Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 13th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Friday 13th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
Westerly
visibility condition
Poor - very poor
This report
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:10am
24cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 9:12am 19cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 67cm
Last 14 reports (total): 95cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 93cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 239cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

The beautiful heavy snowfall continues here in Yuzawa.

Since my report yesterday morning I measure another 24cm of fresh snow on the ground. (And counting).

And as ski resorts, this is how much fresh snow they are reporting this morning:

Naeba: 10-20cm or 20-30cm (the resort seems to be saying both!)
Kagura: 20cm
Kagura (Mitsumata area): 20cm
Kagura (Tashiro area): 15cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 30-50cm

* For those of you new to the reports, the only reason I mention those resorts in particular is because they are the ones that actually publish such numbers daily. If others did, I'd mention those too!

And here's out first-hand observations on the ground of the snowfall since the report yesterday.

Outside our place in Minamiuonuma (not far from Maiko and Ishiuchi Maruyama just to the north of Yuzawa): 20cm

At our measuring spot in Yuzawa town: 24cm

And... the snow is still forecast to continue falling - at times heavily - until at least early in the week and probably beyond. Heaviest due over the weekend.

Curiously it doesn't feel that cold.

There's big flakes coming down at quite some speed. The 'walls of snow' that develop by the side of the roads are starting to appear - though they have some way to go yet before being the 3m in height that they have known to be. Let's see how big they can get over the next few days.

Yes. This all feels... right! :)

If you like skiing or snowboarding while heavy snow is falling and visibility is limited, it should be really great out there this morning. Do take care in these conditions though. If you want to wait until the storm passes, it's might be an idea to consider leaving it until at least early next week. Though of course sometimes we just have to ski when we get the chance. Wrap up well and enjoy!

One thing is for certain, this snowfall will breathe new life into all the resorts in the region and they can concentrate on just getting on with peak season.

There'll be lots of smiling faces around now.

Including mine.

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On a very sad note, it was on the news yesterday about two snowboarders missing for a few days. They had gone up to Kagura for some backcountry riding (according to the news) and are still missing. Apparently the search will continue this morning but it's going to be difficult in these conditions.

Let's hope that particular story can end with good news.

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Official snow depth information as of Friday 13th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 210cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 170cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 100cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 120cm

Kagura
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 240cm
Mitsumata - 210cm
Tashiro - 190cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 180cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 200cm
Base - 70cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 200cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 140cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 115cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 160cm
Base - 90cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 110cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 85cm

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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 8:10am on Friday 13th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Pretty much everywhere should be open now.

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 13th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
13th January 24cm 1cm 20cm
12th January 19cm 1cm 30cm
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
Previous 7 days total 67cm 18cm 185cm
Previous 14 days total 95cm 31cm 315cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 93cm 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 239cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 13th January 2017
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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
93cm
[239cm]
- - - -
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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