[Post courtesy of Hakuba.com]
Bring On the Snow!
The season has begun!! A nice storm rolled in, dumping 25cm in the village and lots of fresh powder at higher elevations on Thursday. Cortina, the powder capital of the valley, received a nice dump of 40cm at the base and 70-80cm on the mountain. Several of the resorts were able to open with limited terrain access. The rest of the resorts are set to open in the coming days. On Monday, another 10cm fell in the Happo-One village with more falling at higher elevations.
Hakuba Cortina: Base: 65cm | Top: 95cm (*Tuesday, December 18)
Cortina drew large numbers over the weekend as the conditions there were best in the valley. After a second dumping Monday night, Cortina opened two lifts and the following four courses:
- – Ikenota
- – Hieda Forest
- – Mt Hieda 1
- – Itadaira
Happo-One: Base 20cm | Top: 65cm
Happo-One, the largest resort in the valley, guaranteed skiing by December 15th after purchasing a set of new snow makers in late November. However, as their deadline approached they, recanted and changed the 15th deadline to “sight-seeing only”. Luckily with the dumping last Thursday, Happo was able to open two lifts and one course on Saturday.
- – Adam Gondola
- – Riesen quad
Other Resorts: Hakuba 47, Goryu, and Iwatake all operated Tuesday with limited terrain and lifts.
Find the original post here: Hakuba Snow Update December 18th