Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 30th January 2003

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 30th January 2003
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Archive report: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 30th January 2003
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Would you believe it's still snowing, if anything heavier than yesterday! Very strong winds whipped up a maelstrom yesterday, with our first whiteout of the season at village level at around 3pm. It's funny when all you can see out of your windows is hazy white light. It's like being on an airliner in thick cloud.

The snow itself at village level is not so deep, with no more than 15cm on my car, but I would expect over double that on the hills. Distribution is bound to be uneven, and there'll be some very deep spots. Like the rest of Japan, it's very cold up here, so the snow quality is excellent. Very light powder.

Slope report coming next time.

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Update:

It's stopped snowing here now in the village.

Goryu reported 30cm of new snow up top today, while Happo chimed in with only 15cm. The Happo gondola wasn't moving first thing, so maybe the winds blew some of the snow off the hill.

HakubaNow spent the day up at Tsugaike. As a resort with wide slopes that aren't very steep, it's normally not the best place to be on a powder day. However this year Tsugaike is hosting the Double Black Diamond (DBD) Club, so we went to check it out. For those of you who don't know, the DBD Club is a scheme where resorts allow controlled access to certain offpiste areas. The club operated for two years at Hakuba Cortina, before moving to Hakuba Iwatake last year. This year, the club is only operating at Tsugaike and began with little fanfare 10 days ago.

To join the club, you have to attend a brief meeting with one of the patrollers, sign an agreement, and pay 1,000 yen. In return they give you a membership card and various discounts at the top restaurant. To ride in the club area, you hand in your card to the patrol and receive an armband to show you're a club member. You have hand this back in by 4pm. If you don't, the patrol assume you're missing and will commence a search.

The club area at Tsugaike is a wooded area at the top of the resort that opens up from a narrow entrance in the shape of a fan. The trees are quite tight in places near the top, but at around 25 degrees, it's not so steep. The relief map shows around 200m of vertical. Though considerably smaller than the areas that were used at Cortina, it's slightly larger than Iwatake's area, the snow is better, and the trees are tighter, making it more a bit more interesting. A winding beginner course at the bottom takes you back to the first of two lifts that take you back to the entrance.

The area wasn't open first thing today, but we got a couple of runs in later in the day. It was totally untracked with light pow that was at least knee deep. The terrain is a little tame for hardcore riders perhaps, but it's a lot better than everything else inbounds. If you're going to Tsugaike, by all means join up and give it a try. The patrol meetings are held at 9am at the top restaurant on Sat/Sun and some weekdays (confirm in advance).

Archive report: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 30th January 2003
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Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open. All lifts going at the weekends/on holidays.

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