Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:30am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:30am on Sunday 18th December 2011
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The snow has continued falling here, perhaps 10cm or so on the ground since yesterday. Yakebitaiyama has increased it's snow depth by 15cm while the other resorts open have not updated theirs at all (perhaps Yakebi was just catching up on what happened the day before?) Anyway it is snowing lightly now.

If you take a look at the Yokoteyama webcam (see the Webcam Center in the Daily Reports section of SnowJapan) you'll see a very promosing scene of trees laden with snow and looking almost monster-ish. The continued cold temperatures are helping that of course and, well, we just want more!

This morning Okushiga Kogen has got the Gondola moving as well as two pair lifts and Ichinose Diamond's quad lift is also operating. Mammoth are now also running their quad lift as well as the triple lift. Sun Valley have also part opened up with their quad lift operating.

So the Shiga Kogen area is gradually opening up more, but it's still limited and not big amounts of snow.

The week ahead looks like it will stay very cold, in some areas it may not get warmer than minus double digits for the whole week. Light snow is forecast for the day here, with a chance of a more moderate snowfall coming Monday night into Tuesday. Late in the week is looking good too.

Let's hope Santa brings with him the snow for all of Shiga Kogen to be open by this time next week.

Official snow depths [18th Dec 11]:
Takamagahara Mammoth - 40cm
Ichinose Family - 50cm
Ichinose Diamond - 50cm
Yakebitaiyama - 50cm
Okushiga Kogen - 30cm
Terakoya - 30cm
Kumanoyu - 50cm
Yokoteyama - 40cm

Resorts part open [18th Dec 11]:
Takamagahara Mammoth - one triple lift, one quad lift
Ichinose Family - two pair lifts
Ichinose Diamond - one quad lift
Yakebitaiyama - one pair lift, one quad lift
Okushiga Kogen - gondola and two pair lifts
Kumanoyu - one pair lift
Yokoteyama - two pair lifts, one triple lift, one single lift
(Higashiyama gondola operating and part of Terakoya open for pole training)

Archive report: Posted at 9:30am on Sunday 18th December 2011
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

More resort areas gradually opening but still limited operations at the moment. See report for details.

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