1st snow in Hakuba

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  1. Lucky Pete

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    Wooohoooo visible snow from the train station high up. Colour change is marching down the mountains in places. For months I have called 1st lift access for mid Nov. Maybe I will be right :)
     
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    needs pics!
     
  3. Lucky Pete

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    Visibility is in and out due to typhoon, hopefully clearer tomorrow for some pics.
     
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    Ancient Japanese proverb.

    Snow in September something something beer
     
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    Yep ,want proof, no proof no believe ;)
     
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    ahhh not proof, just love looking and living vicariously when I'm not there.

    this time of the year is very exciting - the anticipation and the teasing of what's to come
     
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    Yes proof, this year was Hakuba , Next year Myoko :thumbs: bring it on :skier:
     
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    From the weather thread:
     
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    Maybe we could run a ski.com.au tipsters round each season? ;)

    I've heard dissenting opinions but my two bob is this:
    • Won't be any better than 2014/15
    • Won't be any worse than 2015/16
    Anything in between will be a good to excellent season
     
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    This time next year, I want to hear you say this:thumbs:
     ・Won't be any better than 2018/19
     
    ・Won't be any worse than 2015/16
     
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  11. Lucky Pete

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    LOTS of rain here last night so no snow pic today sorry guys but a sensational rainbow to wake up to.
     
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  12. Lucky Pete

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    Turned out to be an epic day.
     
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    Why do I automatically think "redrum" when I see this hotel? ;)
     
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  14. Lucky Pete

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    Photos couretsy of Hakuba Village FB page this morning.
     
  15. Lucky Pete

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    Was a little windy too
     
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    And is there any left now? It has really warmed up here, over at Madarao. Down in Iiyama today it was 32.
     
  17. Lucky Pete

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    Nope. Its been warm. Nagano was 30 yesterday and at 4pm Hakuba was still 22 :(

    On the upside the colour change is most of the way down now which is early. We are all ready to ride (except finishing off our new apartments lol)
     
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    Feeling like early Nov late this afternoon. Wind is up a little and temp is down and precip looks likely. Wont be a surprise if the peaks get snow tonight and over the weekend.

    We have about 500 Land Rovers in town this weekend to celebrate 70 years of manufacture. Could be a fun drive on the Iimori skijo. :)
     
  19. Lucky Pete

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    Nothing new to add as of this morning except its another exceptional mountain morning here in Hakuba. Hopefully get up into the mountains this afternoon for a quick hike from lunch time.
     
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    Lovely pic Pete.
     
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    Thanks MB, it's an awesome to wake up to. Our guests love it too :)

    Raining now and was pretty cold lunch time up the top of the ropeway at Tsugaike. Hopefully a snow pic tomorrow morning.

    FWIW Happo has or is just about to announce Nov 23 as opening day. Still hopeful for the week before :)
     
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    Nice to see what it looks like without snow, was a bit different when we were there in Jan :cool:
     
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  24. Lucky Pete

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    Heavy rain in the valley late this afternoon and peaking through the low clouds we are seeing snow up top!
     
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    Just curious, whats the temp down in the valley ?
     
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    Not entirely sure. It felt too warm yesterday afternoon for snow particularly as we had an electrical storm but obviously much colder up top. I think most of us were surprised to see white. We will be in low single digits at night soon though. It feels like a typical November some days now, others not which is to be expected.

    Cant see anything this morning due to low cloud cover, interested to see if we got any more but very little precip in the valley last night although light rain when I got home at 1130pm.
     
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    Hakuba weather station(703m) got down to 7.5 degrees this morning.
    Freeze level was probably around 2000m +
     
  28. Lucky Pete

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    Stunning day here. Lots of people in town and on the mountains. Quick ride on the Cub this morning to check out a property and then we rode over to Iwatake via the Matsukawa (see 3rd pic) and the gondy line up was well outside the building and ticket cue was about 30m at 1130am. Part of that was due to a MTB race but LOTS of non MTB people there. Bailed on that, did a few more kms and ended up eating lunch at my own place :) Great relaxed day in the valley, maybe one of the last for a few months. The next 4 weeks is very busy for us. Finishing off 2 new apartments and all that goes with that, furnishing a house we settle on tomorrow, getting Lucky Petes all ready for winter and a couple other things we have going on. Just need to focus but as soon as we get real snow that will be hard to do :)

     
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  29. Lucky Pete

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    Snow almost to the top of Happo this morning. #bringitonlikedonkeykong
     
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    And today's view - Froth factor 4.

     
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    STUNNING morning here in the valley. Cant wait until its white to the bottom!
     
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    Hopefully not long now until we see this stunning view.
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  34. Lucky Pete

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    Not long now Crispy although I'm starting to think my mid Nov call to be riding on resort may not happen :)
     
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    Awesome to wake up to this.... Hopefully it keeps up over the next few days.

     
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    Looking on its rain affected then some snow to follow should make for a nice pic then Pete ;)
     
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    Yeah raining this morning and a little warm this week sadly. This weekend looks a lot more promising though and there is a buzz in the valley that we might get a start.

    Its kind of funny that people are saying its late this year, only because we have been lucky in the last few years with early starts. Obviously I had hoped for that too but there is a silver lining.

    On the flip side its taken the pressure off a lot of us and we are getting more jobs completed than planned. Our new apartments are all but done and we got the Lucky Pete's Cafe and Bar building painted this week when it wasnt even on the radar to get done :) :)
     
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    Sadly a wet Melbourne cold day here. Forecast is dropping away to for the weekend. We were hopeful for maybe a Sunday or Monday start but next Wednesday is looking more likely but I have been wrong before..... :)
     
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    Light snow to the valley floor this morning, some coverage on upper parts of the resorts. Some local pundits are calling for lifts spinning tomorrow but I dont see that unless we get smashed late today and tonight and that looks unlikely. If nothing else we have been busy in the cafe/bar :)
     
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    Hey @Lucky Pete , just had a guy contact us. Staying in Happo One and hotel told them all the valley is closed. So he was hoping to come over our way. Any updates?
     
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    Nothing open as yet. :( Happo to their credit is trying hard and have been running their new snow guns flat out for a few days now. Looks like maybe Thurs for an opening but that's not a certainty for sure. The last storm was certainly better for others than us ....
     
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  42. Lucky Pete

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    Well its on. Fun turns through the valley this week and its nuking down now, tomorrow should be a ripper :)
     
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    Where are the pics???
     
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    Crazy how quick it happens aye.. . :)
     
  45. Lucky Pete

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    Its a switch...
     
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    Just wait till the boxing day switch
     
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    Hakuba this morning.

     
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    Nuking.
    See ya mid Feb