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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 11:16am on Sunday 8th December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Light to moderate northerly
visibility condition
Varied
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Sunday 8th December 2019, 11:16am
12cm
Sunday 1st December 2019, 13:47pm 0cm
Saturday 30th November 2019, 9:10am 30cm
Saturday 16th November 2019, 10:47am 0cm
Saturday 2nd November 2019, 8:44am 0cm
Monday 6th May 2019, 8:16am 0cm
Friday 26th April 2019, 9:15am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 42cm
Last 14 reports (total): 112cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 12cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 42cm

Well, the season has commenced here in Minakami as of yesterday with first turns at Tenjindaira Ski Resort.

The snow base was sitting at 60cm yesterday and the quality was excellent. Nice and soft and cold enough to be crisp and fast too.

In terms of the weather, it's been snowing sporadically for the past 3 days and the snow base on resort at 1300m has increased by 50cm in that time.

Down here by the base of the ski resort, it's been less dramatic and my total fresh snowfall is a little more than 10cm. Part of what's been working though is the weather; down in the town it seems like it's generally been sunny whereas up here at my place, it's been clouded over virtually 100% of the time and it's mostly been snowing lightly. Temps and conditions are certainly on our side.

So the Tenjin open yesterday only involved the middle lift (smallest one) and today they'll be running the Takakura lift as well (lookers left). Tenjin Toge lift still needs a good dump and even then, they'll want it well settled before anyone starts ripping it. I was out doing a ski lesson and had to look on enviously but a few people hiked the lifts and scored a proper, early season powder run. In the fresh they were sinking in about 20cm max but the stoke was completely evident when they got to the bottom.

I drove past Okutone ski resort a few days ago, looked rather grim, they need some serious snow to even consider opening. Same goes for Norn and Hodaigi are telling me they open on Dec 21st and they sounded quite confident so fingers crossed.
It's snowing right now but next snow after this is forecast for Thursday night.

Looks like warmish weather on Tuesday and Wednesday but hopefully the trusty clouds can keep the sun off my snow!

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Photo below from yesterday at Tenjin

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Planned opening dates of ski resorts in Minakami

Currently part open:
Tanigawa Tenjindaira

Saturday 14th December:
Minakami Hodaigi
Okutone Snow Park

Saturday 20th December:
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort

Saturday 21st December:
Akasawa
Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
White Valley

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Tenjindaira and Takakura Lifts are running at Tenjin

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Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Minakami Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 8th December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Minakami Now reports up until Sunday 8th December 2019
(View more analysis here)
Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 8th December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Sunday 8th December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
8th December 12cm 0cm -
1st December 0cm - -
30th November 30cm - -
16th November 0cm - -
2nd November 0cm - -
6th May 0cm - -
26th April 0cm - -
Previous 7 days total 42cm 0cm 60cm
Previous 14 days total 112cm 0cm 100cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm - -
December observed snowfall total 12cm 361cm 385cm
January observed snowfall total - 607cm 389cm
February observed snowfall total - 194cm 263cm
March observed snowfall total - 76cm 16cm
April observed snowfall total - 70cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 42cm 1308cm 1053cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 8th December 2019
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Minakami Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 30cm
[30cm]
12cm
[42cm]
- - - - -
2018/2019 season - - 361cm
[361cm]
607cm
[968cm]
194cm
[1162cm]
76cm
[1238cm]
70cm
[1308cm]
0cm
[1308cm]
2017/2018 season - - 385cm
[385cm]
389cm
[774cm]
263cm
[1037cm]
16cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
2016/2017 season - - 212cm
[212cm]
595cm
[807cm]
452cm
[1259cm]
130cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[1389cm]
0cm
[1389cm]
2015/2016 season - - 154cm
[154cm]
227cm
[381cm]
285cm
[666cm]
78cm
[744cm]
0cm
[744cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
225cm
[225cm]
246cm
[471cm]
378cm
[849cm]
152cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
20cm
[20cm]
159cm
[179cm]
203cm
[382cm]
295cm
[677cm]
159cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
6cm
[6cm]
105cm
[111cm]
144cm
[255cm]
131cm
[386cm]
31cm
[417cm]
30cm
[447cm]
0cm
[447cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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