Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Shiga Kogen Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Shiga Kogen (Nagano), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:08am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, sun, some cloud
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Very good
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:08am
12cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 9:30am 47cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 9:13am 39cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:19am 16cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 10:23am 2cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:31am 4cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 9:56am 28cm
Last 7 reports (total): 148cm
Last 14 reports (total): 233cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 116cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 439cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:08am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

More snow from yesterday, but this morning things are calmer and clearer... there's even some sunshine at the start of the day and blue skies. Lovely.

Going to be an excellent morning to be on the slopes. Cold early on so wrap up well.

We may get some light snow at times by tomorrow but sun is expected on Sunday. A return to fresh snowfall looks due early in the week.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan, so it's a 'long weekend' coming up.

Just a few course areas still not available now - perhaps they will open for the weekend?

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is a re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people ? who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports ? they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

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

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.

Giant
130cm

Higashitateyama
150cm

Ichinose Family
130cm

Ichinose Diamond
130cm

Kumanoyu
170cm

Maruike
70cm

Nishitateyama
130cm

Okushiga Kogen
200cm

Sun Valley
70cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
130cm

Terakoya
150cm

Yakebitaiyama
200cm

Yokoteyama
170cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:08am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Almost all of Shiga Kogen is open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Shiga Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(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 Friday 5th January 2018
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 12cm 20cm 0cm
4th January 47cm 2cm 0cm
3rd January 39cm 3cm 0cm
2nd January 16cm 0cm 2cm
1st January 2cm 1cm 18cm
31st December 4cm 3cm 0cm
30th December 28cm 25cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 148cm 54cm 24cm
Previous 14 days total 233cm 139cm 66cm
November observed snowfall total 47cm 27cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 276cm 215cm 105cm
January observed snowfall total 116cm 485cm 204cm
February observed snowfall total - 272cm 147cm
March observed snowfall total - 136cm 97cm
April observed snowfall total - 22cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 439cm 1157cm 568cm
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
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
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
276cm
[323cm]
116cm
[439cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 27cm
[27cm]
215cm
[242cm]
485cm
[727cm]
272cm
[999cm]
136cm
[1135cm]
22cm
[1157cm]
0cm
[1157cm]
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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