Appi Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Appi Kogen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:20am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-9°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 11:20am
45cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:33am 10cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 10:01am 11cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 9:05am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 11:49am 5cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 7:20am 3cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 9:05am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 89cm
Last 14 reports (total): 124cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 185cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 601cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:20am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Today is a fine day to get into the snow.

There's nearly 50cm of fresh snow around base. That base layer is set. And with the snow falling fast, this should prevent the slopes from getting too tracked out.

Only a little wind and decent visibility considering the snow.

The temperature is -12 at the base which will prevent that powder from slushing up.

Hope some of you can get to enjoy it.

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Planned lift operations (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays

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Official snow depth:

200cm

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

Archive report: Posted at 11:20am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Appi Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Open - see above

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Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Appi Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Appi Kogen Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Appi 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 Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 45cm 10cm 0cm
23rd January 10cm 22cm 0cm
22nd January 11cm 2cm 1cm
21st January 0cm 0cm 4cm
20th January 5cm 0cm 14cm
18th January 3cm 0cm 5cm
17th January 15cm 12cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 89cm 52cm 66cm
Previous 14 days total 124cm 210cm 108cm
November observed snowfall total 94cm - -
December observed snowfall total 322cm 159cm -
January observed snowfall total 185cm 307cm 249cm
February observed snowfall total - 253cm 176cm
March observed snowfall total - 90cm 47cm
April observed snowfall total - 15cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 601cm 824cm 472cm
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Appi 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 - 94cm
[94cm]
322cm
[416cm]
185cm
[601cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - - 159cm
[159cm]
307cm
[466cm]
253cm
[719cm]
90cm
[809cm]
15cm
[824cm]
0cm
[824cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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