Predictions for day of the season

by Mark on January 26, 2017

A good enough day for Brad to get out on the hill.

A good enough day for Brad to get out on the hill.

Base at top: 360 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 285 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Clear

Even though we are in Japan apparently its Australia day today. Weird. Regardless the snow is epic and the sun is shining. It will be as good as it can ever be this today. I was going to camp atop the summit last night, however the incessant snowfalls and freezing temperatures forced me to reconsider at the eleventh hour. I now regret that decision. Its a stunning morning; almost entirely clear and blue with views stretching off over huge distances. The Japanese Alps, Sea of Japan and Myoko Stratovolcano are all right there centre stage, a backdrop for today. Perhaps the day of the season and everywhere will be good. Don’t forget the camera.

Yesterday was downright epic. Snowfalls continued for the duration with surprisingly only a brief patch of sunshine. This run of snowfalls has really stood above the forecast predictions with surprise after surprise. Untracked areas were found from first lifts to last with deep powder blanketing the resort and few people, although more than Tuesday. Superlatives cannot describe the quality and level of enjoyment for all the skied and boarded today.

As we take a look at the forecast we must lower our expectations from the lofty heights of the last two weeks. After todays sublime skiing we are in for some weird weather. Tomorrow will warm rapidly into the afternoon with some rain, or liquid powder as I like to call it during the afternoon. Luckily it will turn to snow overnight probably adding net gains to the coverage resort wide. Then again on Sunday more rain followed by more snow that will continue for much of next week at this stage. Temperatures will be a touch warmer with snow falling only to 400m above sea level.

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