Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light southerly
visibility condition
Good
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 8:43am
12cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:43am 28cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 8:36am 43cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 9:05am 24cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:17am 0cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:36am 1cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 9:15am 19cm
Last 7 reports (total): 127cm
Last 14 reports (total): 247cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 107cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 398cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

Snowfall for most of the day yesterday, apart from a period of clearer skies and a bit of sunshine. But fresh snow on the ground. I am measuring 12cm of since my report yesterday and here is what I am finding from around the resorts:

Kagura (Main): 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata): 5cm
Kagura (Tashiro): 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10cm

This morning the snow has stopped and we are starting the day with cloud cover. Nearby regions are enjoying some clearer skies, so perhaps we will get some of that later on in the day.

The snow might be back tomorrow though the forecasts don't tell us to expect too much.

Temperatures are due to get a little higher on Monday and right now there's rain on the forecast. Not good, let's hope that doesn't happen.

Before then though, we have got lots of fresh snowfdall over the last few days and it should be very nice conditions out there for the upcoming weekend. Hope you can be here to enjoy it.

Monday is a national holiday in Japan; it is likely going to be a very popular weekend. Early start recommended!

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Images today from GALA Yuzawa, NASPA Ski Garden and Ishiuchi Maruyama.

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is an re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

But... as I said, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

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Updated: Friday 5th January 2018

** Official snow depths (where available) and resort specific information. Note that while we manually check this information each morning, sometimes official information is updated later than the time of these reports and so at times there may be an apparent delay.

Ski resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
- 270cm

Iwappara
- 190cm

Kagura
- The top Kagura Number 5 lift is now open for the season
- Kagura area: 320cm
- Mitsumata area: 220cm
- Tashiro area: 270cm

Kandatsu Kogen
- 225cm

Naeba
- 220cm (base)

NASPA Ski Garden
- 240cm

Yuzawa Kogen
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 160cm

Yuzawa Park
- 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
- 160cm

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Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma (just to the north of Yuzawa):

Ishiuchi Maruyama
- 220cm

Joetsu Kokusai
- 180cm

Maiko Snow Resort
- Top: 245cm
- Base: 145cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Closed on Wednesdays between 10th Jan and 14th Mar
- 240cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:43am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Friday 5th January 2018
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa 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 Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 12cm 12cm 0cm
4th January 28cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 43cm 1cm 0cm
2nd January 24cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 13cm
31st December 1cm 2cm 0cm
30th December 19cm 26cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 127cm 41cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 247cm 53cm 86cm
November observed snowfall total 14cm 2cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 277cm 144cm 92cm
January observed snowfall total 107cm 470cm 143cm
February observed snowfall total - 267cm 151cm
March observed snowfall total - 71cm 38cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 398cm 954cm 424cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th January 2018
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa 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
2017/2018 season - 14cm
[14cm]
277cm
[291cm]
107cm
[398cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
470cm
[616cm]
267cm
[883cm]
71cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
559cm
[559cm]
420cm
[979cm]
228cm
[1207cm]
95cm
[1302cm]
1cm
[1303cm]
0cm
[1303cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
5cm
[5cm]
131cm
[136cm]
297cm
[433cm]
204cm
[637cm]
191cm
[828cm]
5cm
[833cm]
0cm
[833cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
8cm
[8cm]
217cm
[225cm]
254cm
[479cm]
238cm
[717cm]
42cm
[759cm]
3cm
[762cm]
0cm
[762cm]
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