Hakuba Now daily snow and weather reports

Hakuba Now

8:48am, 1st February 2015
Current weather conditions:
Mostly cloudy
weather condition Precipitation:
Light snow at times, in places
precipitation condition
Temperature (base):
-7C Wind conditions:
3m/s NNE
wind condition
Temperature (mountain top):


It was snowing yesterday - quite heavily at times - until late afternoon, with those windy conditions continuing. I was up at Goryu mid-afternoon - the snow was really coming down and at times nearly total whiteout conditions.

Some more snowfall overnight and it's a cold morning with snow still falling in places but as I write this now it has eased off - I can even see some blue sky up there and is that some sun shining through in places. It may well be.

Strong morning winds affecting some top lifts again this morning around the resorts, fingers crossed that situation will improve to allow them to open.

We aren't expecting much snow today and over the next few days the forecast is generally for a mix of cloud, sun and light snow showers from time to time. It should be keeping cold, perhaps with slightly milder conditions around Wesnesday and Thursday.

Should be a fun day out there especially if visibility improves and the wind calms.


Official snow depth numbers and operations at time of writing on Sunday 1st February 2015. Subject to change during the day:

Hakuba Goryu:
Reporting 10cm of new snowfall at Alps Daira, 5cm at Toomi and Iimori.
Top Alps Daira lifts on hold due to strong winds.
All courses planned to be open(except Adventure Course) - Panorama will depend on lifts.

- Alps Daira - 305cm
- Toomi - 170cm
- Iimori - 170cm


Hakuba 47:
Reporting 15cm of new snowfall on upper areas during the day yesterday; 5cm overnight.
The Line A and C lifts now open until 4:20pm daily.
Early on, Line E lift on hold.
Tree Riding Zone is open.

- Upper - 310cm
- Lower - 185cm


Reporting 10+cm of fresh snow at Usagidaira.
Top lifts not open early on due to weather conditions.
Happo Banks The Snow Park is now open.

- Usagidaira - 330cm
- Nakiyama - 170cm
- Sakka - 160cm


Hakuba Cortina:
Reporting 15-20cm of new snowfall.
A number of areas of the resort 'confirming safety' (Lifts 4 and 5) early on.

- Upper - 430cm
- Lower - 285cm


Tsugaike Kogen:
Uma-no-se and Forest course closed early morning.
Please note that the top Tsugaike Ropeway only opens for spring season.

- Tsuga-no-mori - 375cm
- Maruyama - 200cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka - 215cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Reporting 0-5cm of fresh snowfall.

- Upper - 280cm
- Lower - 175cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall.
Currently checking some courses for safety before opening.

- 270cm


All areas now open.

- 200cm


Night skiing at resorts in the Hakuba area:

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.
Every day until 15th March. 4:30pm until 9:30pm.

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open - some top lifts affected by wind early morning

Observed snowfall in the last 14 days

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Observed snowfall in this season

Hakuba Goryu:

17cm snowfall in the last 7 days
5cm snowfall in February 2015
407cm snowfall since the beginning of the season

Hakuba Cortina:

55cm snowfall in the last 7 days
15cm snowfall in February 2015
720cm snowfall since the beginning of the season

Please note / Disclaimers

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Hakuba Goryu
New snowfall* 5cm
Current snow 170cm
Previous day 170cm
Hakuba Cortina
New snowfall* 15cm
Current snow 285cm
Previous day 250cm

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