Naeba Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Naeba Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Yuzawa (Niigata), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:17am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Bluebird
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
No Precipitation
wind condition
Calm
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:17am
16cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 10:17am 8cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:50am 0cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 7:50am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:22am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 6:50am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:31am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 24cm
Last 14 reports (total): 49cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 191cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 637cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

Good morning from Naeba! It's a beautiful start to the day today, with the mountain and snow-covered trees being lit up by a pink sunrise. We had a total of 16cm of new snow in the past 24 hours, which has topped up the pistes well. The skiing conditions on piste today will be fabulous, particularly due to Naeba's world-class grooming having tidied up the fresh snow nicely. Confusingly, the forecast indicates that we should expect the snow to continue throughout today, however as previously mentioned we have started the day with clear skies and no wind. It looks as though we should expect the wind to pick up significantly later in the day, swinging from a southerly to a northerly and blowing in some more storm clouds. Temperatures today are expected to remain just below 0°C. With the sun, this will feel pleasant, but if the snow clouds do arrive as predicted, it will feel much cooler this afternoon.

Looking forwards, it looks as though "Storm Finn" proper will strike tomorrow, particularly overnight. Temperatures are expected to drop to around -10°C tonight and stay around there until at least Sunday. As for snow, we should expect moderate to heavy snow throughout Wednesday and Thursday. The wind will be picking up significantly later today, dropping again overnight, and raising again on Wednesday night.

I'm pleased to announce that we are continuing with our track record of every new day added to the forecast, the snow predictions continue.

Kōrudo!

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Some more comments, observations and questions answered

This rather long message is being posted on all the daily ‘Now’ report pages on SnowJapan today, so it does not apply to any one report section. Long-time readers may well remember a similar message posted last season. This is a modified and updated re-write of that message.

As we head into what looks set to be a very exciting and snowy week in Japan, we wanted to share some comments and respond to some more frequently asked questions regarding the daily reports on SnowJapan.

Many people rely on our reporting to find out how the Japan winter season is shaping up. We take that responsibility very seriously and the integrity of our reports is extremely important to us.

The individuals who post the reports are told that it is fine to get very excited when conditions are excellent and there’s lots of snow falling. And hopefully you’ll see that in action this week!

But at the same time, we believe that it is essential to also report things that are less exciting; like crusty spring-like snow conditions in mid-January or nasty rain.

That kind of reporting is not ‘being negative’ - it’s simply reporting what is happening. Whatever is happening, that is what should be in the reports. Even if none of us particularly like it.

Forgive us for saying it again, but it’s important: one of the things that makes SnowJapan unique is the fact that we are not here to convince you to visit any one region of Japan. We’re not here to ask you to book accommodation, or to join tours, or to take ski lessons. We’re not asking you to buy anything. Rather, we are here to provide independent and correct information from around Japan – information that is free from the inevitable pressures of having to sell and market specific services.

Some people would seemingly prefer everyone believe that snow conditions are always close to what the marketing blurb says, whatever the actual reality is. By ignoring things when they are less than perfect or publishing information that is misleading, at best.

There was one good example yesterday. We were really disappointed to see a popular ski resort classifying their base area snow conditions as “powder” – after a week of almost no fresh snowfall, some rain and generally mild conditions. While it is absolutely true that different people have different standards and levels of expectation, no-one could reasonably describe those conditions as “powder”. We’re not going to get into naming names, but we think that’s a pretty bad thing to do.

We feel that (surely!) anyone visiting a ski resort would prefer to have honest reporting over something that just reads like a marketing brochure.

So, we just want to take this opportunity once again to assure our readers that even with ever increasing pressures to do otherwise, we won’t be changing the thinking behind our reports.

Each of our regional reports is written by a different person. So, it is natural that each has its own personality or character. Some of the reports are longer than others. Some of the reports are shorter than others. Some of the reports are more light-hearted in nature. Some of them cover one ski resort - like Madarao, Naeba, Furano. Some of them cover a much wider region - like Niseko, Hakuba and Yuzawa.

Posting a daily report every day through the season is a considerable commitment. Reports may sometimes appear later than usual, or a report might be missed, or might be shorter than usual, etc… We are not claiming that our reports are perfect and know that we will never satisfy everyone with our output, but we do try to provide the best reports possible.

** More on that kind of thing here.

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While we are at it, here are a few other quick points that we made in our season end message last year.

About the SnowJapan ‘observed fresh snowfall’ data

The ‘observed fresh snowfall’ that we publish on each of our reports is the amount of snowfall that our reporters see with their own eyes and measure every day. It is taken from base area levels.

