alps: 270cm
Toomi: 120cm
Iimori: 100cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall.
Strong winds affecting top lifts at the start of the day.
Info:
- All courses apart from the top Riesen Grat are open.
- Kurobishi off-piste area not open yet.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 180cm
Kurobishi: 195cm
Lower: 90cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Strong winds affecting top lifts at the start of the day.
Info:
- All areas open
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 255cm
Han-no-ki: 230cm
Maruyama: 120cm
Oya-no-hara: 100cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 110cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 30-40cm of fresh snowfall at base and 40-50cm up top.
Info:
- Number 7 lift is not operating yet.
- Nighta (Number 2 pair lift) from 5pm until 8pm.
Official snow depth:
Top: 260cm
Base: 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Info:
Hakuba Iwatake is part open with about half of the courses currently available.
Official snow depth:
Top: 140cm
Base: 70cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Info:
Hakuba Norikura is mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 160cm

Kashimayari:
Kashimayari is mostly open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 130cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is fully open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 100cm

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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 until 9pm on the Nakiyama area.

Kashimayari:
Planned to be open daily.

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

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Top lifts at some resorts affected by strong winds and on stand-by at time of report

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 15th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th January 14cm 2cm 0cm
14th January 31cm 4cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 125cm 16cm 36cm
Previous 14 days total 131cm 22cm 53cm
November observed snowfall total 1cm 10cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 64cm 54cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 133cm 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 198cm 321cm 619cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
133cm
[198cm]
- - - -
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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