Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 2nd January 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Monday 2nd January 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Monday 2nd January 2012
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It is snowing nice big fluffy flakes this morning in Hakuba. The snow started early this morning so a bit later start that we had hoped for but we have about 2-3cms accumulated already. It is expected to snow all day today and on and off through this week so that is very welcome news. There's just a slight wind and it's not too cold out there this morning. Fine, sunny weather is all well and good, but what we really want is deep snow!

Conditions on the hill are mostly groomed and packed powder, icy big moguls on the steeper runs and crud on the ungroomed terrain. There are quite a few little rocks and shrubs still poking through especially on lower slopes so be careful as the new snow will just barely cover those up. With any luck the new snow will be enough to cover all the bushes and rocks and increase the base all over the resorts.

Things on the hill should be a little less crowded today as the weekend holiday masses start to return back to the cities, so with more snow in the forecast and less people this equates to some happy skiers and riders.

Happy riding in 2012 everyone!


Official snow depths and operations @ Monday 2nd January 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
1cm of new snow up top, but it has only just started so more on the way!
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 195cm;
Toomi - 90cm;
Iimori - 90cm.

Hakuba 47:
All open!
Official snow depth:
Upper - 185cm
Lower - 50cm

Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from the top Grad Quad are moving.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm;
Sakka - 50cm;
Nakiyama - 60cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 160cm
Champion - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
5cm of fresh reported on upper slopes, with more to come as it has only started this morning.
Official snow depth:
All open!
Upper - 190cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:

Hakuba Iwatake:
Official snow depth:
Upper - 90cm
Lower - 38cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:

Hakuba Minekata:

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Monday 2nd January 2012
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