Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:14am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:14am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
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It is looking like a another good day on the slopes here in Hakuba. We received about 3cms overnight and it looks like it is going to remain overcast and cold today. It is not snowing at the moment but it looks like within the next few days more snow is expected. It looks like it is going to hover just below the zero mark today, so not melting the snow we have is a bonus!

One can still find some fresh lines on the mountain today if you get out there early and look in the right places. With packed powder and groomed runs on most of the upper runs it is actually very nice skiable terrain and with some resorts like Goryu opening up the bottom begginer runs it makes your choices even better.

Later in the week and into the weekend we are all keeping our finger crossed for that huge snowfall present from Santa that is due to arrive. Later on Friday through Sunday really is looking very promising. I think this would be the best present for everyone at this stage, open everything up and lets get this season going! Perhaps see you out there on the slopes.

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Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 20th December 2011 AM:
Especially in this early season period please note that conditions can change quickly - resort operations as well as the weather, as resorts try to get as much open as possible. So please keep that in mind.

Hakuba Goryu:
Goryu reporting 15cm of new snow on the upper slopes and just a few cm down at base level.
Ski lifts/courses:
Telecabin (gondola); Alps Daira No1 pair lift; Alps Daira No3; Toomi Sky 4; Iimori Milky 4. You can now ski down to base.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 100cm;
Toomi - 35cm;
Iimori - 35cm.

Hakuba 47:
Hakuba 47 are reporting another 13cm of fresh snow today on upper slopes.
Ski lifts/courses:
Gondola (to get people to Line 8), Line A, Line C and Line E lifts operating. All courses apart from Line 7, the lower part of Line 1 and the DBD Kamoshika areas are open.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 133cm
Lower - 25cm

Happo-one:
The snow depth up on Usagidaira has taken a 30cm jump this morning while the lower slopes are unchanged. Nice conditions up there!
Ski lifts/courses:
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Panorama pair, Kokusai No3 pair and Skyline No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 100cm;
Sakka - 30cm;
Nakiyama - 20cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Ski lifts/courses:
Han-no-ki high speed pair lift (access via Gondola) and Tsuga No2 pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 80cm

Hakuba Cortina:
Cortina is reporting 20-30cm of fresh snow this morning.
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 2 quad and Number 4 pair lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Lower - 60cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Ski lifts/courses:
Number 1 pair lift operating.
Official snow depth:
40cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Iwatake will open as soon as there is enough snow.

Hakuba Sanosaka:
Sanosaka plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Hakuba Minekata:
Minekata plans to open for the season on 23rd December

Archive report: Posted at 9:14am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Goryu, 47, Happo, Tsugaike, Cortina, Norikura all part open - see main report for details.

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