Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 21st December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 21st December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 21st December 2011
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It is snowing lightly this morning in Hakuba but not too much to report in the way of snowfall. Just trace amounts fell overnight. However, it remained cold and the snow we have is not melting. Today looks like it is going to remain overcast all day with more snow flurries possibly rolling in this afternoon.

Conditions on the resorts are actually quite good considering our base isn't as high as it is usually is. Skiers and boarders can expect to find powder and packed powder on ungroomed runs and some nice smooth groomed runs where beginners can practice. The bottom open areas are still a bit sketchy for snowpack covering so watch out for unmarked hazards like rocks, grass and maybe man-made structures as well.

The forecast is looking very promising for this weekend and into the X-mas weekend. Snow is expected from basically later today through into early next week and they are calling for substantial snow over the weekend. Please jolly old Saint Nick, deliver dumps of snow to us! We have all been good boys and girls this year! Happy sliding folks!

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Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 21st December 2011 AM:
Especially in this early season period please note that conditions can change quickly - resort operations as well as the weather, as resorts try to get as much open as possible. So please keep that in mind.

Hakuba Goryu:
No change in the snow depths but it looks like the Cosmo 4 lift will be operating today.
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 pair lift; Alps Daira No3; Toomi Sky 4; Cosmo 4; Iimori Milky 4. You can now ski down to base.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 100cm;
Toomi - 35cm;
Iimori - 35cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting no fresh snow.
Ski lifts/courses:
Gondola (to get people to Line 8), Line A, Line C and Line E lifts operating. All courses apart from Line 7, the lower part of Line 1 and the DBD Kamoshika areas are open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Lower - 25cm

Happo-one:
Ski lifts/courses:
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Panorama pair, Kokusai No3 pair and Skyline No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 80cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 20cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (access via Gondola) and Tsuga No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Lower - 60cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 1 pair lift operating.
Official snow depth:
40cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake will open as soon as there is enough snow.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Hakuba Minekata:
Minekata plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 21st December 2011
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu, 47, Happo, Tsugaike, Cortina, Norikura all part open - see main report for details.

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