Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 30th January 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 12:43pm on Sunday 30th January 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 12:43pm on Sunday 30th January 2011
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True to form snow began to fall yesterday and continued overnight leaving behind 25cm odd powder in the village and 35cm plus on resorts. Perhaps much more in places. Strange update from Goryu today reporting 0 new snow - assume thats a misinput as there is powder galore everywhere. Hakuba 47 are reporting 28cm while Cortina are reporting 10cm (* see end of report). Tsugaike on the other hand is seeing 45cm jumps in their snow depth data and Happo is showing big numbers as well.

Get this as well, just heard from Tsugaike BC and they are reporting a mind-boggling 1m of fresh snow!

So, it's mixed official numbers from the resorts this morning but in reality the bottom line is that it's just basically powder heaven once again.

Happo gondola line was still quiet at 8 this morning but seems everyone had a late start as things were starting to get a bit more hectic on the mountain by 10am, perhaps some fun Saturday nights happening last night.

There's heaps of whooping as lines get slashed, and the usual people stuck in powder filled moguls and searching for lost skis or finding themselves on snowboards bottomed out on the flat. Fun!

Light is a bit flat at altitude but visibility below 1500m isn't bad. Light winds from the SE on Happo's Usagidaira slope (1400m) currently -10 degrees, light NE at the Ski Jumps (760m) and -5.

The forecast for the rest of today is for light snow to continue.

It looks like the start of February will bring some clear weather and warmer temperatures through the week to come with a run of sun looling possibly from Wednesday until the weekend.

Take care out there!

Official snow depths and operations @ Sunday 30th January AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu not reporting new snow, but there's tons of fresh up there. The Iimori Snow Park is also now open.
Night time operations from 6pm until 9:30pm.
Alps daira - 320cm;
Toomi - 160cm;
Iimori - 140cm.

Hakuba 47:
28cm of snow reported by the resort this morning. Normal operations today.
Snow depth (upper) - 192cm.

Happo-one:
Some big number increases in the official snow depths this morning. Definitely lots of fresh powder out there to get lost in. Nakiyama nighta now operating.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 290cm;
Sakka - 180cm;
Shirakaba - 165cm;
Nakiyama - 165cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
45cm jump in the official snow depth on the upper slopes at Tsugaike this morning.Jib Park and Hit Park are both open at Tsugaike.
Snow depth - 330cm
Maruyama area - 190cm
Champion - 240cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 180cm
Lower - 120cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Tons of fresh powder.
Upper - 370cm
Lower - 230cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
150cm

Hakuba Minekata:
145cm

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Edit:

* Seems that Cortina reported 30cm overnight and then an additional 10cm in the morning alone today, with more coming in the afternoon - so they have had at least 40cm since yesterday.

Archive report: Posted at 12:43pm on Sunday 30th January 2011
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts now open and enjoying great conditions

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