Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 17th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:27am on Wednesday 17th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, poor visibility
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
Moderate to strong winds
Poor
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This report
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 9:27am
30cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 9:34am 2cm
Monday 15th December 2014, 8:50am 5cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 9:15am 40cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 8:58am 20cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 8:32am 2cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:25am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 99cm
Last 14 reports (total): 134cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 139cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 139cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:27am on Wednesday 17th December 2014
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Sorry for the later report this morning, I have been digging myself out of snow and also trying to get as much information as I can for this report.

Very large amounts of snow falling in Hakuba at the moment.

Here's what the resorts are reporting in terms of fresh snowfall:

Hakuba 47 - 30cm at base since last night, 60cm on upper slopes. Strong winds higher up.
Hakuba Goryu - 30cm at Iimori, 30cm at Alps Daira upper slopes.
Hakuba Happo-one - 60cm.
Hakuba Cortina - 35cm at base; 40cm at top.

Basically lots of snow, with more on the way as it is not stopping any time soon.

Snow storm style conditions out there this morning, though some lifts are managing to be open. It's one of those days when conditions and status can change often, so what I post below is just the snapshot for early morning as I write the report and collect the info. If you are planning to be out in these mad conditions (!), I recommend you check with the resort.

The Number 4 pair lift at Hakuba Cortina is closed this morning, due to avalanche danger according to the resort. It's highly recommended to stay on the official courses. All of this new snowfall, very poor visibility and wind blowing around... extra care is needed at times like this. It feels a bit of a downer talking about potential dangers, but we need to always keep those in mind while having our fun. It's not worth risking your life for.

For those waiting for the end of the storm, Friday might bring us calmer conditions and some clearer skies and sun.

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Happo-one
Reporting 60cm of fresh snow this morning.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 60cm
Usagidaira - 180cm

Open lifts:
-Kokusai Number 3
-Panorama
-Adam Gondola

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Hakuba 47
30cm at base, 60cm of fresh on the mountain this morning. All lifts on hold due to the weather conditions early on but hope to get open.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 110cm
Upper - 230cm

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Hakuba Goryu
Reporting 30cm at base and higher up this morning. Top Alps Daira lifts closed along with Panorama Course due to the weather. Other areas remain open.

Official Snow depths:
Iimori - 130cm
Toomi - 120cm
Alps Daira - 190cm

Open lifts:
-Gondola
-Toomi Sky Four lift
-Mikly Four lift
-Cosmo Four lift
-Iimori Number 6 Pair lift
-Iimori Number 1 Pair lift

Open courses:
-All courses are generally open, but the top Panorama course is closed this morning because of the weather conditions.

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Tsugaike Kogen
The upper part of the Gondola and top lifts not open due to the weather conditions this morning. At opening just the lower part and the Shirakaba Quad lift and subsequently only the lower Shirakaba and Oya-no-hara course areas open.

Official Snow depths:
Maruyama - 120cm
Oya-no-hara - 120cm
Tsuga-no-mori - 220cm

Planned open lifts:
-Shirakaba Quad
-Gondola (lower part only)

Open course areas::
-Shirakaba
-Oya-no-hara

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Hakuba Cortina
Cortina reporting 35-40cm of fresh snow this morning. Number 4 lift closed along with courses due to avalanche danger.

Official Snow depths:
Base - 160cm
Upper - 210cm

Open lifts:
-Number 2 Quad

Open course areas:
-Ikenota

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Kashimayari
Reporting 40cm of new snowfall.
Part open, fully open from this weekend.

Official Snow depth:
110cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Reporting 30cm of new snowfall.
Part open

Official Snow depth:
150cm

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Other planned opening dates:

Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field - Friday 19th December
Hakuba Sanosaka - Saturday 20th December

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SnowJapan is running a lift ticket prize draw with 400+ lift tickets to send out to site members - 50 of those are for resorts in the Hakuba area, so lots to win. For details on the prize draw, check out this page:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

Archive report: Posted at 9:27am on Wednesday 17th December 2014
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited due to wind today

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*as of Wednesday 17th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
17th December 30cm 0cm 0cm
16th December 2cm 5cm 0cm
15th December 5cm 20cm 3cm
14th December 40cm 15cm 0cm
13th December 20cm 3cm 2cm
12th December 2cm 15cm 5cm
11th December 0cm 2cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 99cm 60cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 134cm 62cm 95cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 35cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 139cm 122cm 185cm
January observed snowfall total - 97cm 149cm
February observed snowfall total - 91cm 168cm
March observed snowfall total - 70cm 10cm
April observed snowfall total - 8cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 139cm 423cm 565cm
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2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
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2014/2015 season - 0cm
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2013/2014 season - 35cm
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122cm
[157cm]
97cm
[254cm]
91cm
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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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