Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Friday 31st January 2020

Shiga Kogen Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Shiga Kogen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:47am on Friday 31st January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds generally over the region
Base temp:
-4°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Varying amounts of snow falling at time of report
wind condition
Doesn't feel too windy
visibility condition
Varied but very limited in places
PLEASE READ THIS
This report
Friday 31st January 2020, 8:47am
7cm
Thursday 30th January 2020, 8:06am 0cm
Wednesday 29th January 2020, 9:52am 0cm
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 9:10am 1cm
Monday 27th January 2020, 8:01am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 8:20am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 9:47am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 25cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 101cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 180cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:47am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Morning!

We have fresh snow. Yakebitaiyama are reporting 5cm. Kumanoyu are reporting 10cm.

(Why do Japanese ski resorts always seem to report snowfall in units of 5cm? I can never get my head round that. What does an actual 7.5cm end up as? 5cm or 10cm? Actually I think I know the answer to that one...!)

Anyway it started later in the day yesterday and has been snowing this morning too - though there's also some breaks in the clouds and even some sun shining through in places. No offense, lovely sun, but we'd like you to take a break while the snow continues please!

Having said that, there is some moderate snow coming down over at the Okushiga Kogen area right now. So there's varying conditions this morning depending on which part of Shiga Kogen you are in.

Heavier snow is due overnight tonight; hopefully across the entire region.

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Almost all courses and connections at Shiga Kogen are now open with just a few minor exceptions.

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Photos: Kumanoyu, Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction

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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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Shiga Kogen resort info: Friday 31st January 2020

The below information is manually checked.
Official snow depth numbers are as reported by the ski resorts themselves.

Higashitateyama
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Ichinose Family
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Kumanoyu
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Maruike
- Official snow depth: 60cm

Okushiga Kogen
- Official snow depth: 115cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
- Official snow depth: 90cm

Terakoya
- Official snow depth: 80cm

Yakebitaiyama
- Official snow depth: 100cm

Yokoteyama
- Official snow depth: 100cm

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Originally planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change, so please check with the resorts.
Note that separate lift tickets are required.


Ichinose Diamond
22nd-23rd February 2020
20th-21st March 2020
Quad lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Ichinose Family
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays until 21st March 2020
Number 2 pair B lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Kumanoyu
Every Saturday until 28th March 2020
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 1 pair lift
6:30pm until 9:00pm

Takamagahara Mammoth
Saturdays until 21st March 2020 (not 7th February)
23rd February 2020
20th March 2020
Number 2 triple lift
6:30pm until 8:30pm

Sun Valley
22nd-23rd February 2020
Number 1 quad lift
7:00pm until 8:30pm

Yakebitaiyama
Every Saturday until 29th February 2020
23rd February 2020
Number 3 high speed lift
6:00pm until 8:00pm

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The section of road connecting the southern area of Shiga Kogen (from Yokoteyama onwards) with Gunma Prefecture is now closed for the season. It will be closed until 24th April 2020. Approach Shiga Kogen using Route 292 from the west (Nagano/Nakano/Yamanouchi)

Archive report: Posted at 8:47am on Friday 31st January 2020
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

All areas of Shiga Kogen are open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Shiga Kogen 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 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Friday 31st January 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Shiga Kogen 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 Shiga Kogen 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 7cm 0cm 13cm
30th January 0cm 5cm 14cm
29th January 0cm 34cm 2cm
28th January 1cm 7cm 12cm
27th January 0cm 54cm 18cm
26th January 0cm 12cm 16cm
25th January 0cm 5cm 50cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 117cm 125cm
Previous 14 days total 25cm 205cm 161cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 3cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 59cm 169cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 101cm 312cm 326cm
February observed snowfall total - 97cm 189cm
March observed snowfall total - 106cm 18cm
April observed snowfall total - 60cm 7cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 180cm 747cm 863cm
Shiga Kogen 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 Shiga Kogen 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
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 20cm
[20cm]
59cm
[79cm]
101cm
[180cm]
- - - -
2018/2019 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
169cm
[172cm]
312cm
[484cm]
97cm
[581cm]
106cm
[687cm]
60cm
[747cm]
0cm
[747cm]
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
276cm
[323cm]
326cm
[649cm]
189cm
[838cm]
18cm
[856cm]
7cm
[863cm]
0cm
[863cm]
2016/2017 season - 27cm
[27cm]
215cm
[242cm]
485cm
[727cm]
272cm
[999cm]
136cm
[1135cm]
22cm
[1157cm]
0cm
[1157cm]
2015/2016 season - 7cm
[7cm]
105cm
[112cm]
204cm
[316cm]
147cm
[463cm]
97cm
[560cm]
8cm
[568cm]
0cm
[568cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
10cm
[10cm]
257cm
[267cm]
144cm
[411cm]
214cm
[625cm]
119cm
[744cm]
12cm
[756cm]
0cm
[756cm]
2013/2014 season - 1cm
[1cm]
145cm
[146cm]
188cm
[334cm]
208cm
[542cm]
113cm
[655cm]
0cm
[655cm]
0cm
[655cm]
2012/2013 season 1cm
[1cm]
2cm
[3cm]
126cm
[129cm]
193cm
[322cm]
158cm
[480cm]
60cm
[540cm]
10cm
[550cm]
0cm
[550cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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