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Hakuba Photo Journal – Late December 2019

It’s been a slower December than usual across Japan in terms of snowfall, but there have been plenty of moments worth capturing. While we haven’t seen consistent snowfall to have all lifts running in Hakuba, the upper mountain has seen some cracking powder days. 

Hakuba is not only known for its snowfall, Hakuba’s après atmosphere is also one of its main draw cards and we’ve seen that in full swing in December with Christmas celebrations. 

Check out what Hakuba has delivered in December through the eyes of our photographer. It’s set to get a whole lot better too with Mountainwatch’s meteorologist The Grasshopper calling for above average snowfalls through January and February. 

 

21st December 

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The groomers were the top pick on this day and everyone was on there way up to get amongst it at Happo-one.
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Both skiers and snowboarders were enjoying the upper slopes of Happo-one.

 

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Stunning views across the valley to Hakuba47 from Happo-one.

 

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Sending out the year in style at Happo-one.

22nd December

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Everyone was in the Christmas spirit for the Happo Santa Pub Crawl. First stop – The Lab.

 

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A huge turnout showed up at The Lab for their first party of the season, and there will be plenty more to come.
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Santas were set free into the streets of Happo as they rolled onto the next stop.
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Jack’s Sports Bar was the second stop, before making their way to Blizzard for the final stop.

23rd December

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If you’re after a traditional Japanese dining experience, Sharaku Restaurant is a must visit.

 

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Liquid Snow Tours staff eagerly waiting for their Sukiyaki to be prepared.

 

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Master Chef Karaki preparing the traditional Sukiyaki. 

 

25th December

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Christmas Day in Happo’s backcountry. After recent snowfalls and a stunning bluebird day, conditions were perfect.

 

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Preparing for the descent.
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The crew were rewarded for their efforts with fresh tracks.

 

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Hakuba’s apres scene has been thriving during December. Musician Willy-O  providing the good vibes at Jack’s Sports Bar.
 

28th December

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Heading up early for fresh tracks at Tsugaike. Can’t beat bluebird skies after overnight snowfalls. Mountainwatch reporting 40cm+ in some areas of the valley.
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There were plenty of deep stashes to dive into at Tsugaike.
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Slashing turns in the Tsugaike backcountry.
As we wrap up 2019, the season is only looking up from here. With consistent snowfalls in the forecast over the next 7 days the season is set to really ramp up. It’s not too late to join us in one of the world’s best alpine destinations. Last minute ski packages start from as low as $976 including 7 nights, 5 day lift pass and daily breakfast. Click through below to see our latest packages. All our packages can be customised to suit you.

Photographs taken by Liquid Snow Tours’ photographer Oliver Godbold.

 

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