Minakami Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st January 2020

Minakami Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:51am on Friday 31st January 2020
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This report
Friday 31st January 2020, 7:51am
Thursday 30th January 2020, 15:13pm 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 11:39am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:15am 5cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 13:36pm 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 7:55am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 187cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 301cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:51am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

More rain fell till around 7pm last night before temps dropped modestly and it turned to snow.

Light accumulation and temps at my place are hovering around zero.

Strong winds were ripping over the ridges above very early but the snow looks to be intensifying and the winds have picked up a little at lower elevations but possibly calmed up high.

Safe bet in Minakami today is likely to be Hodaigi but if the weather backs off there should be quite a lot of snow at Tenjin's higher elevations.


Another message from SnowJapan

This general message is being posted on all our daily reports.
It is not specific to one report or region.

Thank you to everyone who contacted us after the general message we posted in these reports a few days ago (and can also be found here)

It’s great to hear from people, and of course it makes us happy to hear so many messages of support. In the feedback, some questions and comments were brought up—and we would like to answer them in public. Here goes:

About 'official snow depth'

The “official snow depth” numbers displayed on our site come from the ski resorts themselves. The resorts provide their figure to a service, and SnowJapan has an agreement with that service so that we can display these figures. The numbers come as is - without details or explanations - and we have no control over them.

As far as we know, there are no rules or guidelines dictating where the ski resorts take their number from. The top? Middle? Base? Some spot where the wind piles up snow? We just don’t know, so, basically, we all must rely on their honesty.

Over the years, we have learned that many ski resorts are honest in their reporting, with realistic numbers and good information on other conditions. We like and respect that.

Other are…let’s be positive and say, “too optimistic”. There is a lot of exaggeration, if not outright falsehoods. We don’t like that.

A reader recently reported that, while our official number from a resort said 70cm, they discovered on arrival that there was just one run open with artificial snow. Of course, we are very sorry to hear that, and we know how upsetting that is. As we have previously noted, we’re skiers/boarders, too.

Our policy is to always be honest in what we do. With the official figures we’re reporting what you’ll see on each resort’s website and the figures posted by local tourist office and other organizations. That’s why we always tag them as “official snow depth”.

So, what is SnowJapan doing about this?

You’ll note that our reporters filing the Now daily reports do sometimes comment when the official figures are a bit questionable.

We think that the official figures do have meaning and value and we can’t be selective in which resorts we post. It’s all or none. We take them all in and provide them to you.

Perhaps think of them as a suggestion, to be taken with a healthy dose of salt. Take a look at other areas in the region and compare - knowing, though, that the terrain and location can make for very different snow conditions in relatively small areas.

Furthermore, it is often quite interesting to compare the official snow depth numbers with other seasons.

Observed snowfall

The ‘observed snowfall’ figure is 100-percent SnowJapan. Our reporters get out there and measure the snowfall they are seeing at base level. Not at the top of the hill or in a secret stash.

People in slightly different areas (in the same region) are sometimes going to see differences. That’s natural and unavoidable; and we’re not claiming that our reports are definitive or perfect.

But we stand by all our numbers.

Requests for specific recommendations

People often write to ask questions such as, “Should I cancel my planned trip to A and change to B?”

Because we wish to remain unbiased and fair, we strongly feel that it is not our place to make this kind of recommendation of one resort over another. Our independence is what lets us give you solid, unbiased information. We keep that kind of opinion to ourselves.

There is limited advertising on SnowJapan. Our website is an extremely effective place to reach large numbers of skiers and snowboarders who are interested in good information about Japan. But any company or organisation who joins us in that respect is told very clearly upfront that doing so gives them no editorial influence. There’s no exceptions to that and it is a fundamental part of our concept.

Requests for detailed information

People write in often - sometimes more than 50 mails a day - to ask about specific ski resorts, transportation, ski schools, accommodations, etc. Sometimes they are detailed requests to assist with bookings of hotels or ski lessons, or requests for detailed bus and train timetables. (And sometimes, I might add, without even a please or a thank you!)

We simply can’t provide this kind of information. Local tourist associations, booking firms, etc. are all geared to providing information and helping match your needs with services and organizations. We simply aren’t. Just running our website and collecting information from across the Japan ski world and posting it for you is more than a full-time job. (It feels like even more so than usual in this low-snow year!)

As we note on our Contact form, we can’t answer specific questions. We certainly don’t mean to be rude when we don’t answer to questions sent to us, but we aren’t able to respond and still be unbiased…. or get our work done!

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks again and we hope you will keep reading SnowJapan and letting others know about us.

Comments are welcome - we’re always trying to improve and it’s just good to hear from you, even if it’s just a quick ‘hi’.



Normally part open
Note: closed on Tuesdays (apart from 11th February, when it will be closed on 12th February)

Part open
Number 1 and 2 lifts are running
Official snow depth: 60cm

Tanigawa Tenjindaira
Official snow depth: 130cm

Minakami Hodaigi
All Hodaigi lifts running except Number 1
Official snow depth: 70cm

Minakami Kogen Ski Resort
All lifts are running
Official snow depth: 80cm

Norn Minakami
All lifts apart from Number 4 are running and all courses apart from Course A are open
Official snow depth: 70cm

Okutone Snow Park
All lifts apart from Number 1B, 2A and Number 3A are running
5 of 9 courses are open
Official snow depth: 60cm

White Valley
Mostly open
Official snow depth: 30cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:51am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Minakami Now report can be found here

Minakami Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Minakami Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Minakami Now reports up until Friday 31st January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Minakami Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
*as of Friday 31st January 2020
31st January 3cm 0cm -
30th January 0cm 0cm 30cm
29th January 0cm 60cm 1cm
28th January 5cm 12cm 15cm
26th January 0cm 3cm 40cm
25th January 0cm 48cm 50cm
24th January 0cm 35cm 35cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 183cm 211cm
Previous 14 days total 71cm 395cm 220cm
November observed snowfall total 30cm - -
December observed snowfall total 84cm 361cm 385cm
January observed snowfall total 187cm 607cm 389cm
February observed snowfall total - 194cm 263cm
March observed snowfall total - 76cm 16cm
April observed snowfall total - 70cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 301cm 1308cm 1053cm
Minakami Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Minakami 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 - 30cm
- - - -
2018/2019 season - - 361cm
2017/2018 season - - 385cm
2016/2017 season - - 212cm
2015/2016 season - - 154cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
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