Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:18am on Monday 15th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Monday 15th January 2007
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Light snow falling this morning with 3cm of fresh snow settled. There is still a moderate breeze continuing from the North but the visibility is reasonable at most ski areas and should be improving during the day.

The forecast for today is clearing weather with relatively cold temperatures for the next few days and more snow expected on Wednesday and Friday.

The big news from Minakami is the opening of the "Kakko" course (return cat track) at Tenjin which has not been open in mid season since Winter 2004/5. This opens up a huge amount of opportunites, especially for backcountry riders.

The most popuular BC run (also the run with the highest danger), avalanche alley, has not quite filled in enough to cover the creek at the bottom but it is only about 50cm away. The other main area "Gassex" is now rideable with most of the smaller trees covered and multiple exit points over the creek to the cat track.

Two reasonable sized avalanches (size 2.5) were witnessed on the South faces of Tanigawadake (running into avalanche alley) and on the "White Valley" run withinj the past 5 days. With the recent wind loading and fomration of many wind slabs, considerable caution is advised in any Alpine or runnout zones from Alpine terrain.

Archive report: Posted at 9:18am on Monday 15th January 2007
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Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Norn OPEN - 2 lifts\r\nOkutone OPEN - all lifts\r\nHoudaigi OPEN - all lifts \r\nWhite Valley OPEN - all lifts\r\nMinakami Kogen OPEN - all lifts\r\nTenjin OPEN - all lifts\r\nOana OPEN - all lifts

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