Madarao Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Madarao Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Generally cloudy
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 9:01am
14cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 7:59am 21cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 9:01am 34cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:13am 12cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:44am 0cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:18am 0cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 9:46am 22cm
Last 7 reports (total): 103cm
Last 14 reports (total): 210cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 81cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 421cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Morning all.

There's not a huge amount of snow since my last report, though more than the 0cm that the resort seems to be reporting this morning.

But still we have had some good snowfall over the last few days so there are very good conditions out there. Good in time for the upcoming weekend.

Generally cloudy this morning but may we see sunshine today?

The 'Madarao Fire Festival' is coming up soon... on Saturday 13th January.

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is a re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

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Official snow depth:
210cm

Operating lifts:

Number 1 lift
Number 2 quad lift
Number 3A lift
Super quad lift
Number 11 lift
Number 12 lift
Number 13 lift
Number 15 lift

Powder Wave I
Powder Wave II
River Line
Adventure Aisle
Crystal Bowl
Ninja
Sawa
Rabbit
Kamoshika
Bear

Kids Park
Snow Mobile Land

Planned nighta operations this season:

7th January 2018
11th February 2018
Every Saturday between 4th January and 24th March 2018

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Madarao Now report can be found here

Madarao Now ski lift operation notes:

Open - all tree runs now open too!

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Recent Madarao Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Madarao Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Madarao 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 Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 14cm 7cm 0cm
4th January 21cm 2cm 0cm
3rd January 34cm 7cm 0cm
2nd January 12cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 19cm
31st December 0cm 4cm 0cm
30th December 22cm 48cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 103cm 68cm 21cm
Previous 14 days total 210cm 127cm 104cm
November observed snowfall total 60cm 9cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 280cm 211cm 99cm
January observed snowfall total 81cm 408cm 161cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 124cm
March observed snowfall total - 94cm 99cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - -
Season observed snowfall total 421cm 918cm 483cm
Madarao Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Madarao 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 - 60cm
[60cm]
280cm
[340cm]
81cm
[421cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 9cm
[9cm]
211cm
[220cm]
408cm
[628cm]
196cm
[824cm]
94cm
[918cm]
0cm
[918cm]
-
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
99cm
[99cm]
161cm
[260cm]
124cm
[384cm]
99cm
[483cm]
0cm
[483cm]
-
2014/2015 season - 5cm
[5cm]
406cm
[411cm]
327cm
[738cm]
221cm
[959cm]
96cm
[1055cm]
- -
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
117cm
[117cm]
267cm
[384cm]
205cm
[589cm]
145cm
[734cm]
- -
2012/2013 season - 0cm
[0cm]
223cm
[223cm]
352cm
[575cm]
355cm
[930cm]
82cm
[1012cm]
0cm
[1012cm]
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  October November December January February March April May
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