Myoko Now daily snow and weather - Monday 11th January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:12am on Monday 11th January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 11:12am on Monday 11th January 2010
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After a day where the sun tried to come out, snow continued to fall and fog eventually won the day, it's started out as a sunny, cold, very nice day in Myoko. There are some high clouds moving in, and with heavy snows predicted for Wednesday these are probably the early notice of things to come.

It's stayed cold, so the snow conditions have been excellent. At higher elevations above the ski areas the snow is incredibly light — genuine, undeniable powder, with excellent snow depths further down the mountains (if a little heavier as you descend). We like our powder with a bit of body in Myoko, though.

Some snowpit tests yesterday showed that what is typical Myoko snowpack conditions have returned, with consistent snow all the way from the top to bottom — no layering at all, just firmer snow the further down you dig into the snowpack. The top 50cm or so is very light, unconsolidated snow, though, so avoid narrow V-shaped valleys where minor sluffs could become a potential danger. Today's sun should firm that up as well, so we'll see what develops when more fresh falls on top of this latest, sun-warmed layer.

The Niigata rescue helicopter just picked someone off somewhere on the north side of the mountain; the snow may show signs of stability, but it's never guaranteed, and it's also easy to ski into unintended places when the snow is good and you don't want to stop. Have fun, but ski smart!

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:
225cm

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
200cm

Ikenotaira:
225cm

Myoko Suginohara:
190cm

Seki Onsen:
360cm

Myoko Ski Park:
240cm

Kyukamura:
205cm

Tangram:
220cm

Madarao:
200cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:12am on Monday 11th January 2010
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts operating

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