Although the snowfall in Hakuba can be dramatic, Hakuba weather is generally relatively mild by alpine terms and is fairly consistent. The annual snowfall of Hakuba ranges from 10m to 11m, with much of it falling between February and March. However the actual snow season ranges from late November to early May thanks to powder preserved by temperatures that remain at -7 to -2 at the bottom and -7 to -14 at the peak.
The Hakuba weather in November can be a little hit and miss when it comes to ski and snow boarding conditions however if you’re lucky and the snow is good, you’ll enjoy off-peak pricing on quiet runs. By the beginning of December most of the resorts start to open and from the third week in the December the ski season is thoroughly underway. Remember to book early if you fancy a white Christmas on the slopes.
Despite being the busiest time on the slopes, January is still a great time to visit and many international visitors will be surprised by the lack of queues for lifts. Powder hounds will love visiting in February as this is the ideal time to visit, with plenty of powder days guaranteed. March is the month of choice for ski insiders as the atmosphere on the mountain is relaxed and conditions are great not to mention rates are reduced.
By April you start to see far less skiers on the mountain however if you’re a fan of heli-skiing or backcountry, this is the time to visit. Some of the higher peaks of the mountain are open for access, offering a more unique experience of this famous Japanese ski resort. By the second week of May most of the resorts are officially closed however snow on the peaks will remain. May is the start of summer and as the snow begins to melt, it returns to the clear lakes of the valley.