Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

Shiga Kogen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
SNOW
Base temp:
-12°C

Top temp:
-18°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snowfall
wind condition
Strong winds
visibility condition
Very poor
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 9:26am
70cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 9:29am 26cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:34am 14cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 8:31am 5cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:05am 11cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 15:07pm 12cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 9:34am 16cm
Last 7 reports (total): 154cm
Last 14 reports (total): 200cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 201cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 443cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

The official website this morning is claiming a full 85cm of fresh snow this morning.

It's certainly a lot but after going out and doing some measuring and taking into considering the wind which is really blowing about, I'm going with 70cm (*updated). That might well be under-reporting and conservative.

I can't remember ever posting such a big number in any of my reports here - and I've been doing them for a fair few years.

Locals are talking about a "once in a few years" snow storm. It's definitely a snow storm with the snow really coming down hard and strong winds blowing about.

Honestly I'm not sure many people would want to be out on the slopes in these conditions but even if you did, it's limited with the wind stopping quite a lot of lifts this morning.

Those 'snow monkeys' have a good plan... onsen!

Snow is forecast to continue through today and tomorrow and still be snowing come Tuesday morning.

Heavy!

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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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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Most of ski lifts and courses in Shiga Kogen are now open.
Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish - and they seem lower than reality!

Giant
150cm

Higashitateyama
150cm

Ichinose Family
180cm

Ichinose Diamond
180cm

Kumanoyu
185cm

Maruike
80cm

Nishitateyama
130cm

Okushiga Kogen
180cm

Sun Valley
80cm (!)

Takamagahara Mammoth
180cm

Terakoya
150cm

Yakebitaiyama
180cm

Yokoteyama
180cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Blizzard conditions affecting many lifts. Time for an onsen.

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Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Shiga Kogen Now reports
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 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Shiga Kogen 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 Shiga Kogen 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 70cm 3cm 0cm
14th January 26cm 0cm 0cm
13th January 14cm 0cm 5cm
12th January 5cm 0cm 25cm
11th January 11cm 4cm 2cm
10th January 12cm 0cm 2cm
9th January 16cm 8cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 154cm 15cm 34cm
Previous 14 days total 200cm 31cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 27cm 7cm 10cm
December observed snowfall total 215cm 105cm 257cm
January observed snowfall total 201cm 204cm 144cm
February observed snowfall total - 147cm 214cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 119cm
April observed snowfall total - 8cm 12cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 443cm 568cm 756cm
Shiga Kogen 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 Shiga Kogen 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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 27cm
[27cm]
215cm
[242cm]
201cm
[443cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 7cm
[7cm]
105cm
[112cm]
204cm
[316cm]
147cm
[463cm]
97cm
[560cm]
8cm
[568cm]
0cm
[568cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
10cm
[10cm]
257cm
[267cm]
144cm
[411cm]
214cm
[625cm]
119cm
[744cm]
12cm
[756cm]
0cm
[756cm]
2013/2014 season - 1cm
[1cm]
145cm
[146cm]
188cm
[334cm]
208cm
[542cm]
113cm
[655cm]
0cm
[655cm]
0cm
[655cm]
2012/2013 season 1cm
[1cm]
2cm
[3cm]
126cm
[129cm]
193cm
[322cm]
158cm
[480cm]
60cm
[540cm]
10cm
[550cm]
0cm
[550cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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