Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Minakami Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:07am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
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Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
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wind condition
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This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:07am
35cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:29am 5cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 16:07pm 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 10:01am 1cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 16:27pm 3cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 11:00am 0cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 8:57am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 44cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 213cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 598cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:07am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Apologies for the missed report yesterday.

Yesterday was fairy tale stuff, Goldilocks in particular. 15cm of snow on my car park and 25cm up on the mountain with more in most areas. Tenjin opened right on time and the piste was deep, fast and dry. They opened the run to the base at around 10am and the backcountry was on from there. The snow turned a little in the afternoon but by 2pm it was snowing again and my last run of the day, around 3pm, was very deep, very dry.

It snowed throughout the evening, 20cm on the car park this morning, 35cm up top and they started selling tickets at Tenjin this morning at 9am.

(35cm going on the report this morning from yesterday and this morning).

The forecast is for a lot of snow tonight, probably may not be a goldilocks type scenario but if we do end up with a meter of the pow, which seems likely, Hodaigi or Okutone will be the best options unless you want to wait for Tenjin.

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Below photo is from yesterday.

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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.

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Ski resorts in Minakami:

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Norn Minakami
Oana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawadake Tenjindaira
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 9:07am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Minakami is all open

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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 35cm 75cm 12cm
22nd January 5cm 0cm -
21st January 0cm 10cm 32cm
20th January 1cm 0cm 20cm
19th January 3cm 20cm 10cm
18th January 0cm - -
17th January 0cm 60cm 5cm
Previous 7 days total 44cm 205cm 94cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 395cm 132cm
November observed snowfall total - - -
December observed snowfall total 385cm 212cm 154cm
January observed snowfall total 213cm 595cm 227cm
February observed snowfall total - 452cm 285cm
March observed snowfall total - 130cm 78cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 598cm 1389cm 744cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
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]
213cm
[598cm]
- - - -
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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