Aizu Bandai Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

Aizu Bandai Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:04am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow in places
wind condition
Moderate wind
visibility condition
Generally fair
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This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 10:04am
12cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:49am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 10:01am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:34am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 9:52am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 9:28am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 9:27am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 17cm
Last 14 reports (total): 74cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 111cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 189cm

Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Aizu Bandai Now report can be found here

Good morning.

I can report 12cm of fresh snowfall at Minowa base this morning.

Nekoma are reporting 5cm
Listel are reporting 5cm
Grandeco are reporting a thin layer.

So a layer of fresh snow across the region. It's not so cold though and quite windy, easterly my machine here is telling me.

Hopefully we will get more snow today then we are due a milder still day tomorrow before back to snowfall from Thursday night through into Saturday --- that would be good (the last bit!!)

Bring it on!

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What’s going on?


Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow).

It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves.

But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas.

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So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often.

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Grandeco Snow Resort:
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 13) courses open
- Kids Park open
- Official snow depth: 130cm

Hoshino Resort Alts Bandai
- Alts Bandai is closed at the moment and plans to re-open when there is enough snow

Hoshino Resort Urabandai Nekoma:
- In a change of original plan, they will be open every day all season
- 5 (of 5) lifts operating
- 10 (of 11) courses open
- Official snow depth: 110cm

Inawashiro:
- 3 lifts operating (one is for connecting to upper area)
- Part of Bunadaira course open
- Official snow depth: 30cm

Listel Ski Fantasia:
- Part open
- Official snow depth: 35cm

MinowaMinowa:
- 2 (of 3) lifts operating
- 8 (of 12) courses open
- Official snow depth: 90cm

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Photo today:

- Grandeco

Archive report: Posted at 10:04am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Aizu Bandai Now report can be found here

Aizu Bandai Now ski lift operation notes:

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(updated daily during winter)
Aizu Bandai Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Aizu Bandai Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Aizu Bandai Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Aizu Bandai Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Aizu Bandai Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
28th January 12cm 0cm -
27th January 0cm 7cm -
26th January 0cm 5cm -
25th January 0cm 13cm -
24th January 0cm 22cm -
23rd January 0cm 6cm -
22nd January 5cm 13cm -
Previous 7 days total 17cm 66cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 74cm 159cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 14cm 13cm -
December observed snowfall total 64cm 235cm -
January observed snowfall total 111cm 255cm -
February observed snowfall total - 52cm -
March observed snowfall total - 108cm -
April observed snowfall total - 92cm -
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 189cm 755cm 0cm
Aizu Bandai Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Aizu Bandai 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 14cm
[14cm]
64cm
[78cm]
111cm
[189cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 13cm
[13cm]
235cm
[248cm]
255cm
[503cm]
52cm
[555cm]
108cm
[663cm]
92cm
[755cm]
0cm
[755cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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