Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Thursday 18th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Moderate to strong winds
Limited, not so bad lower down
This report
Thursday 18th December 2014, 9:02am
30cm
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 9:27am 30cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 9:34am 2cm
Monday 15th December 2014, 8:50am 5cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 9:15am 40cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:58am 20cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:32am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 129cm
Last 14 reports (total): 154cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 169cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 169cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

After the frankly mad conditions yesterday with heavy snowfall and strong winds playing havoc, it's some more of the same this morning.

20+cm of lovely fresh light snow on the ground outside my place.

Most snow prize for the day goes to Cortina with them reporting 60cm of fresh on lower slopes and a whopping 80cm on upper slopes. Sadly it's not fully open today again due to the conditions and avalanche danger. When it gets to open though... oh yes.

Tsugaike Kogen are more coy with actual new snowfall numbers but their snow depth for the upper slopes seems to have increased by 80cm since yesterday and smashes through to over 3m. So I think there's a fair bit of new over there too. Tsugaike is also only limited open this morning with just the lower part of the Gondola moving.

Happo just seems to have the Gondola, Panorama and Kokusai 3 lifts moving early on. More of Goryu/47 is open. Anyway details as I have been able to find have been updated in the bits below.

Local services have been somewhat struggling to cope with the extreme conditions and transportation has been affected, though perhaps we are lucky that there aren't that many people around just yet. Once the storm clears I'm sure things will calm down and we'll all be able to relax more and just enjoy the snow.

When will things calm down? Probably by the end of today or early tomorrow morning. Sun and clearer skies is forecast for tomorrow which should make it a fanstastic day to be on the mountain. The increased visibility will of course help but do remember the inherent dangers that can come with all that fresh snow while enjoying it.

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Information from around the resorts - at the time of writing

Happo-one
Reporting 30+cm of fresh snow this morning.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 60cm
Usagidaira - 210cm

Open lifts:
-Panorama
-Kokusai 3
-Adam Gondola

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Hakuba 47
30cm at base, 60cm of fresh on the mountain this morning. The Gondola, Line C and Line E lifts on hold due to wind. Route 1 Upper, Route 2, 3 and 8 not open.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 130cm
Upper - 240cm

Open lifts:
-Line A.B
-Line D

Open courses:
-Line 1 Lower
-Line 4
-Line 5
-Line 6
-Line 7

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Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 30cm at base and 40cm on upper slopes this morning. Top Alps Daira lifts open this morning.

Official Snow depths:
Iimori - 145cm
Toomi - 170cm
Alps Daira - 220cm

Open lifts:
-Gondola
-Alps Daira Number 1 Pair
-Alps Daira Number 3 Pair
-Toomi Sky Four lift
-Mikly Four lift
-Cosmo Four lift
-Iimori Number 6 Pair lift
-Iimori Number 1 Pair lift

Open courses:
-All courses are generally open, just the Adventure Course apparently not open today.

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Tsugaike Kogen
Looks like just the lower part of the Gondola open early on this morning at Tsugaike.

Official Snow depths:
Maruyama - 120cm
Oya-no-hara - 140cm
Tsuga-no-mori - 305cm

Planned open lifts:
-Gondola (lower part only)

Open course areas::
-Shirakaba
-Oya-no-hara

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Hakuba Cortina
Cortina reporting 60-80cm of fresh snow this morning. Limited opening again due to the weather conditions and dangers.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 200cm
Upper - 270cm

Open lifts:
-Number 2 Quad

Open course areas:
-Ikenota

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Kashimayari
Reporting 20+cm of new snowfall.
Part open, fully open from this weekend.

Official Snow depth:
130cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Part open

Official Snow depth:
150cm

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Other planned opening dates:

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December
Hakuba Sanosaka - Saturday 20th December

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SnowJapan is running a lift ticket prize draw with 400+ lift tickets to send out to site members - 50 of those are for resorts in the Hakuba area, so lots to win. For details on the prize draw, check out this page:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

Archive report: Posted at 9:02am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited due to weather conditions

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th December 2014
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Thursday 18th December 2014
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th December 2014
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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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 18th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th December 30cm 0cm 0cm
17th December 30cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 2cm 5cm 0cm
15th December 5cm 20cm 3cm
14th December 40cm 15cm 0cm
13th December 20cm 3cm 2cm
12th December 2cm 15cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 129cm 58cm 10cm
Previous 14 days total 154cm 62cm 95cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 35cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 169cm 122cm 185cm
January observed snowfall total - 97cm 149cm
February observed snowfall total - 91cm 168cm
March observed snowfall total - 70cm 10cm
April observed snowfall total - 8cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 169cm 423cm 565cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 18th December 2014
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
169cm
[169cm]
- - - - -
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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