Hakuba Snow Report: 13 February 2012

I spent the day in the backcountry yesterday and was absolutely exhausted last night , so i’ll do a wrap up of today and yesterday.

Yesterday:

Started out at Tsugaike on the 8am gondola and went into the backcountry from there. About 30cm + had fallen at an elevation of approximately 1650m asl, and while not supra light powder, still made for very pleasant riding. The morning consisted of snow, however this began cleaning mid morning and it was mostly clear from around lunch time. There was also little wind about and this was a stark contrast from Happo which we could across the valley and it appeared to have much stronger winds.

The sun warmed south facing slopes during the day and we saw no tracks on any of the larger north facing slopes. Normally this would be surprising for a Sunday, however I think everyone is still spooked after the big slide at Happo.

I have included some pictures below.

Today :

Woke up this morning to no snow in the valley, so decided to take the day off. Went for a bit of a walk around Hakuba and I put some pics up below of the valley and surrounding mountains. Temperatures remained fairly cool, however I would say they peaked around zero, or slightly above (in the valley). Snowing as I type this, but the snow is falling straight down, not the nice fluffy stuff we normally expect. Forecast is for temperatures to rise, but fingers crossed they remain cool enough for snow, even if it will be elephant snot.

Forecast after Wednesday is looking pretty good with heavy falls currently predicted for Friday. Fingers crossed the forecast holds.

Hakuba Snow Report: 22 January, 2012

Lunchtime Hakuba Snow Report

Quite mild and cloudy in the village today. No recent snow but some forecast for tomorrow. Snow is in good condition despite some warm days. Pic from today in Iwatake.

Temperature: Top of mountain -0.1°C / Hakuba Station 1.0C
Wind: South-West, 1.2m/s
Tomorrow’s forecast: Snow and cold

Current snow depths – thanks to Snow Navi.

Hakuba 47 185cm
Cortina 245cm
Happo-one 140cm
Tsugaike 215cm
Goryu 230cm
Iwatake 120cm
Norikura 160cm

Busy in Cortina this weekend (pic thanks to Cortina Facebook)

Hakuba Snow Report: 11 January, 2012

As I write this they’ve just turned the lights on for the night skiing. Been a fairly murky day in Hakuba with plenty of snow on and off the whole day. Around 20-25cm or so in the last 12-18 hours which has put some nice cover of pow over the top of the groomers. Reasonably clear at the bottom/middle (as can be seen from this afternoon’s shot at Iwatake) but foggier up top. Fairly cold with a -9C recording at the top of the lifts. Also very few crowds.

On Goryu (see pic below) they have a good base but the snow is inconsistent. At the top is either slow or fast and at the bottom it’s a bit heavy and flaky. Check out the snow consistency towards the end of the Hakuba snow video below

Hakuba snow base depths remain about the same as previous reports.

Sanosaka
110cm
Hakuba Iwatake
125cm
Hakuba Goryu
210cm
Happo-one
150cm
Hakuba47
195cm
Hakuba Minekata
70cm
Tsugaike Kogen
200cm
Kashimayari
135cm

Tomorrow (Thursday) should be a cracker for skiing with good hopes for a bluebird day and a nice fresh cover of Hakuba pow. So get to bed early and get into in the morning! Here’s a video from today courtesy of the Morino crew.

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