Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 23rd February 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 3:11pm on Saturday 23rd February 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 3:11pm on Saturday 23rd February 2008
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Report at the crack of 3pm.

This morning was fine clear skies but the clouds rolled in just before noon and the snow and wind followed. The snow is currently coming down at 4cm/hour but the wind is so strong that much of the snow is being transported away.

Many of the ski areas closed some lifts this afternoon, with Tejin closing all lifts.

Tomorrow morning the wind is forecast to be galeforce which means that many ski areas will not be able to operate or have a very limited number of lifts in operation.

Backcountry Advisory
Snow on South faces was heavy by mid morning with North faces starting to crust towards the afternoon. The evidence of many large recent avalanches (size 2-3) were obvious on the South face of Mt Tanigawa with debris filling the valley. Data collected from a pit on the North face (1300m) revealed that there is still a very weak layer below the new snow, as deep as 200cm in places (CTM 12@ 192cm SC). This layer could cause large avalanches, especially on steeper terrain. Caution is advised.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate

Archive report: Posted at 3:11pm on Saturday 23rd February 2008
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Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Tenjindaira OPEN\r\nHoudaigi OPEN\r\nMinakami Fujiwara OPEN\r\nMinakami Kogen OPEN\r\nOkutone Snow Park OPEN\r\nNorn OPEN\r\nWhite Valley OPEN\r\nOana OPEN

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