Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 18th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:48am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 11:48am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Hakuba has been hit with a blast of snow and conditions everywhere have turned to full on Winter overnight. Though lower runs are fresh snow on top of grass there is enough to ski top to bottom, Happo carparks are full and everyone who can be is out making the most of it.

This snowfall is what we need to get things into shape pre-Xmas and with snow continuing to fall this can be called the first real snowy day of the season.

Skifields are reporting an additional 10ish centimeters of snow on the runs after grooming and with around 20cms in the valley we probably say 40-60 cms or more at the top of the mountain. If you didn't make it out today tomorrow will be decent as well as these pockets of snow aren't going anywhere quick.


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Official snow depths and operations @ 18th December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The resort reporting up to 30cm of fresh snow this morning.
Alps daira - 80cm;
Toomi - 30cm;
Iimori - 25cm;
All of the Alps daira area is now open. Gondola and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts are operating. Parts of Toomi and Iimori areas are also now open with the Toomi Sky Four lift and Milky Four lift moving. The downhill course from Alps daira to the Toomi area is not yet officially skiable though.

Hakuba 47:
Snow depth (upper) - 45cm;
Now all of the official routes at Hakuba 47 are open apart from Route 7 and the lower part of Route 1. All lifts apart from the Pair line D lift are operating at the resort.

Happo-one:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
Lower slopes - 10cm
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi quad and Panorama pair lifts are now operating. More of the upper slopes of Happo-one are now open with the Alpen Quad, Kurobishi 2 quad, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 Pair AB and Panorama pair lifts operating as well as the Gondola.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 102cm.
The resort showing another 20cm or so of fresh snow today.
Gondola, Tsuga No 1 and No 2 pair lifts and Han-no-ki No 4 lift and high speed pair lifts are operating today with the top slopes of the resort now open.

Other resorts:

Hakuba Iwatake will open as soon as there is enough snow. Currently they are reporting 50cm on the upper slopes.

Hakuba Minekata and Hakuba Sanosaka plan to open for the season on 23rd December.

Archive report: Posted at 11:48am on Saturday 18th December 2010
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Happo-one, Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen are now open.

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