Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Monday 16th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:01am on Monday 16th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Moderate to heavy snowfall
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-8°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
Light NE
visibility condition
Average to poor
This report
Monday 16th January 2017, 8:01am
80cm
Sunday 15th January 2017, 9:21am 60cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 9:59am 25cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 10:16am 0cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:17am 25cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 9:03am 0cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 12:28pm 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 190cm
Last 14 reports (total): 270cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 230cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 442cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Monday 16th January 2017
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Still snowing here, moderate to heavy since Saturday morning. The snowfall on Tenjindaira reported over the last 24 hours is 80cm which is what I'm seeing at the base. There is going to be meters of snow in the gullys after this storm, a brand new mountain.

Well and truly passed the point of having enough snow here. The forecast is for it to drop right off but keep falling tomorrow and then clear.

In these conditions, Hodaigi is firing, winds are light, there is lots of pow on piste and not many people going after it.

Okutone with their new upper lift is also worth a look.

Tenjin calling a delayed open today and the storm seems to have slayed a piston bully so they are down a groomer. Ganbatte team.

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New snowfall:

80cm Tenjin
40cm Hodaigi
40cm Okutone

Official snow depths:

320cm Tenjin
170cm Hodaigi
140cm Okutone

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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:

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Resorts in Minakami (forecasts available from each page):

Akasawa
Minakami Hodaigi
Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
Minakami Kogen Fujiwara
Norn Minakami
Oh-ana
Okutone Snow Park
Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Tanigawa Onsen White Valley

Archive report: Posted at 8:01am on Monday 16th January 2017
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

Tenjin delayed, everything else open

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Minakami Now reports up until Monday 16th January 2017
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Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 16th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Monday 16th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
16th January 80cm 0cm 15cm
15th January 60cm 0cm 0cm
13th January 25cm 0cm 0cm
12th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
11th January 25cm 15cm 10cm
10th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
9th January 0cm 20cm -
Previous 7 days total 190cm 18cm 45cm
Previous 14 days total 270cm 68cm 115cm
November observed snowfall total - - 0cm
December observed snowfall total 212cm 154cm 225cm
January observed snowfall total 230cm 227cm 246cm
February observed snowfall total - 285cm 378cm
March observed snowfall total - 78cm 152cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 442cm 744cm 1001cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 16th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Minakami 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 - - 212cm
[212cm]
230cm
[442cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - - 154cm
[154cm]
227cm
[381cm]
285cm
[666cm]
78cm
[744cm]
0cm
[744cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 0cm
[0cm]
225cm
[225cm]
246cm
[471cm]
378cm
[849cm]
152cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
0cm
[1001cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
20cm
[20cm]
159cm
[179cm]
203cm
[382cm]
295cm
[677cm]
159cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
0cm
[836cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
6cm
[6cm]
105cm
[111cm]
144cm
[255cm]
131cm
[386cm]
31cm
[417cm]
30cm
[447cm]
0cm
[447cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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