Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 4th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:46am on Monday 4th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Not so windy at base, but winds causing problems higher up
Good
This report
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:46am
0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:55am 0cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 9:30am 0cm
Friday 1st January 2016, 9:01am 12cm
Thursday 31st December 2015, 8:56am 0cm
Wednesday 30th December 2015, 9:04am 1cm
Tuesday 29th December 2015, 10:11am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 21cm
Last 14 reports (total): 39cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 12cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 76cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Monday 4th January 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

UPDATE AT 10:45am:

Happily, it looks like Happo-one have been able to open with planned lifts now operating.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

Morning from Hakuba where the weather is continuing to cause headaches.

Windy conditions messed about with resort operations again yesterday. Happo-one were able to part open again around lunchtime but there was also some lift disruption at 47/Goryu and over at Tsugaike.

And it was warm. Like 7C degrees warm at 1450m (according to Hakuba 47). I can't think of anything I want to say about that!

This morning, unfortunately, Happo-one is once again not able to open due to wind conditions. Lifts at Hakuba 47 are operating slower than usual and Hakuba Goryu are warning of the wind on mountain as well (though the lifts are currently moving). The top part of the Gondola at Tsugaike Kogen is not moving at the time of writing and neither are the top Tsuga Number 1 and 2 pair lifts... hopefully the wind might calm down during the day and stop being a problem.

This wind and the warmer temperatures really has people talking about spring, which in early January is just... very unsettling.

I sure don't want to be writing about these things and you certainly don't want to be reading about them either. But you want me to tell it like it is, so that's what I will continue doing. I just look forward to the day when everywhere can be open as normal and we can all go about our skiing and boarding with big smiles on our faces. (I think I said that before).

All that being said, there is of course fun to be had out there. Just more like spring time fun than mid-season!

When will we see things shape up? Let's take a look at the forecast.

I'm happy to report that there's positive stuff in there.

Tomorrow things should start getting colder and there might be some fresh snow. Thursday onwards is looking the most promising though with snow forecast each day through into and through the weekend.

Could we see big (good) changes by the weekend?

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one

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Resort news as of 8:45am on Monday 4th January 2015 (all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 95cm
Base: 10cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Upper areas, the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open.
The upper-lower connecting Champion Dynamic and Woody courses are unfortunately closed again due to the snow conditions.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 2/4 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 125cm
Toomi: 40cm
Iimori: 35cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open with lower course areas still closed.
However, this morning strong winds again mean that all lifts at Happo-one are on hold at the time of writing.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 65cm
Nakiyama: 10cm
Sakka: 5cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 0cm of fresh snow.
Courses open - Ikenota, Ikenota Forest (upper), Mt Hieda Forest, Mt Hieda 1 (lower), Itadaira, Itadaira Forest, Ipponmatsu.
Planned lifts:
Number 1 pair lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 4 pair lift
Number 5 pair lift
Number 6 pair lift
Official snow depth
Top: 100cm
Base: 50cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Large sections of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
Most lifts now operating at Tsugaike Kogen.
The top part of the Gondola and Tsuga Number 1 and 2 pair lifts are on hold early on due to strong winds.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 115cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 30cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Limited areas of the Mountain Side (North and East courses) are currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
3Sen North
4Sen Line East
5Sen South
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 70cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
40cm
5 lifts are operating and 6 courses are now open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Kashimayari:
Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift operating.

Archive report: Posted at 8:46am on Monday 4th January 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Wind is not helping. See report for more.

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Monday 4th January 2016
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 4th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 4th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
4th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 0cm 5cm 0cm
2nd January 0cm 0cm 40cm
1st January 12cm 10cm 2cm
31st December 0cm 20cm 1cm
30th December 1cm 3cm 3cm
29th December 8cm 10cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 21cm 48cm 56cm
Previous 14 days total 39cm 100cm 70cm
November observed snowfall total 10cm 0cm 35cm
December observed snowfall total 54cm 276cm 122cm
January observed snowfall total 12cm 126cm 97cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 111cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 76cm 619cm 423cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 4th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
12cm
[76cm]
- - - -
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
276cm
[276cm]
126cm
[402cm]
105cm
[507cm]
111cm
[618cm]
1cm
[619cm]
0cm
[619cm]
2013/2014 season - 35cm
[35cm]
122cm
[157cm]
97cm
[254cm]
91cm
[345cm]
70cm
[415cm]
8cm
[423cm]
0cm
[423cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
47cm
[47cm]
185cm
[232cm]
149cm
[381cm]
168cm
[549cm]
10cm
[559cm]
6cm
[565cm]
0cm
[565cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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