Hakuba Snow Report – 18th Feb 2012

Weather conditions: Cloud, snow
New snowfall: 10-15 cm (village)
Snow depth: 150cm (Village); 335cm (Top of Goryu)
Snow! Good morning from a Hakuba that has received a decent layer of new snow (10-15cm lower down) and in places considerably more. Check out the numbers from Cortina again who continue to impress with a whopping 65cm of fresh snow being reported by that resort in places – unfortunately at the time of writing many of the fun courses over there are not open but that may change later on (check with the resort if you are keen).

It was snowing earlier on this morning still but has eased off somewhat now in lower areas. It’s a very cold -6 degrees at base today and considerably colder up top as well, so you’ll need to be wrapped up good. Visibility isn’t too bad looking round the resorts considering the conditions and while there’s always the chance of some wind causing problems with issues, things seem pretty smooth at the moment. Goryu delayed the opening of their Gondola and top lifts but they are moving now.

Those sticking around for tomorrow should be in for a treat as it looks like we can expect bright and sunny skies so it will be a real contrast with today. Actually it looks like we will see a few days of clear conditions and then warmer temperatures come Wednesday and Thursday.

Have fun if you go to the Happo Fire Festival tonight (details posted yesterday). And indeed, if you don’t too!