Shiga Kogen Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 6th May 2021

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Thursday 6th May 2021
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Fine and sunny
Base temp:
8°C

Top temp:
4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Very good
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Thursday 6th May 2021, 8:05am
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Monday 3rd May 2021, 8:25am 3cm
Friday 30th April 2021, 9:06am 0cm
Monday 26th April 2021, 8:30am 0cm
Friday 23rd April 2021, 9:01am 0cm
Wednesday 21st April 2021, 7:57am 0cm
Monday 19th April 2021, 8:56am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 8cm
Last 14 reports (total): 8cm
Current month (May 2021) total: 3cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 702cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Thursday 6th May 2021
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Morning.

Golden Week is over and from today we might just get some weather suited to Golden Week. Just the Yokoteyama/Shibutoge and Kumanoyu ski areas of Shiga Kogen remain open. All other ski areas in Shiga Kogen are now closed.

Kumanoyu appears to be planning on being open until Sunday 16th May.

Yokoteyama and Shibutoge lifts plan on being open beyond that. There's no fixed date - they'll stay open basically as long as they can. They often use a lot of words without giving a 'headline', as such, but I'll try my best to squeeze out specific information each time I post a report. ;)

I will update this page at least once a week now until the last ski lift closes for the season.

It's full on spring mode now with decreasing amounts of snow and narrowing courses. Definitely for those looking to enjoy some last tracks of the season in some feel-good weather (hopefully).

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The section of Route 292 between Yokoteyama and Gunma Prefecture is now open.

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Photos today:

- Okushiga Kogen
- Takamagahara
- Hasuike Junction

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End of season general message from SnowJapan
This message is being posted on all of the Now daily reports


First of all, we hope that you and yours are keeping well.

What another strange season 2020-2021 has been.

In terms of snow and conditions, the story of the season can be found in the respective reports. Each region had its own story, of course, but it was certainly great to be able to get back to reporting some heavy snowfall this time round. Spring did once again seem to arrive earlier than we would like, but those fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the snow were able to experience some very fine conditions.

Challenges

Ski areas around Japan made various efforts to deal with the covid-19 situation and while there were some changes to operations here and there, most were able to open for the season. Some ski areas and regions have been affected more than others, but it’s probably safe to say that is has been a challenging period for pretty much everyone involved. In particular, destinations that have enjoyed a lot of foreign visitors in recent years have probably felt a big shock.

Perhaps inevitably, there has been a generally more subdued atmosphere and feel to the season.

Decisions

We made a few decisions before the winter started.

Unfortunately, it was getting obvious that international travel restrictions would be preventing people from entering Japan over the 2020-2021 season. And it was clearly going to be a great disappointment to many.

Even so, we wanted to keep SnowJapan updated as close to normal as possible. We asked our reporters to mention ‘the news’ when it seemed appropriate, but not to dwell on it too much. After all, people are not coming to SnowJapan to read about covid every day. We hope we got that difficult balance right.

Daily reports and updates are an important part of the site. They are popular with people while they are visiting Japan, but people also read our archive reports to see how previous seasons turned out and to make comparisons. Indeed, this last season we have noticed that a lot of you have been following from overseas – even if you weren’t able to come and enjoy the snow in person.

We would like to say a big public thank you to the reporters who did another fine job covering the 2020-2021 winter season on SnowJapan, in some challenging circumstances. Thanks to those efforts, we have another full season of data to add to our records.

Hopefully that information will continue to be of value to people making plans for a future visit to Japan.

Questions

The world knows much more about covid-19 in May 2021 than it did in April 2020, but in some ways we end this season with some of the same questions we were asking last year…

Everyone wants to know what the situation will be in six months’ time. There’s definitely brighter wider news and reasons to be positive, but big questions remain on how ‘open’ Japan might be for overseas visitors by the time the snow starts falling again.

No-one knows, of course.

Like last year, all we can do is try to keep a positive mindset and hope that progress will be made, and that overseas friends will be able to visit once again.

Looking Ahead

Whatever happens regarding the international travel situation, SnowJapan plans to be here reporting the 2021-2022 winter season.

2020-2021 might now be over, but as usual we are busy working on various stuff for the future. We’ll let you know what we’re up to later in the year.

In the meantime, if you are interested in old ski areas from the past around Japan, the SnowJapanHistory (www.snowjapanhistory.com) website will continue to be updated regularly. Over there you can find details on over 160 ski areas, including at least one that closed back in the 1960s (!)

Anyway, that’s it for now. Thanks for reading and your support. If you want to get in touch, as always you can contact us using this form.

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe… and we’ll see you later in the year.

(Hopefully with good news!)

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Thursday 6th May 2021
The latest Shiga Kogen Now report can be found here

Shiga Kogen Now ski lift operation notes:

Yokoteyama and Kumanoyu are part open.
All other ski areas in Shiga Kogen are now closed.

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Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Shiga Kogen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th May 2021
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Shiga Kogen Now reports up until Thursday 6th May 2021
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Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th May 2021
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)
  2020/2021
*as of Thursday 6th May 2021
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
6th May 0cm 0cm -
3rd May 3cm - -
30th April 0cm - 0cm
26th April 0cm - -
23rd April 0cm - -
21st April 0cm - -
19th April 5cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 8cm 6cm 2cm
Previous 14 days total 8cm 34cm 36cm
November observed snowfall total 12cm 20cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 216cm 59cm 169cm
January observed snowfall total 233cm 101cm 312cm
February observed snowfall total 216cm 245cm 97cm
March observed snowfall total 17cm 130cm 106cm
April observed snowfall total 5cm 12cm 60cm
May observed snowfall total 3cm 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 702cm 567cm 747cm
Shiga Kogen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 6th May 2021
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
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 12cm
[12cm]
216cm
[228cm]
233cm
[461cm]
216cm
[677cm]
17cm
[694cm]
5cm
[699cm]
3cm
[702cm]
2019/2020 season - 20cm
[20cm]
59cm
[79cm]
101cm
[180cm]
245cm
[425cm]
130cm
[555cm]
12cm
[567cm]
0cm
[567cm]
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]
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