Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 11th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
It's snowing
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
North westerly
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:36am
23cm
Tuesday 10th January 2017, 7:33am 1cm
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:42am 0cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 9:00am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 9:52am 13cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:45am 12cm
Last 7 reports (total): 49cm
Last 14 reports (total): 79cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 50cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 196cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Soon after posting the report yesterday, I was off out for a ski. By the time I was in the gondola at Maiko Snow Resort, I was really surprised at how clear it was turning out to be and also how much snow there was hanging on the trees. While there had been hardly any fresh snow on lower levels, it was different higher up with about 20cm of fresh and some really nice conditions to boot. By late morning there was hardly a cloud in the sky - it had turned into a beautiful morning. That wasn't something that the forecast said...

The contrast between the upper Okusoeji area of the resort (lots of nice fresh snow and it hanging on the trees) and the base (no fresh snow and it very thin on the ground) was quite stark. But it was certainly very good to see that fine conditions could be found - just need to go and seek them.

By mid afternoon the skies were mostly grey... and then later on it rained again.

I'm prepared to forget about that quickly though because this morning there's lovely fresh snow on the ground, it is snowing quite nicely, and it looks like we're in for a treat still through until at least early next week.

This morning there's nearly 25cm on the ground - in town areas. And here is what I can get from resorts:

Kagura: 20cm-30cm
Mitsumata: 30cm
Tashiro: 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 20cm-40cm

As I am writing this report and in the last few minutes it has actually just stopped snowing and I can even see a glimpse of some sky behind the fast-moving clouds... I think (hope) that it's just temporary and we should be back to the snow quickly. The forecast is for snow with particularly heavy snow from Friday through the weekend.

I sense this will be the real turning point of the season. In a good way. :)

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Resort-specific info as of Wednesday 11th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
All three areas now open.
13 courses are open in total as well as the sledding area.
Official snow depth: 190cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are operating and most course areas are available.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Iwappara
Mostly open - just a few courses now not open. 6 lifts and 17 courses are available.
Official snow depth: 65cm

Joetsu Kokusai
17 lifts are operating and 17 courses are open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are open.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 210cm
Mitsumata - 180cm
Tashiro - 160cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now 'fully open'. (Note that Milky Way and Andromeda courses are open only on weekends and holidays).
Official snow depth: 150cm

Maiko Snow Resort
All lifts now operating as planned and most courses are available.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 160cm
Base - 30cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
All planned lifts are now operating and all main courses now open.
Note that the Number 2 lift and one course only operate on weekends and holidays.
Official snow depth: 120cm

Naeba
All lifts and areas now open. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details.
Official snow depth: 130cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul course) are open.
Official snow depth: 95cm

Yuzawa Kogen
All lifts operating and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
Top - 130cm
Base - 60cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now fully open.
Official snow depth: 75cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is open with all lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 70cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Iwappara
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Naeba
Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:36am on Wednesday 11th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Most places now open and close to fully opening. With the snow due over the next few days, should be soon!

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  2016/2017
*as of Wednesday 11th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
11th January 23cm 5cm 25cm
10th January 1cm 0cm 25cm
9th January 0cm 5cm 35cm
8th January 0cm 6cm 30cm
7th January 0cm 0cm 20cm
6th January 13cm 0cm 0cm
5th January 12cm 0cm 0cm
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Previous 14 days total 79cm 60cm 267cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 50cm 143cm 420cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 228cm
March observed snowfall total - 38cm 95cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 196cm 424cm 1303cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 11th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
50cm
[196cm]
- - - -
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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