Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Monday 12th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Monday 12th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sunny skies
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight southerly
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:44am
15cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:54am 26cm
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:39am 8cm
Friday 9th December 2016, 8:35am 0cm
Thursday 8th December 2016, 7:30am 1cm
Wednesday 7th December 2016, 8:44am 1cm
Tuesday 6th December 2016, 8:57am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 51cm
Last 14 reports (total): 51cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 51cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 53cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Monday 12th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

That was a very satisfying weekend! Lots of snow falling and the first real 'mid-winter feel' of the season, at town level anyway. Dare I say it, it felt more like two seasons ago than last season. Check the archive reports to see what I mean by that! But, lets not get too over-excited just yet...

So it was snowing for most of the day yesterday and heavily at times too. I have recorded another 15cm of snowfall since my report yesterday morning. There's a nice blanket of snow everywhere this morning.

And what a morning it is too! The sun is out and we have clear blue skies over Yuzawa. Stunning. It is a fairly cold start to the morning but will warm up a bit, to perhaps around +4C this afternoon.

Tomorrow is going to be warmer still and later on in the day it's looking like we are going to get rained on in lower elevations. The good news is that by Wednesday it should be snowing again.

In most seasons we do actually get a layer of snow down in town that melts away before we get the snow that remains for the winter. What will it be this season? Will this layer remain? We'll just have to wait and see what happens day by day, and I will of course bring you the latest every morning.

I was half expecting Maiko Snow Resort to say they might be opening this morning, but as of 9am there is no word from them yet. They did mention that they had 30cm of snow at the base of the resort yesterday afternoon though. Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai also remain 'on standby'.

Resort-specific info as of Monday 12th December 2016

Ski resorts that are currently open in the region:
Kagura
Almost all of Kagura is now open. They are reporting 15-20cm of fresh snow overnight.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 120cm
Mitsumata - 80cm
Tashiro - 100cm

Naeba
The lower slopes of Naeba are open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Planned opening dates for other resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Opening as soon as there is enough snow:
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 16th December:
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 17th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Wednesday 21st December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Thursday 22nd December:
NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 23rd December:
Chateau Shiozawa
Ipponsugi
Itsukamachi

Saturday 24th December:
Hakkai Sanroku
Mt Granview

Wednesday 28th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

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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.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily from 23rd December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 from 28th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 December, January and February and also on 23rd December and 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, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Monday 12th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Kagura and Naeba are both open with other resorts waiting for more snow

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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Monday 12th December 2016
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Monday 12th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
12th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
11th December 26cm 0cm 0cm
10th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
9th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
8th December 1cm 0cm 25cm
7th December 1cm 0cm 80cm
6th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
Previous 7 days total 51cm 0cm 120cm
Previous 14 days total 51cm 0cm 120cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 51cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 53cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 12th December 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
51cm
[53cm]
- - - - -
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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