Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 28th December 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:09am on Sunday 28th December 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 10:09am on Sunday 28th December 2008
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Still dumping in Minakami with an extra 40cm of snow since yesterdays snow report to bring the total height of snow brought by the storm (HST) to 80cm at the valley level and over 120cm of fresh in the upper mountains. The snow is forecast to continue throughout today with a current precipitation rate of 4cm/hour. This should bring yet another 40cm by the end of today.

The strong winds of yesterday compressed the snow pack considerably in exposed areas. The wind has subsided somewhat today, to make for nicer conditions on the fields. Houdaigi and white valley are still my picks of fields for today.

All ski areas in Minakami are now open but are struggling to deal with the amount of snow from the first big storm of the season. Many ski areas are only partly open and scrambling to get the remaining runs groomed. By the end of Monday, all fields should have all runs open in time for the new year period.

With the huge volume of new snow on top of the old warm snow layer, the backcountry is not the place to be at present, especially above tree line. Not to mention the 100cm of snow you would have to hike through to get anywhere. Plenty of on-piste powder around at the moment, so best to stay on piste or close in the trees.

Archive report: Posted at 10:09am on Sunday 28th December 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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