Mon 1st February

Overcast in Hakuba today with temperatures being mild and hovering just above freezing in the valley. Winds are calm in the valley this morning but Light from the North West on the resorts and could be changing in the afternoon to Easterlies as the low pressure to the south of Japan heads further out to the Pacific. There is no snow presently falling in Hakuba but this is forecasted to change by the evening when we could receive the start of a week long ‘Fuyugata’ winter storm. It will start slow and warm which hopefully will assist with the bonding of the new snow to past wind slab and exposed crust before winds and snow fall pick up on Tuesday afternoon to evening. There will be a short spell of clearing tomorrow that should allow for some nice turns in great visibility before the main storm.

Conditions on the ski areas have been hard packed and fast groomed on the southern aspects and soft groomed on the Northerly aspects. Visibility is good with possible flat light at times during the day.

Hakuba Goryu is presently reporting 315 cms of base at 1500 metres and -1*C with 2 m/s winds.

Get ready for more snow this week!

Weather conditions: Overcast
New snowfall: 0 cm
Snow depth: 200 cm (Goryu base) 315 cm (Goryu top)