Madarao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 1st April 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:31am on Friday 1st April 2016
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Friday 1st April 2016, 7:31am
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Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 34cm
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2015/2016 season so far total: 483cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:31am on Friday 1st April 2016
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Good morning from Madarao Kogen.

Yesterday we enjoyed some fine weather on what was the last day of the 2015-2016 season for Madarao Kogen (neighbouring Tangram Ski Circus is open through until Sunday).
And this will be my last report of the 2015-2016 season.

Once a season gets started, it really does flash by way too quickly - mostly from having so much fun, though this season there were other things going on… things that we really are not used to!

It has definitely been something of a unique season for this region and indeed many areas of Japan. This season definitely ‘wins’ the unwanted award for ‘the least snow during a season’ of recent times at least, and locals of quite an age will also be hard pushed to remember a season with as little snowfall as during 2015-2016.

There was of course snow – and indeed in amounts that some ski resorts in other parts of the world would be glad to get. And I have enjoyed some very fine days this last season, and I know lots of other people who have visited and had a great time.

The difference this last season has been that there just wasn’t much of that full-on, almost overwhelmingly heavy and consistent snowfall that we are used to (and so love) in this region. Yes, we are usually spoilt; but we like being spoilt!

‘Less snow’ was not just an issue for this part of northern Nagano Prefecture either with most ski resort areas of the main island of Honshu receiving less snow than usual in this ‘danto’ (or ‘mild winter’).

Here’s the amount of snow that I have observed over the past three seasons here in Madarao:

2015-2016 season: 483cm total
2014-2015 season: 1055cm total
2013-2014 season: 734cm total

As you can see, this season I observed less than half of the total amount of snow that I did last season. That’s pretty significant, even considering that last year was quite famous for being one of particularly abundant snowfall. The season before we still got about 1.5 times the amount of snow that we did this season.

Just going back to that comment about ‘being spoilt’. We’re not used to worrying about snowfall – it just falls, and usually in huge amounts - but this season everyone was, and it was a constant topic of conversation throughout the season.

It has to be said that the resort did an excellent job in keeping open and the slopes in decent condition until the end of March as originally planned.. helped along by a decent amount of March snowfall (more than in March last year actually!), and of course lots of hard work and effort.

Otsukaresama deshita!

I think the main point to take from this season wrap report is this...

If you are reading researching about Madarao Kogen - and indeed any of the other regions covered in the reports on SnowJapan - please do take the time to look back at previous seasons to get an idea of what is ‘normal’ or ‘average’. Because 2015/2016 was certainly not ‘normal’ or ‘average’.

Archived reports going back 6 seasons can be found at the bottom of this page.

Let’s hope we get back to normal next season. I’m confident we will!

In the meantime, I hope you have a great spring and summer and I hope to see you back here in late autumn.

Archive report: Posted at 7:31am on Friday 1st April 2016
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Madarao Now ski lift operation notes:

Madarao Kogen is now closed

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Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Madarao Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 1st April 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
1st April 0cm - -
31st March 0cm 0cm 0cm
30th March 0cm 0cm -
28th March 0cm 0cm -
27th March 0cm 0cm -
26th March 2cm 0cm 0cm
25th March 22cm 15cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 15cm 20cm
Previous 14 days total 34cm 26cm 45cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 5cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 99cm 406cm 117cm
January observed snowfall total 161cm 327cm 267cm
February observed snowfall total 124cm 221cm 205cm
March observed snowfall total 99cm 96cm 145cm
April observed snowfall total 0cm - -
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 483cm 1055cm 734cm
Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 1st April 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Madarao 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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
99cm
[99cm]
161cm
[260cm]
124cm
[384cm]
99cm
[483cm]
0cm
[483cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 5cm
[5cm]
406cm
[411cm]
327cm
[738cm]
221cm
[959cm]
96cm
[1055cm]
- -
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
117cm
[117cm]
267cm
[384cm]
205cm
[589cm]
145cm
[734cm]
- -
2012/2013 season - 0cm
[0cm]
223cm
[223cm]
352cm
[575cm]
355cm
[930cm]
82cm
[1012cm]
0cm
[1012cm]
-
  October November December January February March April May
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Madarao Now reports from the same period last season
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