Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th May 2021

Hakuba Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:52am on Thursday 6th May 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Partly cloudy, sunny
Base temp:
13°C

Top temp:
6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Very good
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Thursday 6th May 2021, 7:52am
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Wednesday 5th May 2021, 8:05am 0cm
Tuesday 4th May 2021, 6:20am 0cm
Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:24am 0cm
Sunday 2nd May 2021, 8:10am 0cm
Saturday 1st May 2021, 7:50am 0cm
Friday 30th April 2021, 8:47am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 0cm
Current month (May 2021) total: 0cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 420cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Thursday 6th May 2021
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

So, now that the Golden Week holidays are over - complete with a bunch of unseasonable weather - we get some fine, settled weather? It looks like that might be the case. This morning it is partly cloudy, but lots of blue sky, it's sunny and it will probably warm up to around 20 degrees in the village.

Yesterday was the last day of the winter season for Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47 and Tsugaike Kogen. Thanks for your work, folks.

We're not done yet though. Four lifts at Hakuba Happo-one are still doing their thing and the Risen Grat, Kurobishi and Usagidaira courses are still open. Happo-one plans to be open until Sunday (9th May).

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Individual ski area data: Thursday 6th May 2021

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts (planned):
- Grat quad
- Alpen quad
- Adam Gondola
- Kurobishi Number 2 quad

Open courses (planned):
- Riesen Grat
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Base runs all closed - you need to get the Gondola back down to base

Reported snowfall:
- Kurobishi: 0cm
- Usagidaira: 0cm
- Nakiyama: 0cm

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 110cm
- Usagidaira: 24cm
- Nakiyama: 0cm

Planned closing date:
- Sunday 9th May


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End of season general message from SnowJapan
This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports


First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well.

What another strange season 2020-2021 has been.

In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did once again seem to arrive earlier than we would like, but those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the snow were able to experience some very fine conditions.

Challenges

Ski areas around Japan made various efforts to deal with the covid-19 situation and while there were some changes to operations here and there, most were able to open for the season. Some ski areas and regions have been affected more than others, but it’s probably safe to say that is has been a challenging period for pretty much everyone involved. In particular, destinations that have enjoyed a lot of foreign visitors in recent years have probably felt a big shock.

Perhaps inevitably, there has been a generally more subdued atmosphere and feel to the season.

Decisions

We made a few decisions before the winter started.

Unfortunately, it was getting obvious that international travel restrictions would be preventing people from entering Japan over the 2020-2021 season. And it was clearly going to be a great disappointment to many.

Even so, we wanted to keep SnowJapan updated as close to normal as possible. We asked our reporters to mention ‘the news’ when it seemed appropriate, but not to dwell on it too much. After all, people are not coming to SnowJapan to read about covid every day. We hope we got that difficult balance right.

Daily reports and updates are an important part of the site. They are popular with people while they are visiting Japan, but people also read our archive reports to see how previous seasons turned out and to make comparisons. Indeed, this last season we have noticed that a lot of you have been following from overseas – even if you weren’t able to come and enjoy the snow in person.

We would like to say a big public thank you to the reporters who did another fine job covering the 2020-2021 winter season on SnowJapan, in some challenging circumstances. Thanks to those efforts, we have another full season of data to add to our records.

Hopefully that information will continue to be of value to people making plans for a future visit to Japan.

Questions

The world knows much more about covid-19 in May 2021 than it did in April 2020, but in some ways we end this season with some of the same questions we were asking last year…

Everyone wants to know what the situation will be in six months’ time. There’s definitely brighter wider news and reasons to be positive, but big questions remain on how ‘open’ Japan might be for overseas visitors by the time the snow starts falling again.

No-one knows, of course.

Like last year, all we can do is try to keep a positive mindset and hope that progress will be made, and that overseas friends will be able to visit once again.

Looking Ahead

Whatever happens regarding the international travel situation, SnowJapan plans to be here reporting the 2021-2022 winter season.

2020-2021 might now be over, but as usual we are busy working on various stuff for the future. We’ll let you know what we’re up to later in the year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in old ski areas from the past around Japan, the SnowJapanHistory (www.snowjapanhistory.com) website will continue to be updated regularly. Over there you can find details on over 160 ski areas, including at least one that closed back in the 1960s (!)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and your support. If you want to get in touch, as always you can contact us using this form.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe… and we’ll see you later in the year.

(Hopefully with good news!)


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Total snowfall accumulation on upper areas (2020-2021 season):

TOTAL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION SO FAR (UPPER AREAS)
* Numbers reported by ski areas

Hakuba 47832cm
Hakuba Cortina915cm
Hakuba Goryu1083cm
Hakuba Happo-one867cm
Tsugaike Kogen985cm


The 'total snowfall accumulation' data shown in the table is the total amount of snowfall that the ski areas have themselves reported from the upper areas of their resort since the beginning of the season. We manually check and update this official data just before we publish each Hakuba Now report. Any odd-looking numbers are due to the source data. We have no control over the data. Just to be extra clear, unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data from base that we show at the top of each report, the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan.


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Photos (below):

- Hakuba 47
- Hakuba Happo-one
- Hakuba Goryu

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Thursday 6th May 2021
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Hakuba Happo-one is still open - until Sunday

All other ski areas in the region are now closed

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  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 6th May 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
6th May 0cm - 0cm
5th May 0cm - 0cm
4th May 0cm - 0cm
3rd May 0cm - 0cm
2nd May 0cm - 0cm
1st May 0cm - 0cm
30th April 0cm - 0cm
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Previous 14 days total 0cm 3cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 4cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 150cm 28cm 112cm
January observed snowfall total 165cm 70cm 207cm
February observed snowfall total 102cm 73cm 33cm
March observed snowfall total 3cm 46cm 47cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 2cm 21cm
May observed snowfall total 0cm - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 420cm 223cm 420cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th May 2021
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
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2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 0cm
[0cm]
150cm
[150cm]
165cm
[315cm]
102cm
[417cm]
3cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
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]
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[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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