Current weather conditions:
Cloud and poor visibility
Snow coming down nicely now
Temperature (mountain top):
Fresh snow to report this morning from Hakuba.
Around 5cm on the ground here by my place in the village but resorts around the valley reporting around 10cm at base and up to 30cm on upper slopes overnight.
It's coming down very nicely at the moment as well, so the cm should be building up quite quickly once again if this continues.
Visibility generally poor.. it's the price we must pay for heavy snow.
Those who brave the conditions this morning will be rewarded with some fine fresh snow conditions. Those who wait until tomorrow - looks like they'll be able to enjoy the fresh conditions with clearer skies above Hakuba....decent chance of sun making an appearance tomorrow and it'll be slightly warmer as well.
Do keep an eye on the data below as I do go through them all and update each morning... wouldn't want you to miss those updates! Takes time to get it all together each day. Gambarimasu.
Official snow depth numbers and operations as of 22nd December 2014. Subject to change during the day:
Hakuba Goryu: Reporting 30cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, now official 2.5m snow depth up there. All lifts operating except Alps Daira 2&4 and Toomi Number 2 Pair lift. All courses open except Adventure Course. Night skiing at Toomi every day until 31st March.
Hakuba 47: Reporting 10cm at base and 20cm of fresh snowfall on upper slopes this morning. 5cm during the day yesterday as well on mountain. All courses open. Tree Riding Zone not open yet.
- Upper - 215cm - Lower - 120cm
Happo-one: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall on the upper slopes this morning. Most courses at Happo-one are now open. The Kokusai Lift closed early on because of heavy snow fall on the safety nets. Snow Chao Kids Park is now open. Happo Banks The Snow Park not yet open.
Hakuba Cortina: Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at base and 20cm on upper areas. Lifts 3, 5 and 7 not open - resort part open (Giant, Rabbit, Snake, Kamoshika not yet open). Night skiing every day until 31st March.
- Upper - 245cm - Lower - 155cm
Tsugaike Kogen: Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now open, most notably the Uma-no-se course not yet open. Han-no-ki Number 3 Quad and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts delayed due to clearing snow. Next night skiing is from 27th December through 1st January in both Kane-no-naru-oka and Karamatsu-Shirakaba areas.