Naeba Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 15th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow and cloud all over the shop
Base temp:
-8°C

Top temp:
-16°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Varying between heavy and light snow
wind condition
Not too much to worry about
visibility condition
Low light lens essential today
This report
Sunday 15th January 2017, 9:12am
80cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 10:13am 55cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:54am 18cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 9:07am 5cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 9:11am 17cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 8:09am 20cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 7:50am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 215cm
Last 14 reports (total): 270cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 271cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 438cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

A very good morning from Naeba everybody.

There is so much snow! As of yesterday's report the snow has not really abated with some periods of the day experiencing more than 10cm of snow per hour! Conditions are deep and powdery with powder pockets available most of if not the whole day.

Today's snow is a little difficult to exactly pin point in terms of centimeters on the ground. In some places there is well over a meter of fresh snow accumulation whereas in other places the number is closer to around 60 centimeters due to the wind stripping certain areas. The most consistent measurement I am getting though is 80 cm which is why that is the official measurement for today. It's a really huge number to be sure - and it is also more than the resort themselves are saying themselves - but it's what we are measuring so... :)

The weather forecast is still predicting for this storm to carry on until Tuesday and then a brief respite with heavy snow again starting from Friday afternoon.

In certain areas the snow is deep enough to easily bury a fully grown adult.

Be safe out there kids!

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Oh no, it’s another general message from SnowJapan!

Apologies for taking up space on the reports again, but we have had a few people asking why our reports don’t appear much earlier in a morning. It’s a fair question and I’ll try to answer it. There are a few reasons...

First, it seems necessary to point out that we are not a ski resort and our reports are not official ski resort reports. Some people seem to think (or just presume) these things. If we owned and operated a ski resort, I’m fairly certain that we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible each morning - how much new snow at top and at base, snow depth, conditions. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. But we’re not official ski resorts/reports.

These things are what ski resorts should ideally be doing, right?

It varies, but a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning updates after 8am - and sometimes later. If we (SnowJapan) posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - like news of how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting, news of any early morning lift disruption at the start of the day, etc. We would often be missing that kind of information.

We like to think of our reports as a season-long ongoing commentary, rather than simply an early morning report for people who are going to be queuing for the first lift of the day. And after all, people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and hitting the first lifts can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside of the window when they get up.

If we posted our reports just for the benefit of those people, the reports would not be as good or detailed as they are. We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports.

In addition, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast before posting, they may need to dig themselves out of their home, they may need to see to other complexities life throws at them. And - some of the reports in particular - take much longer than just a few minutes to put together each morning.

For a bit more on that kind of thing, please refer to my previous message. It can be found here:

Our message last week

There are many new people using the website, and our traffic records are being broken every day at the moment. Thank you. Please be sure to read our “About” pages associated with the daily report pages and ski resort listing pages – they cover a lot of information.

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Archive report: Posted at 9:12am on Sunday 15th January 2017
The latest Naeba Now report can be found here

Naeba Now ski lift operation notes:

Lifts running today are:
-Beginner lift No.4 08:00-17:00
-High Speed lift No.5 08:30-20:30
-Prince Gondola No.2 08:30-16:00 (last ride up 15:30)
-Takenokodaira Romance Lift 08:45-15:45
-High Speed Lift No.4 09:00-16:30
-High Speed Lift No.3 08:00-20:30

Closed Lifts Today Include:
-Takenokoyama Romance Lift
-Prince Gondola No.1
-High Speed Lift No.2
-Huichi Pair Lift No.1
-The Dragondola

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Naeba Now reports up until Sunday 15th January 2017
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Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Naeba Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 15th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th January 80cm 3cm -
14th January 55cm 2cm -
13th January 18cm 0cm -
12th January 5cm 0cm -
11th January 17cm 5cm -
10th January 20cm 4cm -
9th January 20cm 7cm -
Previous 7 days total 215cm 21cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 270cm 46cm 0cm
November observed snowfall total 17cm 0cm -
December observed snowfall total 150cm 80cm -
January observed snowfall total 271cm 180cm 10cm
February observed snowfall total - 163cm 230cm
March observed snowfall total - 90cm 116cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 438cm 513cm 356cm
Naeba Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 15th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Naeba 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 17cm
[17cm]
150cm
[167cm]
271cm
[438cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season - 0cm
[0cm]
80cm
[80cm]
180cm
[260cm]
163cm
[423cm]
90cm
[513cm]
0cm
[513cm]
-
2014/2015 season - - - 10cm
[10cm]
230cm
[240cm]
116cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
0cm
[356cm]
2013/2014 season - 0cm
[0cm]
- - - - - -
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
219cm
[222cm]
283cm
[505cm]
252cm
[757cm]
37cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
0cm
[794cm]
  October November December January February March April May
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