Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 29th February 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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A fantastic morning out yesterday with clear blue skies. As forecast, it got slightly more overcast looking later on in the day but it stayed clear and sunny and anyone out there won't have been disappointed. After a cloudy night this morning light snow is falling in Hakuba. None of the resorts are reporting any new snowfall officially though Goryu have said a few cm have fallen this morning up top. Not much of a wind at all and it looks like visibility will generally be fine out there.

It is about -2 degrees in the village at the moment, but as the day progresses we will see milder temperatures and a high of around +5 is forecast this afternoon. So this snowfall we have now probably will not last long and will likely clear up this afternoon, and tomorrow looks set to be a clear and sunny day again with a high of perhaps around +7 degrees.

Looking at the forecast for the coming week, there's still not much snow likely to report - it's more a case of clearer, drier conditions and mild temperatures for the most part.


Yesterday it was found the bond between the thaw crust and the subsequent snow strengthening. The crust is still a bit damp and not totally frozen, even after the cold last night. The layers above are settling, densifying, and bonding. It still sluffs, but the only sensitive areas we observed were windloaded spots, and those where the surface was wetting out. Sunny aspects had midday thaw and afternoon sun crust; shady ones still held good snow.


Official snow depths and operations @ Wednesday 29th February 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall reported this morning. All lifts operating.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 290cm;
Toomi - 165cm;
Iimori - 120cm

Hakuba 47:
1cm of new snowfall reported this morning. All courses and weekend lifts (not Line D) open. The Half Pipe is closed for maintenance until Friday (subject to change).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 234cm
Lower - 120cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Usagidaira, Happo No1 pair and Central pair plan to be operating today. The Central pair lift should be operating from 1st-11th March.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 190cm;
Sakka - 90cm;
Nakiyama - 80cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 255cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new snowfall at Cortina this morning. All courses open and all lifts except No7 pair operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 355cm
Lower - 215cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 100cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Wednesday 29th February 2012
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