Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 24th March 2012

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:16pm on Saturday 24th March 2012
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, rain > snow
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Top temp:
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Precipitation Wind Visibility
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wind condition
NW to W Light breeze
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Archive report: Posted at 3:16pm on Saturday 24th March 2012
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Greetings from Hakuba. It has been a grey morning with light rain to start the day - pretty warm temperature around 4 to 5 in the valley this morning. The good news though is that it is turning into snow this afternoon along with temperatures dropping to 1 to 3C in the valley, and -2 to -5C on mountains. Freezing Level is around 500m and will be on it's way down to around 250m by Monday night.

Wind is a bit breezy from NW to W. Because of the strong gusty wind from two days ago, some of the wind meters were destroyed in Hakuba, so we are having a bit hard time to get detailed wind report.

Avalanche danger is high today. Because of the recent rainfall, there are many cracks and instability on layers. Touring backcountry areas is not recommended.

Once the snowfall gets into it's groove today, it seems like it will keep snowing until Monday night or maybe through into Tuesday, so early next week sounds like it should be a fine time to hit the slopes.

Stay safe out there and have fun!

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Official snow depths and operations @ Saturday 24th March 2012 AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
No new snowfall at Goryu this morning. All lifts and runs scheduled to be open today.
Official snow depths:
Alps daira - 250cm;
Toomi - 130cm;
Iimori - 110cm

Hakuba 47:
2cm of new snowfall reported by 47 this morning. All courses open, all lifts except Line D operating.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 224cm
Lower - 140cm

Happo-one:
Ski lifts/courses:
All lifts apart from Happo No1 and Central pair operating.
Official snow depth:
Usagidaira - 200cm;
Sakka - 70cm;
Nakiyama - 70cm.

Tsugaike Kogen:
Official snow depth:
Upper slopes - 270cm
Champion - 190cm

Hakuba Cortina:
No new fresh snowfall at Cortina this morning. All planned lifts and most courses open. No5 and No7 lifts now closed.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 330cm
Lower - 200cm

Hakuba Norikura:
Official snow depth:
150cm

Hakuba Iwatake:
Village Side (lower slopes) plan to be open until 1st April (upper slopes open well beyond that date).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 155cm
Lower - 55cm

Hakuba Sanosaka:
125cm

Hakuba Minekata:
Now closed for the season

Archive report: Posted at 3:16pm on Saturday 24th March 2012
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