Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 25th February 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 25th February 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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Thin cloud, overcast for the moment, clearing up?
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This report
Monday 25th February 2019, 8:32am
Sunday 24th February 2019, 8:33am 0cm
Saturday 23rd February 2019, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 22nd February 2019, 8:31am 0cm
Thursday 21st February 2019, 8:44am 0cm
Wednesday 20th February 2019, 8:37am 0cm
Tuesday 19th February 2019, 8:37am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 13cm
Current month (February 2019) total: 33cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 352cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 25th February 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

It's another Monday morning so we're back to a normal weekday after another busy weekend. I have a few Japanese friends who live in Tokyo and they always say that the last weekend of February is their last ski of the season - they start to concentrate on other things once it gets into March. My mind is still on the snow until early May (I have to write about it every day until then!) so there's still a long way to go. Will we get decent snow in March? Will ski resorts make it to May as planned if we don't? Lots of questions.

This morning there is quite a lot of thin high cloud around with a bit of an overcast feel, but it is quite bright and I suspect that we will have another fine day of weather and rather warm conditions after a chilly start... again, it might creep up to close on 10 degrees in town this afternoon. This should be the peak of this particular bump with tomorrow due to be colder. There's a mix of stuff on the forecast including the chance of rain low down and snow up top around Thursday. A fresh layer of snow would be most welcome. It's all going to be about how cold it can get. As I have noted before, and you can see with the previous season stats, March has been known to deliver us some very pleasing conditions. That's what we all want.


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Ski resort information on Monday 25th February 2019:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report.
All ski resorts in the area are currently open. Any further resort specific notes made below.

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 250cm
- Usagidaira: 160cm
- Nakiyama: 90cm


Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 265cm
- Toomi: 140cm
- Iimori: 100cm


Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 260cm
- Base: 110cm


Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 255cm
- Maruyama: 135cm
- Shirakaba: 220cm
- Champion: 130cm
- Oya-no-hara: 140cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 120cm


Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 155cm


Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 190cm
- Village Side: 90cm


Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 205cm


Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 100cm
- Base: 50cm


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 5:00pm until 9:00pm in the Nakiyama base area (Nakiyama Number 2 pair lift)
Adults - 2,000 yen; children - 1,200 yen

Hakuba Goryu
Daily from 6:00pm 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 - 2,000 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Hakuba Cortina
Daily from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (until 9:00pm on Saturdays and certain holidays)
Adults - 1,500 yen; children - 1,000 yen

Tsugaike Kogen
Karamatsu Shirakaba area from 6:00pm until 9:00pm on 2nd March
Adults - 2,200 yen; children - 1,700 yen

Archive report: Posted at 8:32am on Monday 25th February 2019
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski hills in the area should be opening as planned

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th February 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Monday 25th February 2019
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th February 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
*as of Monday 25th February 2019
25th February 0cm 1cm 0cm
24th February 0cm 3cm 7cm
23rd February 0cm 0cm 1cm
22nd February 0cm 0cm 0cm
21st February 0cm 3cm 16cm
20th February 0cm 0cm 19cm
19th February 0cm 0cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 0cm 7cm 47cm
Previous 14 days total 13cm 61cm 72cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 47cm 1cm
December observed snowfall total 112cm 158cm 64cm
January observed snowfall total 207cm 202cm 242cm
February observed snowfall total 33cm 103cm 151cm
March observed snowfall total - 17cm 65cm
April observed snowfall total - 20cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 352cm 547cm 527cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 25th February 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
- - -
2017/2018 season - 47cm
2016/2017 season - 1cm
2015/2016 season - 10cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season - 35cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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