Myoko Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 27th February 2013

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:49am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Partly sunny
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Some rain sprinkles
wind condition
Light from west
Good, fog higher up
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Wednesday 27th February 2013, 10:49am
0cm
Tuesday 26th February 2013, 13:24pm 25cm
Monday 25th February 2013, 9:51am 40cm
Sunday 24th February 2013, 7:55am 30cm
Saturday 23rd February 2013, 21:11pm 50cm
Friday 22nd February 2013, 7:49am 15cm
Thursday 21st February 2013, 7:58am 50cm
Last 7 reports (total): 210cm
Last 14 reports (total): 304cm
Current month (February 2013) total: 424cm
2012/2013 season so far total: 1283cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:49am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Thanks to the Snow Japan team for helping out over the past two days - and, yes, I have some interesting information, following our report for today.

The bad news first: it is raining very lightly right now. Hardy enough to dampen a coat, really (makes that snow nice and smooth, too), but it is definitely going to be getting warmer over the next three days or so. Probably be turing back to snow by the weekend, but in the meantime let's hope the sun stays out and we can just pretend that it's fun spring skiing for the time being. Winter is definitely not over yet. Not much wind at the moment, either, so it could be a nice day for a ski.

I've been out for two days because of a rescue operation here in Myoko. A very experienced guy - somebody like a lot of good, solid backcountry skiers - just got too close to a cornice. Following all the snow and wind we've had, the cornices on the local peaks are huge and very unstable. He was more than two meters away from the edge, and the whole thing came down, taking him and a lot of snow with him. He hit a tree, started sliding headfirst, got himself into a better position (legs downhill), and rode down several hundred meters in what became a small avalanche. And then he dug a snow cave and stayed there for two days, because the winds and snow and logistics made it impossible to get a group out faster. He was lucky; he had the right gear, a radio, good clothing, and came out with a broken rib, a contusion on his leg, and some mild frostbite on his fingers (he'll be hurting in a few days, but he won't lose his digits).

It was a happy end, but it reminds all of us who go in the backcountry the the rewards are high, but there are risks we can't afford to ignore. If you're going off the groomed slopes, even "just over there", you need to have avalanche gear on you, excellent clothes in case you get stuck, and some good friends to keep an eye on each other. We see too many people with no gear, no sense and cotton clothes all skiing/boarding at the same time in questionable terrain. Anything goes wrong, they all go down together.

As a wise older guy here said, you can talk about taking responsibility for yourself, but the instant you get hurt or worse, you're no longer responsible - somebody else has to help you. Snow rescues are tough, hard work, and this time left a few rescuers with frostnipped fingers and faces (my neighbor's cheeks turned dark brown, and are now peeling off).

Don't stop going in the backcountry; do be safe, do it right and plan ahead!

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Operations and official snow depths)

Akakura Kanko (Akakan)
390cm, 1C

Akakura Onsen
380cm, -3C

Ikenotaira
280cm, -2C

Suginohara
280cm, -1C

Seki Onsen
560cm, -1C

Kyukamura
500cm, 0C

Myoko Ski Park
425cm, 0C

Tangram
270cm, -1C

Madarao
300cm, -4C

Archive report: Posted at 10:49am on Wednesday 27th February 2013
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

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