Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 21st December 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
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The sun is shining and it looks like it is going to be a great day for skiing in Hakuba today. A fairly high cloud bank should burn off by lunch time and make for some nice scenic views of the peaks and into the valley.

No new snow to report today, but cool temperatures overnight hardened up the snow and will make the first turns of the day fast and icy. Conditions should soften up by midday and the courses will be quite empty as it is mid week skiing. Be careful of unmarked man made and natural hazards out on the hills as there are still bare patches, exposed rocks and trees. Also make sure you know the way down is ok for skiing as many resorts are not open right to the bottom yet and you need to download on the gondola.

The forecast is calling for rain tonight in the valley, so hopefully that equate to snow up top, then later on Wed, Thurs and Friday, we are expecting more real snow to arrive. It's needed right now so all fingers crossed!


Official snow depths and operations @ Tuesday 21st December AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snow to report.
Alps daira - 85cm;
Toomi - 25cm;
Iimori - 20cm;
All of the Alps daira area is now open. Gondola and Alps No 1 and No 3 pair lifts are operating. Parts of Toomi and Iimori areas are also now open with the Toomi Sky Four lift and Milky Four lift moving. The downhill course from Alps daira to the Toomi area is still not officially skiable.

Hakuba 47:
Snow depth (upper) - 44cm;
Now all of the official routes at Hakuba 47 are open apart from Route 7 and the lower part of Route 1. All lifts apart from the Pair line D lift are operating at the resort. Unchanged from yesterday.

Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 70cm;
Lower slopes - 10cm.
The Gondola, Alpen quad, Kurobishi quad, Panorama pair lift, Skyline No2, Hakuba Kokusai No 3 Pair AB lifts are operations remain unchanged.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Snow depth - 95cm
Champion area - 15cm
The Gondola, Tsuga No 2 pair lift, Han-no-ki high speed pair lift, and now also the Tsugaike Chuo triple chair lift, are operating today.

Hakuba Iwatake:
Upper - 32cm
Lower - 5cm
Iwatake remains part open. The Gondola as well as the View No 3 pair lift, Iwatake No 4 pair lift and Kamoshika No 4 pair lifts are operating - you need to get the Gondola back down the mountain.

Hakuba Minekata and Hakuba Sanosaka plan to open for the season on 23rd December.

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Tuesday 21st December 2010
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Parts of Hakuba Goryu, Hakuba 47, Happo-one, Hakuba Iwatake, Tsugaike Kogen, Norikura & Cortina are now open.

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