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Hakuba Now

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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 9:02am on Monday 13th April 2020
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Monday 13th April 2020, 9:02am
0cm
Sunday 12th April 2020, 8:33am 0cm
Friday 10th April 2020, 7:27am 2cm
Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:10am 0cm
Wednesday 8th April 2020, 8:33am 0cm
Tuesday 7th April 2020, 9:11am 0cm
Monday 6th April 2020, 8:44am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 2cm
Last 14 reports (total): 3cm
Current month (August 2020) total: 0cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 223cm

General message from SnowJapan (added 20th April 2020):

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Original report:

Hello everyone.

Yesterday I spent some time writing lots of words as a season wrap-up. But I have decided to scrap that. I have written billions of words since November in my daily reports. Well, maybe not quite so many. They are all there. You can go read them at any time. They tell the story of the season.

So I am going to make this last post relatively short.

What a season it has been.

Alas, it has not been the amazing season that we all yearn for and has been punctuated by two major things going on - the low levels of snowfall and then the coronavirus.

From the viewpoint of covering the season by writing these reports every morning, it feels like it has been an ongoing struggle throughout the season. I imagine more than a few other people involved have similar feelings. So let me just say a big thank you and well done to all of the people working at the ski areas and related services and dealing with everything. I hope that you can get to have a rest.

Taking a look at the official snowfall data table below, Happo-one reported over 8m of snowfall and the other resorts reported around 6m of snowfall on their upper slopes. It has not been as consistent as we would have liked, but I have been able to enjoy some great days on the mountain. There have been periods of excellent conditions. I hope that if you did get to visit Hakuba this season you were able to enjoy good timing in terms of snow conditions and that you could enjoy getting to know this lovely place.

As always, there was much more snow on the mountain than down in base areas. But this year there was clearly less than we expect and some lower slopes have been really struggling throughout the season.

The snowfall situation has not been just a Hakuba thing - it has been a most-of-Japan thing. Everyone is hopeful that this season was just strangely abnormal and that we can get back to more like what we expect for 2020-2021.

And then came coronavirus. The first thing we noticed was a decrease in visitors from overseas around the Chinese New Year period. And then it just got more of a thing, leading up to the early closures of Happo-one and then the other ski areas a few days ago.

It is going to feel odd to not be writing Hakuba Now reports right through until the end of Golden Week in early May.

But sadly, not much feels normal right now.

Some things do remain constant though:

- the stunning beauty of Hakuba
- the very fine people of Hakuba
- Japan is ace

Like everyone else, I am so much looking forward to hearing brighter news regarding the virus and then hopefully we can have a normal 2020-2021 season with consistent snow and lots of happy smiles.

I choose to believe that.

Thank you for reading my reports this season and for following the season through all the ups and downs. You can re-visit the season at any time by reading the archive reports below.

I will be back with you in November.

For now, I am going to sign off with how I ended a report last week because it seemed fitting.

Take care.

Love Hakuba.

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Here is the final official snowfall data table of the season:

The information in this table is data reported by the ski resortsTOTAL ACCUMULATION (UPPER)
Hakuba 47556cm
Hakuba Cortina573cm
Hakuba Goryu623cm
Hakuba Happo-one 827cm


About the data in the above table

The table contains data that was published by individual ski resorts. The data shown is the amount of snowfall that the ski resorts themselves reported on the upper areas of their mountain. Unlike our own ‘observed snowfall’ data (which is observed from base areas), the data in the table is not an independent observation by SnowJapan. A more in-depth introduction and explanation can be found in this report

Also, note that Hakuba Cortina closed and then re-opened... some snowfall was not recorded during the closed period.

Look at the data as an interesting bit of additional information, rather than as a detailed scientific study!

Hakuba Now ski lift operation notes:

All ski areas in the Hakuba region are now closed

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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 13th April 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Hakuba Now reports up until Monday 13th April 2020
(View more analysis here)
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 13th April 2020
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 more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Monday 13th April 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
13th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
12th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
10th April 2cm 3cm 0cm
9th April 0cm 2cm 10cm
8th April 0cm 0cm 10cm
7th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
6th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 2cm 7cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 3cm 25cm 20cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 0cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 28cm 112cm 158cm
January observed snowfall total 70cm 207cm 202cm
February observed snowfall total 73cm 33cm 103cm
March observed snowfall total 46cm 47cm 17cm
April observed snowfall total 2cm 21cm 20cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 223cm 420cm 547cm
Hakuba Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 13th April 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Hakuba Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
28cm
[32cm]
70cm
[102cm]
73cm
[175cm]
46cm
[221cm]
2cm
[223cm]
-
2018/2019 season - 0cm
[0cm]
112cm
[112cm]
207cm
[319cm]
33cm
[352cm]
47cm
[399cm]
21cm
[420cm]
0cm
[420cm]
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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