Grandeco Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

Grandeco Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-10°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
W 5m/s
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 9:10am
24cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 9:21am 10cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 9:10am 36cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 9:07am 14cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:06am 5cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 9:20am 0cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:23am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 99cm
Last 14 reports (total): 144cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 144cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 260cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Good morning from a snowy Grandeco with another 24cm to add to the report this morning.

It is a very cold and snowy morning here, but happily the wind is not strong.

According to the forecast, it will keep snowing until tomorrow afternoon.

The courses are all covered with very soft fresh snow - waxing will be important today! A good problem to have!

Visibility is poor because of the heavy snow, be careful when you hike up to Mt. Nishidaiten.

It is a good day to enjoy the fresh light powder snow throughout the day.

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Oh no, it’s another general message from SnowJapan!

Apologies for taking up space on the reports again, but we have had a few people asking why our reports don’t appear much earlier in a morning. It’s a fair question and I’ll try to answer it. There are a few reasons...

First, it seems necessary to point out that we are not a ski resort and our reports are not official ski resort reports. Some people seem to think (or just presume) these things. If we owned and operated a ski resort, I’m fairly certain that we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible each morning - how much new snow at top and at base, snow depth, conditions. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. But we’re not official ski resorts/reports.

These things are what ski resorts should ideally be doing, right?

It varies, but a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning updates after 8am - and sometimes later. If we (SnowJapan) posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - like news of how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting, news of any early morning lift disruption at the start of the day, etc. We would often be missing that kind of information.

We like to think of our reports as a season-long ongoing commentary, rather than simply an early morning report for people who are going to be queuing for the first lift of the day. And after all, people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and hitting the first lifts can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside of the window when they get up.

If we posted our reports just for the benefit of those people, the reports would not be as good or detailed as they are. We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports.

In addition, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast before posting, they may need to dig themselves out of their home, they may need to see to other complexities life throws at them. And - some of the reports in particular - take much longer than just a few minutes to put together each morning.

For a bit more on that kind of thing, please refer to my previous message. It can be found here:

Our message last week

There are many new people using the website, and our traffic records are being broken every day at the moment. Thank you. Please be sure to read our “About” pages associated with the daily report pages and ski resort listing pages – they cover a lot of information.

About our daily reports

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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:
- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:
160cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow
Goshikinuma through Grandeco: snow
Snow tires are necessary.

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Grandeco Now ski lift operation notes:


Lifts Operating:
- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Grandeco Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
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Grandeco Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Grandeco Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 15th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th January 24cm 6cm -
14th January 10cm 18cm -
13th January 36cm 8cm -
12th January 14cm 8cm -
11th January 5cm 8cm -
10th January 0cm 10cm -
9th January 10cm 9cm -
Previous 7 days total 99cm 67cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 144cm 82cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm - -
December observed snowfall total 112cm 177cm -
January observed snowfall total 144cm 232cm -
February observed snowfall total - 130cm -
March observed snowfall total - 27cm -
April observed snowfall total - 5cm -
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 260cm 571cm 0cm
Grandeco Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Grandeco Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 4cm
[4cm]
112cm
[116cm]
144cm
[260cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - - 177cm
[177cm]
232cm
[409cm]
130cm
[539cm]
27cm
[566cm]
5cm
[571cm]
0cm
[571cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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