Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 13th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Some cloud and blue sky
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
wind condition
Ever so slight
Very good
This report
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 7:33am
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 9:02am 3cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 9:50am 2cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 9:04am 5cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 9:06am 2cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 8:50am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 16cm
Last 14 reports (total): 28cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 28cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 92cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba where there are some clouds around the mountain backdrop but generally it's lovely blue skies above the valley.

It's cold too, proper winter cold. The kind of cold we want on a fine winter morning. -5 degrees on my thermometer just earlier! The snow up there early morning should be good. Snow clouds are expected to move back over us during the day today and then hopefully it's snow later on and through the day tomorrow. Lots of snow please.

A fairly short and early report this morning as there's a few things I want to say...


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I just want to take this opportunity to thank the people who have sent in comments regarding these reports when they entered the current lift ticket Giveaway. It is always great to get feedback and lots of different comments.

One of the main talking points, as might be expected, seems to be the snow situation this season.

It has definitely been an odd early chunk of the season in Japan. Hokkaido had a late start but now seems to be doing well, but many parts of Honshu are still in need of more snow and recording much lower snowfall than usual. For many people reading this report who may be visiting from places that are not used to 'Japan normal' amounts of snow, what we have now is good enough and they are of course enjoying their holidays here. I certainly do not want to suggest otherwise.

Those of us who have been here for a long time though know that this season is not the norm, it has been an uncharacteristically late start and lean early season.

For Japan.

Perhaps us Japan long-timers are just so used to seeing large amounts of consistent and heavy snowfall that to not have that happening (yet) feels somehow... wrong. And perhaps we need to - for now - adjust our expectations with that in mind. There is still a lot of season left though and the pattern can definitely change. I'm sure we all agree that we would like to see lots more snow in the coming days and weeks.

It also seems that a lot of you value 'honesty' in reporting. That is absolutely THE most important thing for SnowJapan regarding it's reports, and if it's on SnowJapan you should take it for granted. (SnowJapan would absolutely like to hear about it if you thought that anything that was being posted on any of their reports was questionable in that respect).

SnowJapan is here to bring you honest and trustworthy information, not to sell you a holiday etc in Hakuba or Niseko or Yuzawa or any other area. That's what the website is all about and it will not be changing.

The following is a general comment rather than a Hakuba-specific one:

There are some people who would prefer that our reports were sugar-coated and essentially 'less honest' - perhaps conveniently leaving out information that was less palatable. 'Don't mention rain when it rains'. 'Round up snow numbers'. 'Just don't post anything that is less than positive'... we have been asked these things. Those people should be ashamed of themselves.

The people running SnowJapan (and myself included) believe that the people visiting the mountains want to know the truth - whether that truth be about huge amounts of powder snow, or not enough snow and heavy rain.

If you are one of those people who appreciates SnowJapan for these values - and I truly believe that we all should appreciate it - I encourage you to please let as many people know about the site and it's reports as possible. That is an easy and effective way to support this free service.

The guys over at SnowJapan HQ in Niigata didn't ask me to say any of this by the way, so I hope they don't mind me adding it to the report! Thank you again to everyone who has submitted comments. And thanks to SnowJapan for providing such an excellent service that is valued by many people.

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6 day forecast for Happo-one:

6 day snow and weather forecast for Happo-one


Resort news as of 7:30am on Wednesday 13th January 2015 (where available, all subject to change due to weather conditions)

Apologies, it is too early this morning for some resort-specific details to be updated. I doubt there are many real changes this morning.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
All courses apart from Route 7 officially open.
Tree Riding Zone not yet open for the season.
Official snow depth
Upper: 145cm
Base: 25cm

Hakuba Goryu:
Hakuba Goryu is reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
Panorama, Grand Prix, Super Course, Champion Dynamic and Woody Courses in upper area; the main Toomi course and the Soft Cream course in the Iimori area are planned to be open today.
Planned lifts:
Telecabin Gondola
Alps Number 1 pair lift
Alps Number 3 pair lift
Toomi Sky Four lift
Toomi Number 1 pair lift
Toomi Number 2 pair lift
Milky Four lift
Official snow depth
Alps: 150cm
Toomi: 45cm
Iimori: 40cm

Hakuba Happo-one:
Hakuba Happo-one is reporting 0cm of new snowfall.
Grat (part), Usagidaira, Kurobishi, Panorama, Skyline, Kita One and Riesen Slalom areas are planned to be open, lower course areas still closed.
Take one of the Gondola, Kokusai Number 1 pair, Sakka Kita-one quad or Nakiyama Number 3 triple lifts to get back down to base.
Planned lifts:
Adam Gondola
Grat quad lift
Alpen quad lift
Usagidaira pair lift
Happo Riesen quad
Nakiyama Number 3 triple
Kurobishi Number 2 quad lift
Kurobishi Number 3 pair lift
Skyline Number 2 pair lift
Kokusai Number 1 lift
Kokusai Number 3 lift
Panorama pair lift
Kita One quad lift
Kita One Number 3 pair lift
Official snow depth
Usagidaira: 100cm
Nakiyama: 35cm
Sakka: 15cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Hakuba Cortina reporting 0cm of fresh snowfall.
The courses at Cortina that remain closed are: Mt Hieda Ridge, Mt Hieda 2 and 3, Itadaria Ridge and Giant.
All other courses are now open.
Planned lifts:
All lifts apart from Number 7 pair lift now operating
Official snow depth
Top: 128cm
Base: 75cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
Most areas of Tsugaike Kogen are now at least part open.
Planned lifts:
Almost all of the lifts at Tsugaike Kogen are now operating.
Official snow depth
Tsuga-no-mori: 131cm
Maruyama: 40cm
Kane-no-naru-oka: 35cm

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field:
The North and East courses on Mountain Side are currently open.
Planned lifts:
Noah Gondola
3Sen Line North
4Sen Line East
Line Lift
Official snow depth
Upper: 60cm
Lower: 20cm

Hakuba Norikura Onsen:
Official snow depth
7 lifts are operating and 7 courses are open at Hakuba Norikura Onsen.

Planned lifts:
Kashimayari is part open.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Part open with the Number 1 triple lift, Number 2 quad and Number 5 pair lifts operating.

Archive report: Posted at 7:33am on Wednesday 13th January 2016
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*as of Wednesday 13th January 2016
13th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
12th January 3cm 35cm 1cm
11th January 2cm 1cm 3cm
10th January 0cm 0cm 2cm
9th January 5cm 0cm 15cm
8th January 2cm 0cm 0cm
7th January 4cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 16cm 38cm 31cm
Previous 14 days total 28cm 83cm 74cm
November observed snowfall total 10cm 0cm 35cm
December observed snowfall total 54cm 276cm 122cm
January observed snowfall total 28cm 126cm 97cm
February observed snowfall total - 105cm 91cm
March observed snowfall total - 111cm 70cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 92cm 619cm 423cm
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2012/2013 season 0cm
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