Geto Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:16am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snow
wind condition
Moderate
visibility condition
Varied
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 7:16am
30cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 7:45am 13cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 7:27am 10cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:07am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 7:33am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 7:55am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:41am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 68cm
Last 14 reports (total): 99cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 230cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 819cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:16am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Geto Kogen Now report can be found here

Once again, snow! Fresh Snow! The weather turned about mid morning yesterday and we saw about 10cm of snow falling, with heavy snow into the afternoon and night. Overnight we’ve recorded 20cm of fresh snow hitting the ground.

The snow is set to stay dry and fluffy with the temps remaining cold for the next few days. Today we’re looking at tops of a chilly -9C with heavy snow set to fall all day and some light to moderate winds. Take a look at the forecast for the rest of the working week…

Thursday: moderate snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C
Friday: light snow, moderate winds, tops of -9C
Saturday: light to heavy snow, moderate winds, tops of -8C

No tip for the day today — freshies will be everywhere. Just pick a line down and enjoy! Perhaps pack the snorkel…

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Gondola One Update:

According to the resort, they’re aiming for early February for the Gondola to be back up and running. Fingers crossed for the first week, but we’ll have to wait and see.

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Zones open include Summit, Rabbit, Beech & Stream. At this stage Shooter will remain closed until the main gondola is open.

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Official snow depths:

Top: 310cm
Base: 225cm

Night skiing operations are scheduled at Geto Kogen on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 25th February 2018.

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

Archive report: Posted at 7:16am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Geto Kogen Now report can be found here

Geto Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Open - see above

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23rd January 13cm - -
22nd January 10cm - -
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18th January 15cm - -
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Previous 14 days total 99cm 0cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 439cm - -
January observed snowfall total 230cm - -
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