Now this is a bit more like it. Everything is white again this morning, including the roads, and snow is continuing to fall. Not a huge amount, perhaps around 10cm or so, but hopefully we'll get more before it eases off.
A few more resort areas are opening up lifts this morning - details of which I have posted below. It's still very limited at the moment and we do need a decent delivery of snow to open up and really get into the snow season proper here. There's quite a lot of cars coming up to the area this morning with an almost constant stream of vehicles going past my window here near the Maruike area... the slopes that are open might get quite busy today.
Forecast tells us that this snowfall won't last long and there's a chance of some sun tomorrow. The forecast looks good for cold and snow mid week though.
Resorts that are currently part open (as of Saturday 7th December 2013):
Takamagahara: Reporting 30cm of snow; -5C at 8am Takamagahara Number 2 triple lift
Ichinose Family: Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am Ichinose Number 2 pair lift A/B
Kumanoyu (skiers only): Reporting 30cm of snow; -3C at 8am Kumanoyu Number 2 pair lift A/B
Yakebitaiyama: Reporting 40cm of snow; -6C at 8am Yakebitaiyama Number 2 Yakebitaiyama Number 4 Romance
Yokoteyama: Reporting 20cm of snow; -5C at 9am Yokoteyama Number 1 Sky B Yokoteyama Number 2 Sky
Other resort areas remain closed as we wait for snow.
Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:
Limited but more open this weeekend.
Observed snowfall in the last 14 days
Observed snowfall in this season
Shiga Kogen Maruike:
10cm snowfall in the last 7 days
10cm snowfall in December 2013
11cm snowfall since the beginning of the season