Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 24th January 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:39am on Thursday 24th January 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Thursday 24th January 2008
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Yesterday the snow started up around mid day after a few days of warmer weather. It was falling lightly until around 20:00 and then stopped, amounting to around 5cm.

Strong winds in the valley this morning have closed Tenjindaira and are battering the upper mountains. The snow has also started up again and is coming down at a rate of 3cm/hour but is not getting much of a chance to settle because of the wind.

Tomorrow looks like the winds will ease a bit. The snow is forecast to continue through to Sunday which should make for some great riding on the weekend.


Backcountry
Warmer temperatures over the last couple of days have enabled settling of the snow pack. The temperatures have almost been too warm with some glide cracks opening up on exposed steep terrain. Some sluffs were witnessed on North slopes. The current combination of strong Northerly winds and snow will once again be loading South faces, scouring ridges and creating more brittle wind slab. Caution should be exercised over the next few days with the accummulation of the forecast snow on wind slab.

Avalanche Hazard:
Alpine: Considerable
Tree Line: Moderate
Below Tree line: Moderate

Archive report: Posted at 9:39am on Thursday 24th January 2008
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Tenjindaira OPEN\r\nHoudaigi OPEN\r\nMinakami Fujiwara OPEN\r\nMinakami Kogen OPEN\r\nOkutone Snow Park OPEN\r\nNorn OPEN\r\nWhite Valley OPEN\r\nOana CLOSED

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