Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 5th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 5th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow, heavier higher up
wind condition
NNE
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:55am
1cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Monday 2nd January 2017, 9:00am 0cm
Sunday 1st January 2017, 8:35am 2cm
Saturday 31st December 2016, 8:42am 0cm
Friday 30th December 2016, 8:36am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 29cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 5cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 70cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 5th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

Yesterday was an odd one with that mix of wind (and then another spell of wet conditions to put the boot in down at lower levels). But there was some decent snow falling higher up, with Hakuba 47 reporting 5cm of fresh on upper areas by late afternoon.

So the gusty winds did ease off a bit and let the resorts open up not long after my report.

There seems to be less wind this morning though it still sounds like it's out there. For example the Happo gondola was delayed opening - but seems to be operating as normal now.

I noticed that the Champion Dynamic course at Goryu is also now open (but they are saying conditions aren't the best and only suitable for skilled riders).

Light snow at the moment here at base but I can see from the webcams that it's snowing more up there and visibility looks pretty limited in places too. Snow clouds should be with us for the day today and we're hoping they'll deliver some more goods.

Clearer weather conditions are forecast from tomorrow through Sunday presently with the next snow due at the end of the weekend and into the start of next week.

Let's keep an eye on the forecast, without wishing time to pass too quickly of course. One day soon, all the resorts will be "fully open". I eagerly await that day!

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Resort news as of 8:55am on Thursday 5th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
The resort was reporting 5cm of fresh snowfall on the upper areas yesterday, no additional reported this morning.
The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts operating apart from Line D.
- All courses now open apart from Route 7.
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 120cm
Base: 25cm

Hakuba Goryu:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts apart from the Alps Number 2/4, Iimori Number 1 pair and Cosmo quad lift are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
- Super
- Champion Dynamic
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Powder Snow
Official snow depth
Alps: 125cm
Toomi: 30cm
Iimori: 20cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
The upper areas of Hakuba Happo-one are open.
You can now ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South course.
Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
The resort is reporting 3cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen (part)
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South (part)
- Kita-one 3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 90cm
Kurobishi: 130cm
Lower: 20cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
The following courses are open:
- The Tsuga-no-mori, Upper Han-no-ki, Lower Han-no-ki, Maruyama and Oya-no-hara areas are open.
- The Forest course, Shirakaba and Kane-no-naru-oka areas are part open.
- The Uma-no-se course and Champion area are closed.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 110cm
Han-no-ki: 100cm
Maruyama: 40cm
Oya-no-hara: 25cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Cortina:
The resort is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open.
- Snake course closed.
Official snow depth:
Top: 134cm
Base: 85cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is currently part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- East
- North
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 60cm
Base: 30cm

Kashimayari:
Kashimayari is currently part open.
Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7 lifts.
Official snow depth:
Top: 30cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen is currently mostly open.
Lift info:
- All but one lift are now operating with most courses planned to be open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 70cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is now part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 25cm

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Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Thursday 5th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

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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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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 5th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
5th January 1cm 0cm 10cm
4th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 2cm 0cm 5cm
2nd January 0cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 2cm 12cm 10cm
31st December 0cm 0cm 20cm
30th December 7cm 1cm 3cm
Previous 7 days total 12cm 13cm 48cm
Previous 14 days total 29cm 39cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 1cm 10cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 64cm 54cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 5cm 138cm 126cm
February observed snowfall total - 82cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 35cm 111cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 70cm 321cm 619cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 5th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
5cm
[70cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
138cm
[202cm]
82cm
[284cm]
35cm
[319cm]
2cm
[321cm]
0cm
[321cm]
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]
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