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, 17 January 2013: Sunny day in Hakuba

Apologies for a lack of reporting thus far this season as both of our Hakuba snow & ski correspondents have recently gone MIA.

The current temperature in Hakuba (Happo-one) is -4 degrees with 10cm fresh snow reported overnight. Snow is compacted so make sure your edges are sharp. There is some wind about today running about 2m/s. There has been some light snow with further snow showers expected. The sun is shining brightly and vision is good.

Sunny day at Hakuba Happo-one

Sunny day at Hakuba Happo-one

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

Happo-one – 190cm
Tsugaike – 260cm
Goryu – 270cm
Hakuba 47 – 210cm
Iwatake – 140cm
Kashimayari – 120cm
Norikura – 160cm
Cortina – 280cm

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Hakuba ski report 11 Dec. Ripping start to the 12/13 Hakuba ski season.

What can we say? It’s been a ripping start to the Hakuba ski season with plenty of the white stuff and reports of knee deep powder runs this morning. The base is settling so better to stay away from potential hazards and vegetation for now.  A huge cold front continuing in will make for a big December.

Looking good at the top of Tsugaike this morning.

Hakuba Tsugaike Kogen

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

  • Happo-one – 2o0cm
  • Tsugaike – 240cm
  • Goryu – 175cm
  • Hakuba 47 – 135cm
  • Iwatake – 120cm
  • Kashimayari – 75cm
  • Norikura – 130cm
  • Cortina – 160cm

Hakuba Snow Report – 10 December 2012

Hi all,

Sorry but we are a bit slow getting off the mark with this year’s Hakuba Snow Report. This was the scene in Hakuba Cortina today who are kicking off their season this weekend. Fabulous start to the season with over a metre of falls in the last few days.

Hakuba Cortina - Green Plaza Hotel

We’ll be back with a round up with all the resort news soon!

Last Hakuba Snow Report of the Season

Well, we’ve decided to close the Hakuba Snow Report out this weekend. Not that that’s any reflection of the snow quality in Hakuba. The weather in Hakuba is unreal – almost like February at times. Just check out the Hakuba ski video below.

We’ll be updating occasionally over the off season with videos and pics from this season so if you have one you’d like to contribute please do so on our Facebook page. Otherwise see you all next season in Hakuba! You can start booking youraccommodation in Hakuba here

Current snow depths and resort openings in Hakuba. *Special thanks to Snow Navi and Smitty for all their help this year!

Happo-one 230cm (upper slopes open until Golden Week/early may)
Tsugaike 345cm (upper slopes open until Golden Week/early may)
Goryu 280cm (upper slopes open until Golden Week/early may)
Hakuba 47 234cm (current plan is to stay open until Golden Week/early may)
Iwatake – closed
Norikura – closed
Cortina – closed
Kashimayari – closed
Sanosaka – closed

Hakuba Snow Report: April snow / Hakuba closing dates

April Fools Day – but it’s no joke – it’s snowing again!

Despite still having great bases today is the last day of the season at Cortina, Norikura, Iwatake and Sanosaka. Minekata and Kashimayari are already closed. Happo-one and 47 are closing several lifts but hope to keep some areas open till Golden Week. At Goryu, Iimori closes today, Toomi area is open until next Sunday 8th April but the upper slopes will hopefully stay open until Golden Week (early May). Tsugaike Kogen also hopes to stay open until Golden week.

This was the scene in Hakuba Cortina this morning. Yet they close the season out at 5pm today with a 3.6 metre base in place!

This is what was happening earlier this week in Hakuba. Incredible! Thanks to the crew from Hakuba Powder Lodge.

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

Happo-one 260cm
Tsugaike 290cm
Goryu 275cm
Hakuba 47 246cm
Iwatake – closed
Norikura – closed
Cortina – closed
Kashimayari – closed

Hakuba Snow Report: Good base, firm snow

After a huge dump earlier this week (maybe best of the season!) there’s been a couple of warm days in Hakuba with no snow to speak of as the end game looms here for many resorts. There is a still a very good base at most Hakuba resorts (see below) and the on-piste snow varies between corn, groomed and a bit slushy. Off to the sides there’s some great pillow lines still to slay. The even better part is that the slopes are empty and there are many discount ski tickets to be found – starting at 2,500 a day in both Iwatake and Tsugaike Kogen.

This was the scene in Happo today.

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

Happo-one 260cm
Tsugaike 300cm
Goryu 285cm
Hakuba 47 240cm
Iwatake 200cm
Norikura 140cm
Cortina 355cm
Kashimayari 165cm

Hakuba Snow Report: The season is not done yet

he season has started to wind down a bit in Hakuba but that is no reflection on the amount of snow around. There has been a bit of rain (plus a lot of wind!) about and that has added to the danger/instability in the backcountry so people are advised to stay well clear for now. Despite that Hakuba has got another wave of freshies coming through that will probably last at least a couple of days.

Our Hakuba Snow Reports will continue to taper off between now and the end of the season – which may possibly last through till May in some places.

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

Happo-one 200cm
Tsugaike 270cm
Goryu 250cm
Hakuba 47 220cm
Iwatake 155cm
Norikura 150cm
Cortina 340cm
Kashimayari 165cm

For something different here’s a bit of snowmobiling in Hakuba

Hakuba Snow Report: Lots of the fresh stuff today!

Been some good falls since the last report with some Hakuba resorts reporting increased base of up to 30cm. It was fairly bright start to the morning but clouds have been coming in gradually. Fairly busy today with the national holiday and many Tokyoites and others taking the opportunity for a spring ski in Hakuba. More snowfall probably coming later this week and/or on the weekend. Snow condition is good with nice groomers and soft stuff on the sides.

Here’s a nice Hakuba powder snow video from Happo last week.

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

Happo-one 220cm
Tsugaike 295cm
Goryu 265cm
Hakuba 47 246cm
Iwatake 160cm
Norikura 170cm
Cortina 320cm
Kashimayari 190cm