Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 21st April 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:58am on Saturday 21st April 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 8:58am on Saturday 21st April 2012
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Good morning from Hakuba on this fine spring morning. As we expected it's a sunny and warm start to the day. A bit earlier on there was a low lying hazy-looking layer of cloud over the village but that has gone now leaving us with what will more than likely be a nice clear day. Right now it is about 10C in the village and it may well rise to around 17C later on - so it's going to be a warm one. There'll be some people out there today in t-shirts, for sure.

With conditions now quickly getting warmer, we can of course expect the snow melt to speed up. Even so, you can still ride from top to bottom at Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen. The lower slopes of Goryu are basically open just to get you back down to the Gondola with most people choosing to stay up top. At Tsugaike it's one big long snaking course down the resort from top to bottom that is open - all 5km+ of it according to the resort.

Over at Happo-one, the lower Riesen Slalom course at Happo-one is now closed and so it's not possible to ski down from top to bottom any more... you need to get the Gondola back down. What remains open is basically the top bit - Riesen Grat course, Usagidaira course, Kurobishi course, Skyline course and Panorama course areas.

Tomorrow will be more cloudy, still with a chance of rain later on in the day.



Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 21st April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi lifts are now closed but you can still ski down the courses.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 200cm;
Toomi - 70cm

Hakuba 47:
Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 173cm
Lower - 100m

Happo-one:
Top areas open - you need to get the Gondola back down to base.
Lifts normally operating daily for spring are:
Gondola
Grat quad
Alpen quad
Panorama pair
Skyline No2 pair
Kurobishi No2 quad
Other lifts:
Usagidaira pair plans to be open from 28th April until 6th May.
Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 160cm;
Sakka - 40cm;
Nakiyama - 40cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Lower - 100cm

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Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper area plans to be open until 6th May.

Hakuba 47:
47 plans to be open until 6th May.

Happo-one:
Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 8:58am on Saturday 21st April 2012
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