Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
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Wednesday 24th January 2018, 8:29am
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:34am 16cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:33am 3cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:33am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:37am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:40am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 43cm
Last 14 reports (total): 84cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 138cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 343cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

Snow and wind yesterday and it looks like we should be getting more of that today too.

First up, the all important fresh snow headlines from the ski resorts (what they are reporting):

Hakuba Goryu: Toomi - 5cm (!?); upper areas - 35cm
Hakuba 47: 20cm-30cm
Hakuba Cortina: 20+cm (base); 25+cm (upper)
Hakuba Happo-one: 30cm (top gondola station)
Hakuba Iwatake: 20cm

With the 24cm we are measuring here at base (and 21cm and 30cm at our two other checking points), it looks like you can generally expect 20-30cm and upwards on the slopes this morning.

That sounds good to me. And there's more coming in.

There's a fair few upper lifts and courses around the valley being affected by the weather conditions this morning and information is changing as I write this. And admittedly confusing me in the process. So in the interest of getting the report online sooner than later - and also not wanting to put out incorrect and quickly outdated info - I'm going to avoid specific lift info. So just the snow depth data updated this morning below.

If you are in Hakuba and planning on being out this morning please check with official resort info sources to see what is and isn't open.

Snow is forecast to continue through into the weekend.

With poor visibility and this sudden increase in snow, do take extra care in these conditions.


About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.


Ski resort information on Wednesday 24th January 2018 (at time of writing):

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 360cm
- Usagidaira: 225cm
- Lower: 115cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 300cm
- Toomi: 110cm
- Iimori: 60cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 80cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 300cm
- Han-no-ki: 295cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 270cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 150cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 110cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 295cm
- Base: 195cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Top: 200cm
- Base: 120cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 195cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 160cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- 115cm


Night time skiing (nighta) at resorts in the region - weather & conditions permitting
The below 'nighta' information will not be updated every day - please check with resorts if you plan to go!

Hakuba Happo-one
Daily from 5pm until 9pm in the Nakiyama 2 area
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6pm until 9:30pm in the Toomi area until 31st March
The Sky Four quad operates daily; the Number 2 pair mostly on Saturdays and holidays
Adults - 1,900 yen; children - 850 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5pm until 8pm (until 9pm on Saturdays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Kane-no-naru-oka area from 6pm until 8:50pm on 3rd, 10th, 11th February
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6pm until 9pm on 27th January; 10th, 11th, 17th February; 3rd, 10th March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

There are no other nighta operations at other ski resorts in the region

Archive report: Posted at 8:29am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Various lifts affected by current conditions - check with resorts for updates

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*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
24th January 24cm 16cm 5cm
23rd January 16cm 11cm 0cm
22nd January 3cm 10cm 0cm
21st January 0cm 17cm 15cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 38cm
19th January 0cm 5cm 9cm
18th January 0cm 0cm 16cm
Previous 7 days total 43cm 59cm 83cm
Previous 14 days total 84cm 210cm 97cm
November observed snowfall total 47cm 1cm 10cm
December observed snowfall total 158cm 64cm 54cm
January observed snowfall total 138cm 242cm 138cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 82cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 35cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 2cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 343cm 527cm 321cm
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