Hakuba Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Hakuba Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Hakuba (Nagano), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:52am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly high cloud cover
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Ever so slight
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:52am
3cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:53am 5cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 8:44am 34cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:39am 1cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:10am 1cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:51am 0cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 8:44am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 109cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 44cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 249cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Hakuba.

It is a very cold start to the day here. My thermometer outside saying -8C.

There's a light covering of snow on the ground though some places reporting none - and just a bit being reported by the resorts that I can find:

Hakuba Happo-one: 5cm (top of Gondola)
Hakuba Cortina 3cm (base and top)

Nice and cold, snow conditions should be great this morning. And things seem to be calm too. Just wrap up well.

Perhaps a little snow tomorrow but looking at the forecast it looks like we are down for some heavy snow again early in the week. Sounds good to me (though the rain that is currently shown on the forecast to be with us Monday before the snow appears sounds much less appealing!!)

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is a re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

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Ski resort opening status on Friday 5th January 2018:

Hakuba Happo-one

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating

Courses open:
- All course are now open
- Only the Kurobishi Off-Piste Area remains closed

Official snow depth:
- Kurobishi: 280cm
- Usagidaira: 145cm
- Lower: 95cm

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Hakuba Goryu

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating as planned

Courses open:
- All courses are open (Adventure after safety checks)

Official snow depth:
- Top: 290cm
- Toomi: 120cm
- Iimori: 65cm

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Hakuba 47

Operating lifts:
- All lifts are operating (apart from Line D - which usually only operates when the Gondola is closed)

Courses open:
- All courses available
- The Tree Riding Zone is now open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 250cm
- Base: 95cm

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Tsugaike Kogen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Kane-no-naru-oka Skyliner I operating

Courses open:
- All course areas are open

Official snow depth:
- Tsuga-no-mori: 260cm
- Han-no-ki: 260cm
- Maruyama: 110cm
- Shirakaba: 230cm
- Oya-no-hara: 130cm
- Kane-no-naru-oka: 125cm

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Hakuba Cortina

Operating lifts:
- All lifts operating

Courses open:
- All courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 316cm
- Base: 185cm

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Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field

Operating lifts:
- Most lifts are operating with most courses open

Official snow depth:
- Top: 170cm
- Base: 90cm

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Hakuba Norikura Onsen

Operating lifts:
- All lifts apart from Alps Number 7 are operating

Official snow depth:
- 250cm

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Hakuba Valley Kashimayari

Operating lifts:
- Number 1, 2, 3, 5, 6 and 7 lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 140cm

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Hakuba Sanosaka

Operating lifts:
- All three lifts are operating

Official snow depth:
- 110cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:52am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Hakuba Now report can be found here

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Hakuba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 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)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 3cm 1cm 0cm
4th January 5cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 34cm 2cm 0cm
2nd January 1cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 1cm 2cm 12cm
31st December 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th December 0cm 7cm 1cm
Previous 7 days total 44cm 12cm 13cm
Previous 14 days total 109cm 29cm 39cm
November observed snowfall total 47cm 1cm 10cm
December observed snowfall total 158cm 64cm 54cm
January observed snowfall total 44cm 242cm 138cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 82cm
March observed snowfall total - 65cm 35cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 2cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 249cm 527cm 321cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
158cm
[205cm]
44cm
[249cm]
- - - -
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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