Appi Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Appi Kogen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-12°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow showers
wind condition
Westerly 11m/s
visibility condition
Restricted
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 9:29am
25cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 10:11am 5cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 10:47am 5cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 10:42am 12cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 10:48am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 10:38am 10cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 10:40am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 71cm
Last 14 reports (total): 123cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 307cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 466cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Appi,

Another day of snow yesterday and more to come today and tomorrow although today will only bring us 5cm or so tomorrow is looking fabulous.

Cloudy skies this morning and a temperature on the gauge of -5. Appi had added yet another 10cm to the base bringing the total to 160cm of lovely white powder. Falling temperatures through Saturday with the summit being a lovely -17 tomorrow evening. You are reading correctly. The wind chill will push it down to a rather chilly -34 especially if the high winds that are forecast show up at our door. Lets hope they don’t.

Although the temperatures are supposed to plummet tomorrow we’re also going to see another 20+cm of snowfall. I’m hoping that the high winds don’t negate any additional snow that falls seeing as we may see near white out conditions by early evening. Rest assured the weekend will bring calmer winds making it another fun filled Saturday and Sunday for those venturing our way.

Expect another quite mountain in regards to numbers throughout the week. Dress appropriately as the wind chill today at the summit will be around -24.

Have a terrific Tuesday.

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Currently planned operating lifts (subject to change due to weather conditions):

Appi Gondola
Central quad
Central number 2
Central number 3a
Central number 4
Central number 5
Central number 6
Sailer Gondola
Sailer quad
Vista quad
Nishimori

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Official snow depth:

160cm

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A message from SnowJapan

Firstly, we would again like to thank everyone who has sent in messages this season regarding our daily reports and website in general. We read them all and appreciate the feedback. And we hope that if you have already visited Japan this season, you timed it well with conditions at your chosen destination.

It is perhaps inevitable that some people will compare the daily Now reports from different regions of Japan, and in particularly the observed new snowfall data that is posted on the reports. But if you do that please keep in mind that doing so is not really comparing like-for-like… and it’s certainly not ‘the whole picture’.

By comparing the observed snowfall data, essentially you are comparing how much snow is falling at base areas. While we believe that is a very interesting and useful piece of data - and is in fact the only practical first-hand data that could possibly be consistently recorded once a day – it is only one part of the situation.

Other important information, including the snowfall that ski resorts themselves might be reporting at higher elevations, can be found within the text of the report when available.

That is why we highly recommend that if you really want to get a more complete picture of what is going on in each of the areas covered in our reports, you should go through the individual reports including all the archives.

A few other quick points:

Each report is written independently from the other reports, by different people.

The reports are not ‘connected’ in any way.

For one reporter, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘cold’. For another reporter, on the same day, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘relatively warm’.

For one reporter, 15cm of snowfall overnight might be described as ‘a lot’. For another reporter, on the same day, 15cm of snowfall might be described as less exciting.

The person posting Niseko Now is reporting from Niseko, and is not making comparisons with any of the other reports, or considering what is happening elsewhere. (Unless clearly stated of course).

The person posting Hakuba Now is reporting from Hakuba, and the same applies.

While each report is coming to you from the respective resort base areas, some ski resorts have much more ‘vertical’ than others. Some will experience much more of a difference in the amount of snow that falls at base/village level than falls at higher elevations.

And one more very important thing.

If the reporters pretended to be overly-excited about conditions even when they are actually sub-par… not only would that be intentionally misleading, but how would you then know when they really were genuinely excited by excellent conditions?

Being able to clearly distinguish between varying situations is one of the real advantages of not feeling any need to talk up or sugar-coat conditions. Remember, we’re not a glossy travel brochure selling you holidays and tours.

What we are trying to do is to provide our readership with honest, interesting and informative reports. And we will continue to do that.

If you didn’t read the previous general messages that we posted on our daily reports, you can find them here.

Thank you!

Archive report: Posted at 9:29am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Appi Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Open - see above for operating lifts

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Appi Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Appi Kogen Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(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 Tuesday 31st January 2017
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)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 31st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st January 25cm 0cm -
30th January 5cm 0cm -
29th January 5cm 1cm -
28th January 12cm 2cm -
27th January 0cm 3cm -
26th January 10cm 1cm -
25th January 14cm 6cm -
Previous 7 days total 71cm 13cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 123cm 79cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total - - -
December observed snowfall total 159cm - -
January observed snowfall total 307cm 249cm -
February observed snowfall total - 176cm -
March observed snowfall total - 47cm -
April observed snowfall total - 0cm -
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 466cm 472cm 0cm
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - 159cm
[159cm]
307cm
[466cm]
- - - -
  October November December January February March April May
Appi Kogen Now reports before Tuesday 31st January 2017
Appi Kogen Now reports from the same period last season
Appi Kogen Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Appi Kogen Now by clicking on the month