Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 9th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:54am on Monday 9th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Lots of cloud, some blue sky
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
visibility condition
Varied, depending on where you are
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Monday 9th January 2017, 8:54am
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 7:17am 3cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:55am 1cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 8:49am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 8:32am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 11cm
Last 14 reports (total): 31cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 13cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 78cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:54am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hello from Hakuba on this Monday morning; and what we very much hope will be the start of a big week.

First up - fresh snow on the ground. I measure 5cm. And here is what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Happo-one: up to 20cm
Hakuba 47: 10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 5-10cm
Hakuba Cortina: 5-10cm

What's more, the forecast, particularly from late tomorrow through until the weekend, is looking very promising still.

Oh yes.

For the moment this morning there's a lot of cloud around but actually some blue sky and sunshine in places as well. Quite varied conditions this morning depending on where you are. But it should be a fun morning. And today is of course the last day of the long weekend here in Japan. While it will probably still be busier than a normal Monday, things should start to get quieter come this afternoon as people start to make their way back home.

Soon there should be lots of fresh snow everywhere. :)

The resort specific information today is posted below the following message.


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Continuing on from last season, the first part of this winter season in Japan has obviously not been classic in terms of snowfall – far from it in many regions - but we are still very hopeful that the Nihon-rashii (Japan-like) heavy and consistent snowfall will arrive.

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Resort news as of 8:50am on Monday 9th January 2017:

All information as available and subject to change during the day due to weather and snow conditions.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall on the upper slopes.
The top connection with Hakuba Goryu is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts are operating.
- All courses now open apart from Route 7.
- The Tree Riding Zones are not yet open.
Official snow depth
Upper: 130cm
Base: 30cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
The top connection with Hakuba 47 is open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- All lifts apart from the Cosmo quad lift are operating.
The following courses are open:
- Grand Prix
- Panorama
- Super
- Champion Dynamic
- Woody
- Toomi
- Soft Cream
- Merry Land
- Powder Snow
Official snow depth
Alps: 135cm
Toomi: 35cm
Iimori: 25cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting up to 20cm of fresh snowfall on the slopes.
You can ski or board back down to base via the Riesen Slalom and Nakiyama South course. Downloading via Gondola or lift required in the other areas.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating with just a number of base area lifts still to get moving.
The following courses are open:
- Kurobishi
- Usagidaira
- Skyline
- Riesen (part)
- Panorama
- Nakiyama South (part)
- Kita-one 3
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira: 90cm
Kurobishi: 130cm
Lower: 30cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Tsugaike Kogen is mostly open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Most lifts are now operating.
The following courses are open:
- Kane-no-naru-oka areas are part open.
- All other course areas are available.
Official snow depth:
Tsuga-no-mori: 120cm
Han-no-ki: 120cm
Maruyama: 45cm
Oya-no-hara: 25cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 25cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina is now mostly open.
The resort is reporting 5-10cm of fresh snowfall.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Number 6 and 7 lifts are not operating yet.
- Itadaira One and Warabidaira courses closed.
- Connection to Hakuba Norikura from top area only.
Official snow depth:
Top: 128cm
Base: 75cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field is part open.
Operating lifts and course info:
- Gondola
- Paradise triple
- 3-sen North lift
- 4-sen East lift
- 5-sen South lift
The following courses are at least part open:
- East
- North
- South (part)
- Gezan (part)
- Sunny Valley (part)
- Paradise (part)
- by1
Official snow depth:
Top: 70cm
Base: 40cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Hakuba Norikura Onsen is mostly open.
Lift info:
- All but one lift are now operating with most courses planned to be open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 80cm

Kashimayari is part open with all but one lift operating today.
Official snow depth:
Top: 35cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Hakuba Sanosaka is part open.
Official snow depth:
Top: 40cm


Please note that Yanaba ski hill will not be opening for the 2016-2017 season

Archive report: Posted at 8:54am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

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Previous 14 days total 31cm 44cm 62cm
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January observed snowfall total 13cm 138cm 126cm
February observed snowfall total - 82cm 105cm
March observed snowfall total - 35cm 111cm
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Season observed snowfall total 78cm 321cm 619cm
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