Grandeco Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Fair blue skies, bit of cloud
Base temp:
-7°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
W 4m/s
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:55am
11cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 8:36am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:06am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:45am 6cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 8:53am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 8:43am 3cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 8:39am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 40cm
Last 14 reports (total): 125cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 327cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 443cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Good morning from Grandeco.

And it's blue skies this morning!

The rain changed into snow in late morning yesterday and keep falling as snow into the night.

As a result there is more than 10cm of fresh snow at base. Courses are now groomed and ready for the day!

It is a good day for snowshoeing up to Mt. Nishidaiten or Dekodaira Marshland. Don't forget to take GPS, maps and some foods when you get out of the ski resort.

And remember to protect your eyes from the strong sunshine on a day like today.

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Snow Park Information:

[E-Park]
Waves, bank, 7m kicker, 8m kicker

[Decoboco-Park]
6m straight wide box, 6m straight box, wave, volcano, drum can, 6m straight box, 8m straight rail, 6m arch box, 3m table top, 5m table top and bank.
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Lifts operating:

Lifts Operating:

- Gondola
- Number 1 quad lift
- Number 2 quad lift
- Number 3 quad lift
- Number 4 quad lift

Courses open:

All courses now open

Official snow depth:
210cm

Road Condition to Grandeco:
Inawashiro through Goshikinuma: snow
Goshukinuma through Grandeco: snow

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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 8:55am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Grandeco Now report can be found here

Grandeco Now ski lift operation notes:

All lifts and courses open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Grandeco Now observed snowfall data: Recent Grandeco 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 Grandeco Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Grandeco 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 Grandeco 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 11cm 3cm -
30th January 0cm 20cm -
29th January 0cm 2cm -
28th January 6cm 20cm -
27th January 0cm 6cm -
26th January 3cm 1cm -
25th January 20cm 32cm -
Previous 7 days total 40cm 84cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 125cm 139cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm - -
December observed snowfall total 112cm 177cm -
January observed snowfall total 327cm 232cm -
February observed snowfall total - 130cm -
March observed snowfall total - 27cm -
April observed snowfall total - 5cm -
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 443cm 571cm 0cm
Grandeco 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 Grandeco 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
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 4cm
[4cm]
112cm
[116cm]
327cm
[443cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - - 177cm
[177cm]
232cm
[409cm]
130cm
[539cm]
27cm
[566cm]
5cm
[571cm]
0cm
[571cm]
  October November December January February March April May
Grandeco Now reports before Tuesday 31st January 2017
Grandeco Now reports from the same period last season
Grandeco Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Grandeco Now by clicking on the month