Why base areas? The reason for that is because it is the only place where a reliable measurement can be taken on a consistent basis every day throughout the season.

Does more snow fall at higher elevations on mountain than at base? In most cases - absolutely. And in some regions/resorts, much more so than others.

Within the text of our reports we try to report any fresh snowfall data that the ski resorts themselves are reporting from the mountain each morning - another reason why we want to wait for that information in a morning.

But it would be impossible for us to report from ‘higher up’ every day. Issues include the ability to get up top every morning (lifts might be closed); where exactly to take measurements from; how we would go about measuring ‘fresh snowfall’ over the period of 24 hours at a location. Remember, we’re not a ski resort.

So, the only place that we can reliably and consistently report from each morning is base.

”You under-report snow!” or ”You over-report snow!”

No, we really don’t. Our reporters report what they see with their own eyes and measure themselves. Yes, there will be more (or less) snow falling in areas nearby. Nature doesn’t evenly distribute snowfall. Someone visiting the same ski resort may well experience something slightly different. And actually, both may well be correct. Microclimates and the like. That’s nature for you.

Our measurements are coming to you from the same spot every day - generally very close to ski resort base lifts - and they are being reported by the same trusted individual who is not inclined to exaggerate.

Note: If you do feel something in our reports is wildly off the mark, please do let us know and we will certainly look into it.

“Why don’t you report more about actual quality of the snow?”

Different people have greatly different expectations and different points of reference when it comes to snow conditions so unless things are indisputably excellent or indisputably rubbish, we feel it’s probably best to avoid going into that kind of detail every day.

“Why is there more snow being reported on the ‘A Now’ report than ‘B Now’ report?”

That will be because more snow is being observed at base in ‘A’ than in ‘B’. It’s as simple as that.

Snowfall at higher elevations may well be a different matter - so please read the reports for such details...

We recommend you don’t spent much time comparing the snowfall numbers between regions

We totally understand the temptation to directly compare the snowfall numbers for the different areas, but we recommend that you don’t.

If you must though, at least be sure to look beyond just the headline numbers. Some regions simply get less snow at base than other regions - but base snowfall is far from being the full story.

If you are contemplating visiting one of the regions covered by our reports, we highly recommend that you spend time looking beyond just the headlines and read the full reports - including our archive reporting from previous seasons. Only that way will you get a true and detailed picture of what is happening and get an idea of how the snow falls in each of the regions and what to expect on-mountain.

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This week looks like it is going to be a big week of snow in many regions. That’s what we all want. So here’s to some fresh deep conditions over the coming days, weeks and months. Thank you for reading!

If you want to contact us, you can do so here.

Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

Naeba Now ski lift operation notes:

Dragondola (0900-1530)(Final Ascent 1500)
Beginner lift No. 4 (0800-1700)
High-Speed Lift No. 3 (0800-1700)
High-Speed Lift No.4 (0900-1630)
High-Speed Lift No.8 (0900-1630)
High-Speed Lift No. 5 (0830-2030)
Prince Gondola No. 2 (0830-1600)(Final Ascent 1530)
Takenokodaira Pair Lift (0845-1545)
Takenokoyama Pair Lift (0930-1530)
Hiuchi Pair Lift (0900-1600)

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Recent Naeba Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Naeba Now reports up until Tuesday 23rd January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Naeba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 23rd January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
23rd January 16cm 30cm 15cm
22nd January 8cm 10cm 10cm
21st January 0cm 18cm 20cm
21st January 0cm 18cm 20cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 8cm
19th January 0cm 5cm 10cm
18th January 0cm 30cm 20cm
Previous 7 days total 24cm 123cm 83cm
Previous 14 days total 49cm 348cm 97cm
November observed snowfall total 46cm 17cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 400cm 150cm 80cm
January observed snowfall total 191cm 550cm 180cm
February observed snowfall total - 280cm 163cm
March observed snowfall total - 138cm 90cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 637cm 1136cm 513cm
Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Naeba 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 46cm
[46cm]
400cm
[446cm]
191cm
[637cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 17cm
[17cm]
150cm
[167cm]
550cm
[717cm]
280cm
[997cm]
138cm
[1135cm]
1cm
[1136cm]
-
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
80cm
[80cm]
180cm
[260cm]
163cm
[423cm]
90cm
[513cm]
0cm
[513cm]
-
2014/2015 season - - - 10cm
[10cm]
230cm
[240cm]
116cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
- - - - - -
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
219cm
[222cm]
283cm
[505cm]
252cm
[757cm]
37cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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