Good morning from Hakuba, and what a beautiful morning it was yesterday wasn't it.
By mid afternoon a thin overcast look had taken over, but it was a stunner while it lasted.
A dusting of snow on the mountains reported this morning with Hakuba 47, Goryu and Happo beating out Cortina in snowfall numbers - a full 2cm reported on their slopes overnight! ;)
Not to fear, as decent snowfall is hopefully about to happen - with snow forecast through into Sunday as the local forecast stands just now. Bring it on, I say.
It's cloudy, just a light south westerly breeze and light snowfall at the moment with a temperature of around -3C now.
Over at the Kita-one area of the Happo-one resort they have their 'Happo Banks The Snow Park' opening tomorrow morning with events starting at 9:30am over there. Once open it should be open (for free) until 5th April.
Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Friday 30th January 2015. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 2cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira and 1cm lower down. All courses open (except Adventure Course).
Hakuba Goryu: Toomi area every day until 31st March. 6pm until 9:30pm. Hakuba Happo-one: Nakiyama area every day until mid March. 5pm until 9pm. Hakuba Cortina: Every day until 31st March. 5pm until 8pm. Tsugaike Kogen: Kane-no-naru-oka on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th. 6pm until 8:50pm. Karamatsu-Shirakaba on Saturdays in January; February 7th, 14th, 28th; Saturdays in March. 6pm until 9pm. Kashimayari: Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.
Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:
All resorts in the Hakuba area are open
Observed snowfall in the last 14 days
Observed snowfall in this season
5cm snowfall in the last 7 days
116cm snowfall in January 2015
392cm snowfall since the beginning of the season
15cm snowfall in the last 7 days
313cm snowfall in January 2015
675cm snowfall since the beginning of the season