Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st January 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Friday 31st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow at the moment but due all day
wind condition
Varied NW
visibility condition
Limited, poor up top
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This report
Friday 31st January 2020, 8:28am
11cm
Thursday 30th January 2020, 8:40am 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 8:44am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 8:10am 0cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 9:41am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:46am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 11cm
Last 14 reports (total): 40cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 120cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 157cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa.

It's great to see some fresh snow on the ground this morning.

The resort is reporting 20cm of fresh up on the top Yamabiko and Uenotaira areas, 10cm at Hikage and Nagasaka and 5cm down at Karasawa. I am measuring 11cm which goes on the report.

So it should be good up there.

These are not huge amounts of snow yet, of course, and we require more - and there should be more to report tomorrow, with heavier snowfall due overnight tonight.

Fingers crossed. Have fun and see you in the morning...

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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’.

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Friday 31st January 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by resort since yesterday morning:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 20cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 130cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 110cm
- Hikage (660m): 50cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 10cm
- Karasawa (563m): 5cm

All lifts normally operating apart from the following lifts:

- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Karasawa pair

All courses normally open apart from the following courses:

- Utopia B
- Kurokura
- Kandahar
- Skyline
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Mukobayashi
- Karasawa
- Hachiman
- Nagasaka link
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Usagi

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 31st January 2020
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Nozawa Onsen 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 Nozawa Onsen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 31st January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
31st January 11cm 0cm 22cm
30th January 0cm 5cm 26cm
29th January 0cm 30cm 2cm
28th January 0cm 7cm 12cm
27th January 0cm 28cm 18cm
26th January 0cm 12cm 26cm
25th January 0cm 22cm 47cm
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Previous 14 days total 40cm 270cm 185cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 2cm 21cm
December observed snowfall total 33cm 202cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total 120cm 425cm 325cm
February observed snowfall total - 170cm 131cm
March observed snowfall total - 58cm 5cm
April observed snowfall total - 29cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 157cm 886cm 700cm
Nozawa Onsen 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 Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
33cm
[37cm]
120cm
[157cm]
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2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
202cm
[204cm]
425cm
[629cm]
170cm
[799cm]
58cm
[857cm]
29cm
[886cm]
0cm
[886cm]
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
325cm
[563cm]
131cm
[694cm]
5cm
[699cm]
1cm
[700cm]
0cm
[700cm]
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
161cm
[163cm]
366cm
[529cm]
196cm
[725cm]
97cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
2015/2016 season - 3cm
[3cm]
100cm
[103cm]
132cm
[235cm]
162cm
[397cm]
75cm
[472cm]
0cm
[472cm]
-
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
437cm
[437cm]
314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
100cm
[115cm]
259cm
[374cm]
168cm
[542cm]
178cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
213cm
[216cm]
311cm
[527cm]
253cm
[780cm]
29cm
[809cm]
15cm
[824cm]
0cm
[824cm]
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