Hakuba Snow Report: 16 February 2012

Well things warmed up on Tuesday and this saw icey conditions up top, with wet conditions down low on both Tuesday and Wednesday. This didn’t make for the most pleasant skiing and after hitting the park on Tuesday, I decided to have yesterday off.

Today it felt noticeably cooler than the past couple of days and the small amount of snow that fell last night was much fluffier than the previous couple of days. The snowfall of the morning turned to sunshine during the day, with little wind to be found at Iwatake, where I decided to ride today.

With the sun showing itself during the day it did warm up on the slopes and I estimate it would have been about 2C at the bottom of Iwatake. There was a noticeable change in snow quality from about halfway down the mountain, therefore we spent most of our day up the top half.

With the snowfalls last night there were a few fresh lines to be had, and with not many crowds about it was till possible to get fresh lines up until about lunchtime. It wasn’t bottomless powder, but the fresh snow still made for fun riding.

The forecast for the next few days hopefully looks like snow, with the heaviest around Friday night. Fingers crossed for a few powder days to take us into the weekend and next week.

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