Myoko Now daily snow and weather - Friday 22nd January 2010

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:17am on Friday 22nd January 2010
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Archive report: Posted at 11:17am on Friday 22nd January 2010
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A nice day of light snow yesterday, and things got progressively colder as the day wore on. A little worry that the winds might get stronger (with the potential for lift closures), but no problems at all. It's a sunny day with occasional snow showers, and a nice day to be on the slopes.

Offpiste, things are less promising. Yesterday's Niigata Nippo newspaper had a headline that read, "Avalanche Danger Increasing," completely with nifty colored charts of the snowpack. It was time for a dig. A hasty pit on an east-facing slope showed that the rain of a few days ago has in fact formed a layer of poorly consolidated, rounded ice grains under 10 to 15cm of new snow. The top surface of the crust is fairly hard, with the potential (with lower temperatures) of getting even harder (and thus easier for new snow to slide off of). The snow below that is saturated with water, so much so that it sticks to the shovel.

At the very least, the weak layer makes for some less than fun skiing, as the layer crunches underfoot, making turns (for skiers at least) tricky and ankle-catching (put more snow on top of that crunching layer, and things could be very dangerous). It would probably be a good idea to stay off large, open, steeper slopes—Maeyama, Mitahara, etc.—and especially off south-facing slopes as the sun further warms that layer. There's some evidence of cracking and creeping within the resorts as well, so choose where you go carefully, talk to the locals, and consider a day of piste cruising instead. Too many "ifs" and "maybes" right now to say that it's safe to be out there. This layer could also persist for some time, so it's important to keep checking and be aware that the danger is there.

Current Official Snow Depths:

Akakura Onsen:
220cm

Akakan (Akakura Kanko):
210cm

Ikenotaira:
250cm

Myoko Suginohara:
210cm

Seki Onsen:
450cm

Myoko Ski Park:
235cm

Kyukamura:
235cm

Tangram:
210cm

Madarao:
200cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:17am on Friday 22nd January 2010
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

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