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

Myoko Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:02am on Friday 31st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Coming down pretty nice now
wind condition
visibility condition
Reduced in areas by snow
This report
Friday 31st January 2020, 8:02am
Thursday 30th January 2020, 8:25am 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 8:42am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:26am 0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:17am 1cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 9:11am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:34am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 35cm
Last 14 reports (total): 90cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 248cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 318cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Snow! It started wet, and it's pretty wet and cohesive now, but getting better and even picking up a bit. Dare I say it, it's Myoko-style out there.

Not the heaviest, but a nice change from the recent trends. And really needed; Kurohime is running again (even though they're only reporting 10cm, which I think is less than is actually out there. But thanks for not over-reporting!).

Niigata's offical report has...OK, I won't jinx it, but over 30cm. So things are definitely going in the right direction. And if we look at the forecast as kindly provided by SnowJapan on another page, there is good reason for qualified optimism.


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’.


Akakura Kanko:
110cm, -4°C
All lifts operating

Akakura Onsen:
115cm, 2°C
Most main lifts running

Ikenotaira Onsen:
100cm, -4°
Capsule pair, Ikenotaira Quad, Karamatsu pair, AB1 & AB2 lifts running

Myoko Suginohara:
110cm, -6°
All lifts except Mitahara No. 2 Romance

Seki Onsen:
180cm, -6°

Myoko Ski Park:
50cm, 9°

Kyukamura RunRun:
100cm, 0°

Tangram Ski Circus:
45cm, 0° (I think this is yesterday's info)
All lifts running

Madarao Kogen:
80cm, -4°
All getting ready except No. 13

Lotte Arai Resort
232cm, 0°
Arai Gondola, Zendana and Okenashi lifts running; Sanroku Nos. 1 and 2 closed

Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
10cm, 4°
All running except the two Family lifts

Archive report: Posted at 8:02am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Myoko Now report can be found here

Myoko Now ski lift operation notes:

Most main lifts operating

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Myoko Now reports up until Friday 31st January 2020
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Myoko 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 Myoko Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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*as of Friday 31st January 2020
31st January 29cm 0cm 0cm
30th January 0cm 3cm 54cm
29th January 0cm 56cm 10cm
28th January 0cm 0cm 11cm
27th January 1cm 45cm 22cm
26th January 0cm 32cm 41cm
25th January 5cm 6cm 51cm
Previous 7 days total 35cm 142cm 189cm
Previous 14 days total 90cm 380cm 252cm
November observed snowfall total 11cm 5cm 81cm
December observed snowfall total 59cm 475cm 468cm
January observed snowfall total 248cm 648cm 524cm
February observed snowfall total - 397cm 250cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 33cm
April observed snowfall total - 83cm 6cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 318cm 1705cm 1362cm
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  October November December January February March April May
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2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 11cm
- - - -
2018/2019 season - 5cm
2017/2018 season - 81cm
2016/2017 season - 12cm
2015/2016 season - 0cm
2014/2015 season - 0cm
2013/2014 season - 20cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
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