Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 20th December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:26am on Monday 20th December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 10:26am on Monday 20th December 2010
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A bit of a rainy morning here in the Hakuba Valley.

It started raining here at about 5AM and it looks like it is going to be clearing up later this afternoon. With any luck it will cool down and this rain will turn to snow.

The snow is falling on the upper slopes, although it is going to be a bit wet and slushy up there. Expect some icy patches as the masses over the weekend really packed down the runs by just sliding. There is still good coverage on the upper runs and if you are looking for nice groomers, moguls or charging through crud, the conditions are pretty good for early season.

We are expecting some flurries to arrive near the end of this week on Thursday and Friday, this will definitely be needed to bring up the snowpack base and open the whole mountain. Until then skiers and snowboarders should download on the gondolas instead of skiing all the way down the runs, unless they don't mind a few nicks on their skis or board.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 20th December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Light snow up top and drizzly sleet lower down.
Alps daira - 90cm;
Toomi - 30cm;
Iimori - 30cm;
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 still not officially skiable.

Hakuba 47:
Snow depth (upper) - 47cm;
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. Unchanged from yesterday.

Happo-one:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
Lower slopes - 10cm.
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi quad, Panorama pair lift, Skyline No2, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 Pair AB lifts are operating and the upper slopes open.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 95cm
Champion area - 15cm
The Gondola, Tsuga No 2 pair lift, Han-no-ki high speed pair lift, and now also the Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift, are operating today.

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 35cm
Lower - 5cm
Iwatake is now part open. The Gondola as well as the View No 3 pair lift, Iwatake No 4 pair lift and Kamoshika No 4 pair lifts are operating - you need to get the Gondola back down the mountain.

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

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Later update:

Well, the rain has stopped and it is now partially sunny in Hakuba. With the sun coming through the clouds the temperature has risen a little and the visibility has gotten better too!

The snow might be a bit wet and slushy up there. Expect some icy patches as the masses over the weekend really packed down the runs by just sliding. There is still good coverage on the upper runs and if you are looking for nice groomers, moguls or charging through crud, the conditions are pretty good for early season.

Looking forward to the forecast snow, hopefully starting around tomorrow night into Wednesday morning...

Archive report: Posted at 10:26am on Monday 20th December 2010
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura & Cortina are now open.

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