Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 29th April 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:25am on Friday 29th April 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 10:25am on Friday 29th April 2011
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There's a lot of cloud hanging around this morning but above the open runs on the resorts and so visibility out there remains good. Some blue sky on show every now and again as the clouds move around quickly. Decent conditions on the forecast though so perhaps it will clear up as the day progresses.

Not a particularly warm morning but tomorrow and Sunday looks like we will see a return of some warmer temperatures with it warming up to close on 20 degrees in the village. Looks like there is a chance of rain on Sunday so perhaps tomorrow is the pick of the weekend.

We are into the last stretch now for the resorts that remain open in Hakuba. Snow is thin on the ground on the lower slopes of Goryu but you can still ski down to the base both there and at Hakuba 47. At Tsugaike only the top runs are now open, but the Ropeway is now open. See the latest updated info below.

Official snow depths and operations @ Friday 29th April AM:

Hakuba Goryu:
The upper slopes at Goryu plan to be open until 8th May.
The Gondola and Alps No3 pair lifts are operating.
The Alps No1 pair will also be open from 29th April until 8th May.
Top to bottom skiing still ok, but snow thin on the ground on lower slopes.
The Champion Expert course is now closed.
Alps daira - 165cm.

Hakuba 47:
All lifts except Line D lift operating.
47 plans to be open until 5th May.
Top to bottom skiing still ok, resort reporting 80% of slopes remaining open (as of Friday 29th April).
Snow depth (upper) - 95cm

The Gondola, Grad Quad, Alpen Quad, Kurobishi No2 quad, Kurobishi No3 pair, Skyline No2 pair and Panorama pair lifts are operating and the upper slopes will be open until 5th May. All of the lower lifts are now closed for the season - you need to take the Gondola down to the base at the end of the day. Course areas open are: Riesen Grad, Kurobishi, Usagidaira and Panorama.
Usagidaira/Kurobishi - 110cm

Tsugaike Kogen:
The Gondola as well as the Tsuga No2 pair and Han-no-ki high speed pair lifts in the upper area of the resort are operating. It seems that the Ropeway is also moving for this last stretch of the season. Tsugaike plans to be open until 5th May. Only the upper slopes are now open.
Snow depth upper - 200cm

Hakuba Iwatake, Hakuba Sanosaka, Cortina and Hakuba Minekata are now all closed for the season.

Archive report: Posted at 10:25am on Friday 29th April 2011
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