Appi Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Appi Kogen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly clear skies
Base temp:

Top temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
wind condition
North Westerly 3-6m/s
visibility condition
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:17am
Thursday 4th January 2018, 12:25pm 8cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 9:43am 15cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 7:32am 30cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:24am 5cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 9:48am 0cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 7:56am 4cm
Last 7 reports (total): 65cm
Last 14 reports (total): 183cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 61cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 477cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Appi,

Another nice day up here with sunshine presently but that should end fairly soon and the clouds will roll in for the rest of the day hopefully dropping a few more cm of snow.

The winds may pickup tomorrow somewhat and stay with us through Sunday night. A sprinkling of snow here and there until Wednesday then we should get another 20+cm.

As far as the open runs go it's not good news. Appi seems to be doing things on the cheap this year and not operating the yellow gondola which serves the second slopes and the covered quad chair that covers the sailor runs during the week. It's obviously a cost saving measure but getting over and staying on those runs means taking slow open chairs. Quite frankly it's a pain and just doesn't make sense at all. If you've got this much snow make sure it's all available Appi! Come on...

Have a great day out there.


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

* Please note: this is an 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.


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.


Planned lift operations on Friday 5th January 2018 (subject to change):

- APPI Gondola
- Central quad
- Central number 2 lift
- Central number 3 lift A
- Central number 5 lift
- Central number 6 lift
- Sailer quad (* apologies - had this noted as the gondola yesterday)
- Nishimori lift

Note: The Sailer Gondola, Central Number 4 lift and Vista quad are usually rested on normal weekdays


Official snow depth:


Archive report: Posted at 8:17am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Appi Kogen Now report can be found here

Appi Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:


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(updated daily during winter)
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Appi Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Appi Kogen Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): 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 at base in the Appi Kogen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
*as of Friday 5th January 2018
5th January 3cm 0cm 5cm
4th January 8cm 10cm 0cm
3rd January 15cm - -
2nd January 30cm 2cm -
1st January 5cm 4cm -
31st December 0cm 4cm -
30th December 4cm 40cm -
Previous 7 days total 65cm 65cm 5cm
Previous 14 days total 183cm 84cm 5cm
November observed snowfall total 94cm - -
December observed snowfall total 322cm 159cm -
January observed snowfall total 61cm 307cm 249cm
February observed snowfall total - 253cm 176cm
March observed snowfall total - 90cm 47cm
April observed snowfall total - 15cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 477cm 824cm 472cm
Appi Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): 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 at base in the Appi 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 - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 94cm
- - - -
2016/2017 season - - 159cm
  October November December January February March April May
Appi Kogen Now reports before Friday 5th January 2018
Appi Kogen Now reports from the same period last season
Appi Kogen Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Appi Kogen Now by clicking on the month