Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 28th January 2020

Shiga Kogen Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Shiga Kogen region, Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud, wind, snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Blowing snow
wind condition
Windy
visibility condition
Varied
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This report
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
Friday 24th January 2020, 9:25am 0cm
Thursday 23rd January 2020, 9:03am 0cm
Wednesday 22nd January 2020, 9:44am 7cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 34cm
Current month (January 2020) total: 94cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 173cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Good morning.

It is very windy this morning. Wind is blowing snow around and affecting a number of lifts - looks like Okushiga Kogen, Yokoteyama and Shibutoge are closed, with some other lifts affected.

Not that cold.

And while snow does seem to be coming down - or is it going up?! - I think I can add 1cm to the report, sort of. Wind is making it difficult.

It's not the most pleasant of days to be out there (not for me!) but if you are going I would check before heading out. I think those cheeky Snow Monkeys are going to have a lot of visitors today...

Better news is due for Thursday/Friday. I like that 'heavy snow' note on the forecasts. Let's have some of that please.

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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.

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

There is not as much snow as usual.

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Photos: Takamagahara and Hasuike Junction

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Shiga Kogen resort info: Monday 27th March 2020

The below information is manually checked for each report.
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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Planned night time operations at the Shiga Kogen ski areas are as follows; subject to change. 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 9:10am on Tuesday 28th January 2020
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Some lifts and resorts affected by strong winds this morning

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(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 Tuesday 28th January 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Tuesday 28th 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 Tuesday 28th 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 Tuesday 28th January 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
28th January 1cm 7cm 12cm
27th January 0cm 54cm 18cm
26th January 0cm 12cm 16cm
25th January 0cm 5cm 50cm
24th January 0cm 25cm 19cm
23rd January 0cm 4cm 12cm
22nd January 7cm 26cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 133cm 131cm
Previous 14 days total 34cm 174cm 132cm
November observed snowfall total 20cm 3cm 47cm
December observed snowfall total 59cm 169cm 276cm
January observed snowfall total 94cm 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 173cm 747cm 863cm
Shiga 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 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
2019/2020 season - 20cm
[20cm]
59cm
[79cm]
94cm
[173cm]
- - - -
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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