Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 4th April 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:10am on Wednesday 4th April 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Sunny
Base temp:
14°C

Top temp:
9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Good
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Wednesday 4th April 2018, 7:10am
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Archive report: Posted at 7:10am on Wednesday 4th April 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

The season is winding down here and no real snow for the whole of March has taken its toll. Highly unusual, but the season kicked off earlier than normal and it was fun while it lasted.

Okutone is still running up the top though I imagine it's rather scrappy. They claim 70cm and last day will be April 8th.

Hodaigi has their lower runs open including the 1km beginner run. They also have their number 9 lift to the top still running though I've not been over there in quite a while.

Tenjin appears to have closed their cat track to the bottom on Monday. Kind of a bummer as there is still snow all over it. Up the top they are digging out underneath the Toge lift and moving that snow in for the Minakami Vibes bowl. That also started on Monday and the event will be held the weekend of April 14th. The base up top is still at 170cm so they are a chance to run through to their usual closing time around May 7th or the end of Golden Week but we shall see. I think they should last through the end of April at the least. The snow, is super soft and slushy, not too bad and with temps so high, it softens up by 8-9am.

Toured up to the peak of Tanigawa on Monday evening, stayed up top and traversed the top ridge at dawn the next morning before dropping into the gentle, North facing, Shibakurasawa and out the bottom. The peaks up top are patchy in places and it was hard going though still plenty of snow in that particular valley if you don't mind picking your way around avi debris in the bottom part of the valley. Probably one of few safe touring options in the area right now and probably the last time I'll turn on a beacon here at Tanigawa.

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Photo below from yesterday morning at Tanjgawadake

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Minakami Hodaigi
Plans to be open until 8th April

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Plans to be open until 8th April

Okutone Snow Park
Plans to be open until 8th April

Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
Plans to be open until early May

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Closed for the season:

Akasawa
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Oana
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

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Resort Spotlights with more detail:

Norn Minakami
Okutone Snow Park

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Please note that the snowfall numbers posted in this report will be observed from close to the base Tenjindaira Ropeway station - which is often much more than in the central town area of Minakami.

Archive report: Posted at 7:10am on Wednesday 4th April 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts 6, 8 and 9 at Hodaigi
Middle section of Okutone open
Takakura Lift and Tenjin Lift running at Tenjin. Toge will likely reopen over the back side when they are done harvesting snow for the Minakami Vibes Bowl.

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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 4th April 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
4th April 0cm - 0cm
26th March 0cm - 5cm
24th March 0cm 20cm 3cm
23rd March 0cm 15cm 0cm
22nd March 0cm 25cm 0cm
21st March 0cm 0cm -
18th March 0cm - -
Previous 7 days total 0cm 85cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 5cm 120cm 18cm
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December observed snowfall total 385cm 212cm 154cm
January observed snowfall total 389cm 595cm 227cm
February observed snowfall total 263cm 452cm 285cm
March observed snowfall total 16cm 130cm 78cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 1053cm 1389cm 744cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Minakami Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - 385cm
[385cm]
389cm
[774cm]
263cm
[1037cm]
16cm
[1053cm]
0cm
[1053cm]
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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]
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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]
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