Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 14th April 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:09am on Saturday 14th April 2012
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Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Saturday 14th April 2012
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Yesterday may have started off fairly bright but it clouded over and the afternoon ended up being quite grey.

Unfortunately, Saturday morning brings with it rainy and wet conditions in the village and up on the mountains as well with all the resorts reporting rain at base but some hope for snow up top. Having said that, a quick look at the webcam from higher up on Happo seems to be showing that some snow is falling up there at the moment (they were reporting rain as of 8am) - which is encouraging, though I doubt it will amount to much.

There's hardly any wind though this morning and it's about 6C at the moment in the village.

For those visiting today and tomorrow, there's a few more lifts open at Happo for the weekend. And while today the conditions may not be that pleasant, tomorrow looks like the sun should be out and it will be sunny and warm. So I would say the pick of the weekend.

The last few days or so it's really noticable how much snow down at village level has melted away with some fields now visible for the first time since the beginning of the season. I suppose farmers are the ones who want that to happen as soon as possible so that they can get to work on what they do! Just as long as the snow stays up on the mountain for us sliders.

Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 14th April 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
Gondola and Alps daira No1 and No3 lifts operating. The Toomi Ski Four lift is open for today and tomorrow.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 240cm;
Toomi - 100cm

Hakuba 47:
Top to bottom skiable. All lifts apart from Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 213cm
Lower - 125m

Happo-one:
Top to bottom skiable (via Riesen course to Gondola base station).
Lifts normally operating daily for spring are:
Gondola
Grat quad
Alpen quad
Panorama pair
Skyline No2 pair
Kurobishi No2 quad
Other lifts:
Nakiyama No3 pair, Riesen quad and Kokusai No3 pair lifts are open today and tomorrow.
Usagidaira pair is also open today and tomorrow, and then will be open from 28th April until 6th May.
Kurobishi No3 pair lift plans to be open on 21st and 22nd April and also from 28th April until 6th May.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 60cm;
Nakiyama - 60cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Top to bottom skiable. Planned lifts operating are Ropeway, Gondola, Tsuga No2 pair lift and the Hannoki pair.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 295cm
Lower - 115cm

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Planned ski resort closings in Hakuba and Otari, all subject to change:

Hakuba Goryu:
Upper area hopefully open until 6th May. (Toomi Sky Four re-open for 14th/15th April).

Hakuba 47:
47 plants to be open until 6th May.

Happo-one:
Upper slopes plan to be open until 6th May.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Plans to be open until Golden Week

The Hakuba Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake, Sanosaka and Minekata resorts are all now closed for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 9:09am on Saturday 14th April 2012
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