March was incredible! The month began with thousands flocking to the Valley for 4 days of world class music and ended with a series of jaw-dropping spring powder days. It marked the second year in a row where March brought the goods. Check out our favorite shots below in our Hakuba photo journal recap of March.
Hakuba played host to the inaugural Snow Machine Music Festival which brought dozens of the most popular artists from Australia and Japan to the Japansese Alps for 4 days and nights of incredible music and dancing. Thousands from all over the world visited to catch their favorite acts including What So Not, Client Liaison, The Jungle Giants, Hot Dub Time Machine and many more. The main event stage was set in Happo Village with smaller stages set throughout the Valley.
Stages Throughout the Valley
While the main stage events were held every evening in Happo Village, there were spectacular daily shows across the valley at Happo One, Iwatake, and Hakuba 47. Thousands of festival goers were on the slopes every day enjoying the live performances in incredible locales.
Snow Machine ended on March 4th with an overnight storm bringing 10cm+ into the Valley for the first real accumulation of the month. The temps then rose over the next few days with a string of beautiful blue birds, a bit of rain, and lots of slushy spring skiing. It wasn’t until March 12th that we received another decent fall of 15 cm on resort.
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Mar 09 2020 07:30 AM: Ahhh, a glorious spring day on the way. We had nice cold temps overnight so a solid icy chunky start on any slope that got sloppy yesterday, however they will soften nicely and quickly under the morning sun. Anything that did not will be pretty sweet all day. While lower slopes have for sure completely fallen apart and are now back to grass and dirt, from about 1000m up cover and snow quality is still really good, so don't let first glance put you off, there's great riding to be had still at all resorts in the valley. Looking ahead, tomorrow is gonna be pretty drizzly by the looks, all the way to the top! PM temps cool so we should see snow falling again, possibly all the way to the valley. Should be enough to make things good again for the rest of the week. The weekend is looking pretty good for more snow also. The roller coaster continues, but for today, enjoy spring skiing and snow @mountainwatch 📸@yuuka_524668
When it Rains it Pours
From mid March until the end of the month, Hakuba saw frequent heavy snow fall with few people still around to enjoy them. The mountains were a lucky escape for those fortunate few who were able to stick around.
Overnight on March 16th the Snow Gods sent a spring dump of January proportions with reports of 15-20cm falling on resort. By 8am the sun was out and we appeared on the verge of an epic bluebird before the Snow Gods spoke again, and said it was time for more! It puked from 9am until noon with another 15cm+ falling in the valley.
The snow came again with reports of well over 40cm on top of Hakuba 47 and 20cm at the base. Happo Village received at least 20cm of accumulation turning the entire Valley white once again.
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With most resorts around the world closed for the season, Japan is where you want to be at the moment. The resorts are still open and have seen some big totals over the past 3 days. In Hakuba today they're reporting 40cm up top and 20cm at the base. Check out the snow cams on Mountainwatch.com 📷 @hakuba
Happy Vernal Equinox Day! Japanese schools were closed and all the kids were up the slopes with us enjoying another 15-20cm of powder snow. It began around 6am and didn’t stop until nearly 3pm. The following day was an epic blue bird full of powder and sunshine.
More snow fell on the evening of March 23rd. I mean to say It Dumped! It was another morning of 15cm+ to wake up to.
Finally on March 29th we got hammered one more time with perhaps the biggest storm of the month. Iwatake was covered from top to bottom and we were shin deep in powder at Tsugaike. Hakuba 47 was the resort of choice with plenty of powder, nearly all lifts operating, and not many people to share with.
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