Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Monday 31st December 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:48am on Monday 31st December 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud, blue sky, some sun
Base temp:
-5°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Light NNW
visibility condition
Varied, improving
This report
Monday 31st December 2018, 8:48am
3cm
Sunday 30th December 2018, 8:32am 5cm
Saturday 29th December 2018, 9:25am 16cm
Friday 28th December 2018, 8:37am 16cm
Thursday 27th December 2018, 8:35am 0cm
Wednesday 26th December 2018, 8:36am 0cm
Tuesday 25th December 2018, 8:45am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 86cm
Current month (December 2018) total: 112cm
2018/2019 season so far total: 112cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:48am on Monday 31st December 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

Ah, the last day of the year.

I have 3cm of fresh snow to report on the ground and here is what the resorts are saying:

Cortina: 2cm
Iwatake: 10cm
Happo-one: 5cm
Hakuba 47: 5cm
Hakuba Goryu: 5cm

There are light snow clouds over the mountains but clearer looking over towards the east.

All base areas of Happo-one are now open.

The sun is trying to break through now in places and we can expect some sunshine tomorrow too, but the snow clouds will be back over us and hopefully delivering by Wednesday.

Have yourself and fun and safe New Years Eve.

Oh yes, just one thing...

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Some people have mentioned the observed snowfall numbers for Hakuba not being as large as other areas. And that may well be true - Hakuba village level often does not get dumped on as much as some other base areas. (And only someone outright lying can try to tell you otherwise). But Hakuba does have great vertical and more snow does fall on the mountain - as I report to you every day within the reports when such information is available. And that's where you ski or board, right?

I can only report to you what I observe. We are not here to mislead and tell porkies. In fact, we're kind of here to do the opposite of that.

But do not worry: now that resorts are mostly open with enough snow and we get regular quality snow on the mountains, you can look forward to some very fine Hakuba conditions. :)

As we have said many times, it is best not to just look at the headline numbers and/or compare the different regional reports like-for-like, as each region has it's own particular story and circumstance.

I will expand on this particular point in a bit more detail in a report sometime in the coming week or so.

Also...

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A message from SnowJapan

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We have already received many entries for the prize draw. Good luck to everyone who has entered.

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One thing that comes across is how much our website means to so many people out there. We can of course always see the large website traffic statistics, but in the end, they are just numbers. Comments and words of encouragement from real people make it all that much more... real. At times the volume of things that need to be done can get to feel somewhat overwhelming, so it is nice to hear the support.

Hopefully, one thing that comes across to people who know our site is the love, care and enthusiasm that we put into it. We are going to keep on (stubbornly!) doing what we are doing, always trying to improve and move forward.

Many of you have asked how you can help support us. The easiest way to help is to simply spread the word about the site - just let other people know about SnowJapan.com. Whether it’s a post on social media, a link on your website, in conversation or whatever. And please don’t forget to mention SnowJapan if you contact any of the accommodations or other businesses that you find on our site. It all goes towards helping us.

Thank you again. And Happy New Year!

May 2019 be particularly snowy one.

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Ski resort information on Monday 31st December 2018:
The below info is checked manually each morning and believed to be correct at time of report

Hakuba Happo-one

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 145cm
- Usagidaira: 100cm
- Nakiyama: 45cm

Lifts:
- Most lifts are now normally operating
-

Courses:
- All areas apart from the Riesen Grat, Urakuro, Omusubi and Nakiyama Wall areas are now available
- All base areas are now available

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Hakuba Goryu

Official snow depth:
- Top: 150cm
- Toomi: 65cm
- Iimori: 50cm

Lifts:
- All lifts are now operating

Courses:
- All of the top area is open (apart from Champion Expert)
- The lower Toomi, Soft Cream, Merry Land and Powder Snow areas are open

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Hakuba 47

Official snow depth:
- Top: 125cm
- Base: 35cm

Lifts:
- All lifts are now operating

Courses:
- All main courses now available
- Freedom, R6 Beginners Park and Tree Riding Zones are not currently open

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Tsugaike Kogen

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 145cm
- Han-no-ki: 140cm
- Maruyama: 50cm
- Shirakaba: 85cm
- Champion: 80cm
- Oya-no-hara: 65cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 60cm

Lifts:
- Most lifts now operating

Courses:
- All courses apart from Uma-no-se are open
- Kano-no-naru-oka Number 2 and Champion part open

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Hakuba Cortina

Official snow depth:
- Top: 175cm
- Base: 120cm

Lifts:
- All lifts are now operating
- Nighta until 9:00pm on Ikenota

Courses:
- All courses apart from Itadaira Ridge are open

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Official snow depth:
- Mountain Side: 100cm
- Village Side: 40cm

Courses:
- The South, View C, North, East and View D courses on Mountain Side are open
- Part of the Sunny Valley, by1 and by2 courses on the Village Side are open

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Official snow depth:
- 150cm

Lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 7 are operating

Courses:
- Almost all courses are open

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Official snow depth:
- 70cm

Lifts:
- All lifts apart from Number 8 and 10 are operating

Courses:
- Most courses are now open

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Official snow depth:
- Top: 60cm
- Base: 30cm

Lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Archive report: Posted at 8:48am on Monday 31st December 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

Most areas are now open - see above

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 31st December 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Monday 31st December 2018
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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 31st December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Hakuba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2018/2019
*as of Monday 31st December 2018
2017/2018
Season
2016/2017
Season
31st December 3cm 0cm 0cm
30th December 5cm 0cm 7cm
29th December 16cm 2cm 0cm
28th December 16cm 24cm 11cm
27th December 0cm 32cm 0cm
26th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
25th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 40cm 60cm 18cm
Previous 14 days total 86cm 67cm 27cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 47cm 1cm
December observed snowfall total 112cm 158cm 64cm
January observed snowfall total - 202cm 242cm
February observed snowfall total - 103cm 151cm
March observed snowfall total - 17cm 65cm
April observed snowfall total - 20cm 4cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 112cm 547cm 527cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 31st December 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - 0cm
[0cm]
112cm
[112cm]
- - - - -
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
158cm
[205cm]
202cm
[407cm]
103cm
[510cm]
17cm
[527cm]
20cm
[547cm]
0cm
[547cm]
2016/2017 season - 1cm
[1cm]
64cm
[65cm]
242cm
[307cm]
151cm
[458cm]
65cm
[523cm]
4cm
[527cm]
0cm
[527cm]
2015/2016 season - 10cm
[10cm]
54cm
[64cm]
138cm
[202cm]
82cm
[284cm]
35cm
[319cm]
2cm
[321cm]
0cm
[321cm]
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
276cm
[276cm]
126cm
[402cm]
105cm
[507cm]
111cm
[618cm]
1cm
[619cm]
0cm
[619cm]
2013/2014 season - 35cm
[35cm]
122cm
[157cm]
97cm
[254cm]
91cm
[345cm]
70cm
[415cm]
8cm
[423cm]
0cm
[423cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
47cm
[47cm]
185cm
[232cm]
149cm
[381cm]
168cm
[549cm]
10cm
[559cm]
6cm
[565cm]
0cm
[565cm]
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