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Hakuba Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Hakuba & Otari region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 10:03am on Tuesday 1st December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Blue skies, some cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Very good
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Tuesday 1st December 2020, 10:03am
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Friday 27th November 2020, 10:46am 0cm
Monday 13th April 2020, 9:02am 0cm
Sunday 12th April 2020, 8:33am 0cm
Friday 10th April 2020, 7:27am 2cm
Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:10am 0cm
Wednesday 8th April 2020, 8:33am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 2cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 0cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 0cm

Good morning everyone from Hakuba.

After my brief welcome back message last week, here I am with a few more words.

So yes, 2020. What a year!

The winter season was... well, on the mild side... and then the annoying coronavirus started to cause problems in the second part of the season, eventually bringing the season to an early end.

It has been a challenging year for pretty much everyone; and for some more than others. Hakuba is of course a year round tourist destination and it has been a tough year for many related businesses. The Japanese government 'Go To' travel campaign seems to have been welcomed and has brought some people back over the last few months. That has apparently brought some relief, which is of course good to hear.

How the coming winter season pans out remains to be seen.

Many of you reading this from outside of Japan were probably planning to come to Hakuba this winter, but will not be able to. Unfortunately, I can't say much that will make you feel any better about that. But I have no doubt that even if you are not able to be here this winter, you'll be interested to see how this season goes and be looking forward to the time when you can be here... hopefully in the not too distant future.

For various beyond-our-control circumstance reasons, there very nearly wasn't going to be a Hakuba Now report this season. But I am happy to report that we have overcome those things and plan to keep Hakuba Now updated through the 2020-2021 season. Yey!

Before we get going properly, there are just a few important things that I would like to mention:

** The Hakuba Now reports may appear later in the day than they have done in the past

** However, we plan to 'time-stamp' them as the time the main information was written; this is so as to not cause confusion

** If Hakuba Valley update their official site with snowfall numbers, we will report those - like we did last year

We are going to have to see how it all goes; some unknowns remain as we ourselves are dealing with changed circumstances.

Whatever: the concept behind these reports remains unchanged. (Of course!)

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It was hoped that some ski lifts might be moving by the end of November and Hakuba Happo-one was hoping to start up in some fashion from today, but no lifts are able to open yet.

There is snow on the upper areas right now. I see Hakuba 47 were reporting 10cm at 1,450m from Saturday. You can get an idea from images below (from Happo-one, Tsugaike and Cortina).

There doesn't seem to be much snow on the forecast in the coming few days and right now there is a lot of blue sky and just a slight breeze.

Once the lifts start moving I plan to be with you every day.

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By the way, if you haven't already checked it out, I highly recommend a look at the new SnowJapanHistory website. It has been put together by the same person who created SnowJapan back in 1999.

It's kind of like a version of this site, but covering ski areas from the past. And there's a lot of them!

A few old ski areas from the Hakuba region are on there, including some familiar recent names like Hakuba Highland, Hakuba Minekata, Yanaba and Sun Alpina Aokiko. In recent days a very interesting new entry was added about the temporary ski courses and facilities that were constructed on Mt Eniwa in Hokkaido for the 1972 Sapporo Winter Olympics.

You can find the site here:

SnowJapanHistory - a look back at ski areas from Japan's past

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I'll be back with snow news. I'm stoked and ready to go to report what I hope it a very good season. I think we all deserve it!

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts will be moving as soon as there is enough snow

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 1st December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Tuesday 1st December 2020
(View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 1st December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Tuesday 1st December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
1st December 0cm 0cm -
27th November 0cm - -
13th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
12th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
10th April 2cm 3cm 0cm
9th April 0cm 2cm 10cm
8th April 0cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 2cm 4cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 2cm 4cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 4cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 0cm 28cm 112cm
January observed snowfall total - 70cm 207cm
February observed snowfall total - 73cm 33cm
March observed snowfall total - 46cm 47cm
April observed snowfall total - 2cm 21cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 0cm 223cm 420cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 1st December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
- - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
28cm
[32cm]
70cm
[102cm]
73cm
[175cm]
46cm
[221cm]
2cm
[223cm]
-
2018/2019 season - 0cm
[0cm]
112cm
[112cm]
207cm
[319cm]
33cm
[352cm]
47cm
[399cm]
21cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
158cm
[205cm]
202cm
[407cm]
103cm
[510cm]
17cm
[527cm]
20cm
[547cm]
0cm
[547cm]
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
242cm
[307cm]
151cm
[458cm]
65cm
[523cm]
4cm
[527cm]
0cm
[527cm]
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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