Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 24th January 2018

Shiga Kogen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-11°C

Top temp:
-14°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate-heavy snowfall
wind condition
Cold wind
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Wednesday 24th January 2018, 9:11am
19cm
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:58am 12cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 9:00am 4cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:43am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:34am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 9:32am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 9:19am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 36cm
Last 14 reports (total): 71cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 201cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 524cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Shiga Kogen.

I am measuring 19cm of fresh snow this morning. It is snowing now and coming down at quite the pace. I think some will be choosing to sit this out - we're still expecting lots of snow over the next few days.

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Now to get something off my chest.

I can't quite believe the almost total lack of information on the official Shiga Kogen websites about the eruption yesterday at nearby Kusatsu-Shirane.

While that unfortunate event may well not be affecting the operations of any of the Shiga Kogen ski resorts - which is important information in itself - it was surely close enough to warrant some information.

Surely!

I might well be mistaken but I have tried quickly looking at Shiga Kogen individual ski resorts official sources this morning, and the only one that I can see mentioning this is Kumanoyu. Good on you, Kumanoyu. They are correctly saying that it is not affecting the resort.

I'll go calm down now.

In the meantime, here is the message that SnowJapan is putting on all of the Now reports this morning...

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About the volcanic eruption at Kusatsu-Shirane-san in Gunma Prefecture on 23rd January 2018

As you may have heard, yesterday morning there was a limited volcanic eruption followed by an avalanche in western Gunma Prefecture, close to the border with northern Nagano Prefecture. The eruption at Motoshirane happened close to the more famous Kusatsu-Shirane-san - and also the slopes of the Kusatsu Kokusai ski resort. Around 80 skiers were evacuated to an area near the upper area of Kusatsu-Shirane with some trapped in the gondola and on lifts for a while.

Very sadly, as a result of this event there was one fatality and a number of injuries, apparently due to flying rocks and the avalanche. As far as we can tell there have been no further eruptions since yesterday morning.

Our thoughts are with everyone involved and caught up in this.

This incident made the international news with some people visiting Japan asking if their ski resort will be safe, and so we thought we would add this information to our daily reports this morning.

The only ski resort affected by this event is Kusatsu Kokusai in Gunma Prefecture.

It is currently unclear how this will affect the top area of the resort, but it seems that the lower slopes of Kusatsu Kokusai will remain open today – those slopes are quite a distance from the affected area. (And perhaps this is a good example of how Japanese people are used to living with the threat of earthquakes and volcanos!)

The ski resorts in Shiga Kogen (Nagano) and Manza Onsen (Gunma) are the other closest ski resorts, but they are outside of the 2km restricted area -- and are unaffected.

And of course, ski resorts that are further away than that are also totally unaffected.

The central part of Kusatsu town itself is about 7km away from the volcano and so also unaffected.

We hope this information helps.

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Official snow depths numbers reported by different areas of Shiga Kogen:

Please note that these numbers are the official numbers that ski resorts publish and we check and update them each morning.

Giant
130cm

Higashitateyama
150cm

Ichinose Family
170cm

Ichinose Diamond
170cm

Kumanoyu
180cm

Maruike
80cm

Nishitateyama
130cm

Okushiga Kogen
180cm

Sun Valley
80cm

Takamagahara Mammoth
170cm

Terakoya
150cm

Yakebitaiyama
200cm

Yokoteyama
200cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Wednesday 24th January 2018
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Shiga Kogen areas open

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Shiga Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Wednesday 24th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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)
  2017/2018
*as of Wednesday 24th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
24th January 19cm 32cm 3cm
23rd January 12cm 28cm 1cm
22nd January 4cm 7cm 0cm
21st January 0cm 30cm 32cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 20cm
19th January 0cm 3cm 24cm
18th January 1cm 8cm 28cm
Previous 7 days total 36cm 108cm 108cm
Previous 14 days total 71cm 342cm 117cm
November observed snowfall total 47cm 27cm 7cm
December observed snowfall total 276cm 215cm 105cm
January observed snowfall total 201cm 485cm 204cm
February observed snowfall total - 272cm 147cm
March observed snowfall total - 136cm 97cm
April observed snowfall total - 22cm 8cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 524cm 1157cm 568cm
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 24th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 47cm
[47cm]
276cm
[323cm]
201cm
[524cm]
- - - -
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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