Hakuba Snow Report 27 Jan 2013: More snow and great conditions

Hakuba Snow Report for 27 January 2013.

There is great vision this morning after an early sunrise. There is 20cm fresh snow in the village on top of the approximately one metre or so that had fallen over the previous 48 hours. At Happo they are reporting that Nakiyama slopes have a depth of 160cm, Sakka has 160cm and Usagidaira 240cm. It’s cold today with temperatures between -4 and -10 degrees and a slight wind.

Weather report for Hakuba Happo-one

Getting on the lifts at Nakiyama, Happo-one

Meanwhile this is the view over in Hakuba Cortina this morning

Hakuba Cortina now report

The view at Hakuba Cortina this morning

Evergreen reports on Friday, “The morning of the 24th saw multiple loose avalanches on all aspects. There will be high hazard due to the new snow in the last 24 hours. Stay to safe and well supported terrain and remember that Hakuba is a terrain trap waiting to happen. Don’t be the one to get trapped. Never leave the ski area boundaries unless you know where you are going and have the proper equipment and training to save your friends and reduce the risk to yourself and friends.” Don’t forget to check the avalanche report!

Should be a few less people on the slopes today as the Aussies get over their Straya Day hangovers. 😉 Unfortunately there is some rain forecast for 1st February that may spoil the party so get and make the most of it for the next 2 or 3 days at least!

Current snow depths in Hakuba (thanks to Snow Navi):

Happo-one – 200cm
Tsugaike – 200cm
Goryu – 290cm
Hakuba 47 – 220cm
Iwatake – 200cm
Kashimayari – 170cm
Norikura – 175cm
Cortina – 360cm

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Hakuba Snow Report: Sunny day with some fresh snow

We’ve had some good falls since our last report (about 20-30cm) and that has continued through to this morning. Gorgeous bluebird afternoon with a low of -9 ° this morning and presently at our high of 3°

There are lots of people now heading out for the backcountry. Important! Avoid all avalanche terrain in both the alpine zone and at the tree line as there is high avalanche danger below the tree line and in off-piste areas. Natural and human triggered avalanches are quite certain.

Current snow depths in Hakuba (thanks to Snow Navi):

Happo-one 220cm
Tsugaike 285cm
Goryu 275cm
Hakuba 47 246cm
Iwatake 200cm
Norikura 180cm
Cortina 320cm
Kashimayari 190cm

Hakuba Snow Report: 10 February 2011

Apologies for no report yesterday, I had a big day on the slopes followed by farewell sake for the rest of my travelling group!

In short, yesterday was a lot of fun. I probably had about 3-5cm on my car in the valley, yet there was a good 10cm at the base of Hakuba 47 and about 20cm or so from the top of the gondola and higher (these are just observed measurements, not official and I wasn’t using a ruler). With very few people on the runs, this meant powder turns for a lot of the day. The new snow had mostly covered the ice, however lower areas of Goryu and through some of the steeper trees I still managed to scrape the ice base.

I have included a few pictures from the day. The picture with my glove and snow on the roof of my car shows how much fell at the base of Hakuba 47 between 8am and 3pm.

Today I awoke to more snow with about 3-4cm on my car. Didn’t get on to the slopes today, but I am assuming that conditions would have been similar to yesterday with the ice layer covered even more.

Forecast looks for snow to be tapering off over the weekend with the potential for rain on Monday (fingers crossed that doesn’t happen). At this stage the next storm cycle looks to begin around Tuesday/Wednesday next week.


Hakuba Snow Report: Sunday 05 February 2012

Quick update tonight, however we had a powder day this morning!

Woke up this morning to another few centimetres in the valley, with about 10-15cm at Hakuba 47/Goryu. Light snow was falling this morning, however the forecast was for a mostly bluebird day. We had first lines down at 47 which was a fun 15cm on top of a freshly groomed base – epic! The sun then poked its head out for the rest of the day which warmed up the south facing slopes, however there were still fun lines to be found in the trees.

I’ll upload some pictures with tomorrow’s update.

Unfortunately the forecast is calling for rain tomorrow in to Tuesday, but after that another snow storm looks to roll in. Bring on the pow days later in the week

Hakuba weather and snow report: Sat 4 December

Was looking good on the upper slopes at Happo-one just a few days ago. They still look pretty good actually. However today it turned quite murky – grey, cloudy and a bit of rain. Hopefully the temperatures are looking at a bit of a downturn from early next week which will bring some good falls – stay tuned!

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Some Hakuba runs opening November 26

Yesterday saw a good dump of snow with a foot or so on the higher slopes of Happo (check our Happo cam). Today the weather has warmed up a bit with occasional brief flurries of snowflakes. Despite the lack of good cover Hakuba 47 Line E and Goryu Alps Daira runs are opening tomorrow (26th) from 8:30am.

Unfortunately as you can see from the forecast there are some warmer days coming up and even some rain. So still at least a week or more from full opening.

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