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: 20 Jan 2013. Light snow falling

Hakuba Snow Report

The Hakuba Snow Report comes from Norikura this morning where there is light snow falling on top of about 30cm new snowfall. It’s Childrens Day so kids under 12 get to ride free today.

Childrens Day at Hakuba Norikura

The snow has firmed and a little sloppy on-piste but still lots of soft and fluffy stuff on the side.

Snowboarding in Hakuba Norikura

A warning: Avalanche danger is ever present. Watch out for others, have the right equipment and know how to use it. Hakuba avalanche bulletins can be found here.

Update: Here’s a pic of the recent avi area in Hakuba Goryu which comes from the ski patrol blog (in Japanese)

Hakuba Goryu avalanche area

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

Happo-one – 200cm
Tsugaike – 200cm
Goryu – 290cm
Hakuba 47 – 220cm
Iwatake – 160cm
Kashimayari – 145cm
Norikura – 170cm
Cortina – 310cm

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Hakuba Snow Report: 11 February 2012

Just a quick report tonight.

Didn’t get out on to the slopes today, so unfortunately I have no pictures or first hand reports. However, there was another few  cm on the car this morning which hopefully meant plenty more on the hills. Reports around the lodge indicated that most of the resorts did have a good top up and that there were some good powder turns to be had.

Some reports going around of a big avalanche of Happo today, so if heading into the backcountry please know what you are doing, travel with competent partners and carry safety gear.

I’ll hopefully be heading into some mellow backcountry lines tomorrow, so I will try and take some pictures for tomorrow night’s update.

Be safe out there!

Hakuba Avalanche Info & Snow Report: 9th January 2012

Thanks to Hakuba Alpine Guides for this info.

For those traveling to Hakuba there is now a detailed and valuable Avalanche Bulletin.The summary information can be found here. The detailed report can be found by clicking on the summary heading and text, or the link that says “more here” (in Japanese). We believe that the bulletin will be available a minimum of three days a week – the weekends, midweek, and also public holidays. Starting soon, the bulletins will also be available in English. Anyone heading into the side country or backcountry should check this report. With future support, hopefully the bulletin will be available on every day of the week. The report currently shows considerable risk of avalanche above the tree line so be careful up there!

Now to the snow. Reasonably warm in Hakuba with not much new snow to talk of since this morning. Hopefully more on the way Wednesday.

Hakuba 47 196cm
Cortina 240cm
Happo-one 150cm
Tsugaike 200cm
Goryu 215cm
Iwatake 120cm
Norikura 175cm

Lee Lyon has been in Hakuba and this is a video from the weekend of him ripping it up. Enjoy!