Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 24th December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:06am on Tuesday 24th December 2019
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This report
Tuesday 24th December 2019, 9:06am
Monday 23rd December 2019, 8:43am 4cm
Sunday 22nd December 2019, 8:43am 0cm
Saturday 21st December 2019, 8:47am 0cm
Friday 20th December 2019, 8:23am 0cm
Thursday 19th December 2019, 8:45am 0cm
Wednesday 18th December 2019, 8:47am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 8cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 19cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 23cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Tuesday 24th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

There was lots of blue sky and sunshine yesterday, but this morning lots of cloud around --- and up to 20cm of snow being reported from the ski resorts around the mountains. Here's the numbers:

Happo-one: 10cm
Hakuba Goryu: 10cm (upper); 1cm (base)
Hakuba 47: 10cm (upper); 5cm (base)
Hakuba Cortina: 20cm (upper); 12cm (base)

Cortina has 20cm of fresh but they don't have enough yet to open for the season.

I have been checking information and can't find any changes to what is open this morning.

What we have open now is most of Hakuba 47, the top area and lower Toomi run at Hakuba Goryu, the upper central area of Happo-one and one course at Kashimayari.

Hopefully the 'heavy snow' there on the forecast for around Friday will help things change by the weekend.


From today, we are adding additional information to our Hakuba Now reports.

Check this out:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsNew snowfall (base)New snowfall (upper)TOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 475cm10cm106cm
Hakuba Cortina12cm20cm-
Hakuba Goryu1cm10cm106cm
Hakuba Happo-one-cm10cm110cm
Tsugaike Kogen  85cm

IMPORTANT: See below for an explanation of the above data

Now please read this.

All our regional daily Now reports on SnowJapan are run in the same way. The concept is the same. We report from base areas for every report. In a perfect world, we would be able to reliably check and record an accurate snowfall number every morning on a consistent basis from the same point on some defined upper slope of a mountain. But there are multiple reasons why that is just not practical/possible. By doing what we do, we can be wholly consistent throughout a season. It is something that can be reliably done every day of the season.

At the same time we realise that reporting snowfall at base is not perfect and that it does not provide a complete picture, and we have never pretended that our reports are gnarly on-mountain ski / backcountry reports.

So as well as reporting what is observed at base (a fact that we have made clearer above the data in recent days, you might have noticed), for each Hakuba Now report we also spend time gathering information and reporting on the snowfall numbers that are being reported on mountain by the ski resorts around the valley. If you read our reports – rather than just looking at the raw numbers and instantly coming to conclusions - you will already have known that.

We can understand the desire for big snow numbers. Of course we love being able to report full on snowstorms and impressive numbers. But we are most definitely not here as some kind of promotion platform – for anywhere, whether it be Hakuba, Niseko, Nozawa, Mt Granview… or any other region of Japan. That is just not what we are. We’re not going to make stuff up or add extra sugar and/or cheese. Or inflate numbers hoping to meet some magical snowfall statistic that aligns with marketing campaigns. Some businesses do not like us for that, but from most of the feedback that we receive our stance on that issue seems to be one of the reasons why many people do like our website. (Thank you.)

Anyway, I want to avoid delving deeper into that particular hole for today. The reason I am bringing all of this up right now is as an introduction to some positive related news.

From this season, the good people at the Hakuba Valley organisation, with the co-operation of the individual ski resorts, are starting to keep a public record of ‘accumulated snowfall’ on the mountain – as reported by the ski patrol/staff at the individual ski resorts. We are promised that each morning this number will be updated by adding any fresh snowfall reported by the ski resort on the upper mountain areas since the previous day.

It’s a bit like the ongoing ‘total observed snowfall’ number in my reports... just for upper elevations (and official), rather than at base (and independent).

For example, in the above table for today....

Hakuba Happo-one were reporting 10cm of fresh snowfall on their upper slopes this morning, and there has been a total accumulated snowfall of 110cm recorded so far this season on those upper areas of the resort. Make sense?

The new snowfall numbers are the same numbers that I have always reported on in the text of my reports - just like I did this morning (see the top of the report). The 'total accumulation' data is the brand new number. From today I am going to put them all together in a table like you can see above in each Hakuba Now report.

Theoretically, this data should give us all a clearer idea of how much snow has fallen higher up on the mountains and we can keep track of it every day. Until now in the Hakuba Now reports every day we have clearly mentioned any snowfall being reported by the ski resorts, but it wasn’t added up – and the resorts weren’t adding it up either.

We always want to improve the information that we put in our reports and as part of those ongoing efforts from now on we will be checking and reporting this new ongoing snowfall accumulation number in every Hakuba Now report.

Remember, this particular data is coming directly from the ski resorts. It is not an independent observation. And like the official snow depth data that we also report on our site, SnowJapan does not have any control over it. If there is any strangeness going on, it is entirely due to the source. We are simply reporting it. One thing we have been made aware of is that unfortunately the accumulation number is not updated at exactly the same time as the new snowfall numbers. So there is a lag between the new snowfall being updated and the accumulation numbers being updated. That is not ideal, but that is apparently the system.

We very much hope that there won’t be any ‘rounding up’ going on; that snow doesn’t just fall in units of 5cm (0cm, 5cm, 10cm, 15cm, 20cm etc); and that the numbers will be an honest reflection of what is happening up on the mountains. You’ll be sure that we will comment on it as we see fit!

One important point: this new data will not affect our reports in any way; other than reporting this information, in all other respects the Hakuba Now reports will continue just as they have been.

We have yet to see this new data working in practice for long, but believe that the idea is a very good one and we really hope that it works out well.

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas!


Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- Happo Gondola Adam
- Kokusai Number 1 pair lift
- Kokusai Number 3 pair lift
- Panorama pair lift
- Alpen lift
- Kurobishi Number 2 lift
- Usagidaira pair lift
- Grat quad (*sightseeing only)

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Usagidaira
- Kurobishi
- Base areas closed - take the Gondola or Kokusai Number 1 pair lift back down to base

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 60cm
- Usagidaira: 45cm
- Lower: 0cm

Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Line A B pair lift
- Line C quad lift
- Line E pair lift

Courses open:
- Most courses are now open
- R7 not open
- Tree Riding Zones not yet available

Official snow depth:
- Top: 50cm
- Base: 5cm

Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (need to take the gondola back to base from the open upper area)
- Alps Number 1 pair
- Alps Number 3 pair
- Toomi quad

Courses open:
- Panorama
- Grand Prix
- Technical
- Super
- Toomi (part)

Official snow depth:
- Alps: 60cm
- Toomi: 26cm
- Iimori: -cm

Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- Gondola (need to take the gondola back to base from the open upper area)
- Han-no-ki pair

Courses open:
- Han-kou (top area)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 40cm

Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

- Number 2 pair lift operating
- Course 2 open

Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- Not yet open


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field
Hakuba Norikura Onsen
Plan to open as soon as there is enough snow


Photos today (below):

- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Happo-one [Usagidaira]
- Hakuba Goryu [base Toomi area]
- Hakuba Goryu [upper Alps area]
- Hakuba 47
- Tsugaike Kogen [upper Tsuganomori area]
- Tsugaike Kogen [lower Kane-no-naru-oka area]
- Hakuba Iwatake
- Looking towards Hakuba Iwatake and Hakuba Happo-one

Archive report: Posted at 9:06am on Tuesday 24th December 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

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See above for details of what is currently open

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22nd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
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