Appi Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:46am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Fair
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Tuesday 28th January 2020, 7:46am
0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 8:13am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 7:53am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:15am 2cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 8:53am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 8:55am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7:49am 2cm
Last 7 reports (total): 4cm
Last 14 reports (total): 27cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 118cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 361cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:46am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Appi.

Kind of cloudy but fine early this morning as you can see from the different images below, the first one taken earlier than the other two. Right now the clouds are edging it.

As we need more fresh snowfall on the slopes, it is good to see the forecast telling us that we can expect some tonight. The resort is saying they are expecting 30+cm over the next few days. That would be good.

In any event, I am hopeful that tomorrow I'll be reporting a fresh layer.

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APPI is open with the following lifts normally operating (subject to change):

- Appi Gondola
- Central quad lift
- Central Number 2 lift
- Central Number 3A lift
- Central Number 5 lift
- Sailer quad lift
- Vista quad lift

- Most normal courses at APPI are open, Nishimori not available due to event
- Dragon tail, Cruise 1 and Cruise 2 tree run courses are open

Snowfall numbers
The below numbers are reported by the resort

Cumulative snowfall:
340cm

Natural snow depth:
170cm

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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.

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Archive report: Posted at 7:46am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

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Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Appi Kogen 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 Appi Kogen Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Appi Kogen 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 Appi Kogen 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 0cm 0cm 5cm
27th January 0cm 3cm 10cm
26th January 0cm 0cm 28cm
25th January 2cm 0cm 30cm
24th January 0cm 32cm 45cm
23rd January 0cm 3cm 10cm
22nd January 2cm 15cm 11cm
Previous 7 days total 4cm 53cm 139cm
Previous 14 days total 27cm 74cm 187cm
November observed snowfall total 56cm 20cm 94cm
December observed snowfall total 187cm 316cm 322cm
January observed snowfall total 118cm 201cm 294cm
February observed snowfall total - 124cm 360cm
March observed snowfall total - 93cm 114cm
April observed snowfall total - 25cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 361cm 779cm 1192cm
Appi Kogen 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 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
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 56cm
[56cm]
187cm
[243cm]
118cm
[361cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 20cm
[20cm]
316cm
[336cm]
201cm
[537cm]
124cm
[661cm]
93cm
[754cm]
25cm
[779cm]
0cm
[779cm]
2017/2018 season - 94cm
[94cm]
322cm
[416cm]
294cm
[710cm]
360cm
[1070cm]
114cm
[1184cm]
8cm
[1192cm]
0cm
[1192cm]
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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