Hakuba Snow Report – 31st Jan 2012

Weather conditions: Snow, cloud
New snowfall: 7 cm (village), 20 cm (Goryu)
Snow depth: 120cm (Village); 275cm (Top of Goryu)
With snow falling at around 3cm per hour, this morning we have been greeted with about 7cm of freshies down in the village. Snow should remain steady throughout the day easing up into the night. Yesterday we had clearings and experienced some sun and beautiful blue skies into mid day as well. It was a great reminder that the sun is still out there behind all this snow and cloud, especially as we were/are expecting consistent snowfall until Friday.

10-30cm of new snow has been reported on the resorts in Hakuba rejuvenating the piste once again for skiing and riding. Temperatures will be between -4 C and -7 C with a wind chill making it feel like -11 C. Winds will blow in from the W and SW and will be gentle breezes of 4m/s in the morning and reducing to light winds in the afternoon. Freezing level will remain well below the valley level.

Snow accumulation will taper in the evening but will pick up as we meet with February. We should see clearings by Friday with freezing levels rising to the valley.

Tomorrow, in particular, it is looking likely that there will be strong winds which may affect resort operations in the region so you’ll need to keep an eye on that for tomorrow morning.

Please remember to ski and ride with care and respect the resort rules and regulations.