Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 3rd April 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:41am on Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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In the report yesterday I mentioned stormy like conditions. Well, this morning the wind is blowing and affecting resort lift operations - Tsugaike is closed, the upper lifts at Happo are not moving and the Gondolas at both 47 and Goryu not moving early on. With stronger winds forecast for later on this morning and this afternoon, perhaps we won't see much action today.

Neither rain or snow falling early on this morning. It is too warm for snow and currently about +6 degrees in village with a high possibly creeping into double digits. But it is still on the forecast for later on today as temps seem set to drop from tonight. We will probably still have fairly strong winds tomorrow though it will be colder and a decent chance of snow to be falling. Snow clouds set to hang on until the end of the week perhaps?

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Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 3rd April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and upper lifts affected early morning due to strong winds.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 265cm;
Toomi - 130cm

Hakuba 47:
At time of writing, Line D and Line A open with other lifts on hold due to winds. Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 234cm
Lower - 150cm

Happo-one:
Upper lifts closed due to wind this morning - basically left side of mountain open at the moment. Lifts normally operating: Grat quad, Alpen quad, Happo Riesen quad, Nakiyama No3 triple, Gondola, Panorama pair, Kurobishi No2 quad, Skyline No2 pair and Kita One No3 pair. Lift tickets are now cheaper until closing.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 210cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen closed this morning due to strong winds. Lifts normally operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 280cm
Lower - 140cm

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

Hakuba Goryu:
Toomi area open until Sunday 8th April.
Upper area hopefully open until 6th May.

Hakuba 47:
47 plants 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.

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Late update:

As the wild weather continues today, for those intrepid explorers who like to ski and board in typhoon-like conditions, less options are available this afternoon.... just the Shirakaba No1 pair lift remains open at Happo and 47 haven't been able to open up more. The wild wind, while not quite as strong as it was, is still with us and rain has started falling.

Today is definitely not the best day of the season!

But hopefully, there will be news of snow to report tomorrow morning.

Archive report: Posted at 9:41am on Tuesday 3rd April 2012
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