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Geto Kogen Now

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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 7:40am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
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This report
Tuesday 28th January 2020, 7:40am
Monday 27th January 2020, 7:55am 0cm
Sunday 26th January 2020, 7:46am 0cm
Saturday 25th January 2020, 10:45am 0cm
Friday 24th January 2020, 7:55am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 7:22am 1cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 7:48am 3cm
Last 7 reports (total): 4cm
Last 14 reports (total): 53cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 172cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 467cm

Good morning from Geto.

It has been a fairly clear early morning but there has been more cloud gathering. The forecast for today is cloudy with the chance of some snowfall later on.

Calm too.

There's no fresh snow to report - we have been about 5 days without any fresh now, so I think we are all looking forward to getting a fresh supply.


A message from SnowJapan

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It is not specific to one report or region.

What’s going on?

Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow).

It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves.

But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas.

Covering the winter season in our daily reports is normally a real joy. It’s a lot of fun to share all the amazingly deep snowfalls. And then, of course, going out to sample it ourselves!

So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often.

SnowJapan is not here to sell Japan as a destination, or to promote any one area over another. We are not a ski resort or a tourism association – we are 100-percent independent. Our commitment is to provide you with the most honest and accurate information we can, with the voices of our local reporters. We gather official information from the ski areas but also provide commentary and an inside view of what is really out there for you.

In this year of low (and still, sadly, no snow in some places), reporting is tougher than usual. We do not want to be negative or take away from the fun, because we know you are out on the slopes and there still is good skiing. We just try to keep a sense of balance, and sometimes that means commenting on the weather, or on overly enthusiastic snow depths being reported by resorts, or on developments in their local areas.

Our reporters are human, of course. We know that they bring good data to our pages but also interesting, even opinionated comments, and usually with a good sense of humour. They are all people who want to be with you out on the slopes, after all! Many of you have written in to tell us that you appreciate our reports, and the honesty we bring - and we thank you for this.

In fact, SnowJapan has seen a significant increase in traffic to our site this year. We believe a main reason is because people are looking for good information they can trust, and here is where they can find it. While that is positive news for the website itself, we would happily trade in some of it for heavy snow if we possibly could...

We do care very much about the Japan snow world, about the resorts and towns, and of course our readers, the most important reason why we do this work. SnowJapan has been here for over 20 years. This site has been developed with a lot of love, care and effort. I believe we can honestly say that we have played a major part in introducing the world to winter sports in Japan, and we are proud to have been recognized for this by the Japanese ski industry.

As we enter February, our hope is that the rest of the season will see more of what should be normal - heavy snow across the country - and that this year will go down as the exception to be looked back on and remembered.

Whatever happens, though, you can trust SnowJapan to report the real conditions to you. Not negative, but not sugar-coated. The truth, with a touch of original and hopefully interesting commentary.

Thanks, as always, for joining us on the site and reading our content.

If you do enjoy using our site, please do let others know about us. That does help us keep on doing what we are doing. And if you wish to contact us, you can do so using this contact form.

Now, let’s get out in the snow!


Official snow depths:

* Top: 220cm
* Base: 150cm

Planned operating lift information - subject to change:

* Number 1 Gondola
* Number 2 Gondola (operates on weekends and holidays only)
* Number 1 pair lift
* Number 2 pair lift
* Quad lift

Courses & Tree Runs - subject to change:

* All of the main official courses are available
* Rabbit, Summit, Beech and Stream tree run courses plan to be open today
* Extreme and Shooter tree run courses not yet available

Nighta skiing operations

* Weekends and holidays from until 24th February 2020

Geto Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

See above

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Geto Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Geto Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Geto Kogen Now reports up until Tuesday 28th January 2020
(View more analysis here)
Geto Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Geto Kogen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View more analysis here)
*as of Tuesday 28th January 2020
28th January 0cm 0cm 15cm
27th January 0cm 0cm 30cm
26th January 0cm 0cm 45cm
25th January 0cm 7cm 70cm
24th January 0cm 34cm 30cm
23rd January 1cm 6cm 13cm
22nd January 3cm 42cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 4cm 89cm 213cm
Previous 14 days total 53cm 205cm 228cm
November observed snowfall total 88cm 29cm 150cm
December observed snowfall total 207cm 393cm 439cm
January observed snowfall total 172cm 375cm 442cm
February observed snowfall total - 321cm 434cm
March observed snowfall total - 102cm 42cm
April observed snowfall total - 59cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 467cm 1279cm 1515cm
Geto Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 28th January 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Geto Kogen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - 88cm
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2018/2019 season - 29cm
2017/2018 season - 150cm
  October November December January February March April May
Geto Kogen Now reports before Tuesday 28th January 2020
Geto Kogen Now reports from the same period last season
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View previous reports posted to Geto Kogen Now by clicking on the month