Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Monday 15th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:30am on Monday 15th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-9°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Heavy snow
wind condition
Moderate wind
Very limited
This report
Monday 15th December 2014, 7:30am
100cm
Sunday 14th December 2014, 8:13am 60cm
Saturday 13th December 2014, 7:46am 15cm
Friday 12th December 2014, 7:46am 0cm
Thursday 11th December 2014, 8:13am 0cm
Wednesday 10th December 2014, 8:01am 0cm
Tuesday 9th December 2014, 7:57am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 175cm
Last 14 reports (total): 295cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 295cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 295cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:30am on Monday 15th December 2014
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

It hasn't stopped snowing since yesterday.

It's relentless!

It's one of those times when numbers are difficult to be accurate with and in a way kind of meaningless. I think yesterday morning in my report I actually under-reported - there was more like 70cm on the ground once I got a measure on it.

Then mid-day I moved another fresh 30cm from the same place.
Then in the evening I moved another 40cm.
And this morning, there was another 30-40cm.
That's all fresh snowfall.
So adding all of that up, it comes to 170-180cm! And a full 1m since yesterday.
There's a piece of unused level land next to where I am here and the snow on that land is now getting on for 2m.

I was just looking back at reports from previous seasons (you can do that too using the links at the bottom of this page) - in recent years we have never had so much snow at this early stage in the season.

I think what has surprised so many locals here is how we have only really had 2 snow 'events' down to town level - basically last weekend and the weekend that has just finished - yet here we are with nearly 2m of snow piled up on the ground around town. All a bit overwhelming really, though of course exciting at the same time.

As you might expect, it has been causing transportation issues as everyone tries to cope with it all. The Joetsu Shinkansen was actually stopped for a while yesterday as there was a power cut, though I'm not sure if that was related to the weather conditions somehow or not.

OK so let's get onto resort stuff.

This morning Iwappara are suddenly up to a snow depth of 170cm. (Compare with Christmas Day last year when that number was at 105cm). They don't seem to be opening any more lifts though with the two lifts that have been open so far remaining open.

Kagura are reporting 40-50cm of new snow overnight, but there's the snow that fell during the day as well which is surely not included in that.

Maiko Snow Resort now have a snow depth of 190cm and new snowfall of 60cm.

It doesn't look like there's much more open in terms of lifts and course though just yet. I imagine there's a lot of snow management to deal with at the moment, but lack of snow is not going to be an issue this December.

The snowfall may ease off a bit later today and tomorrow and warm up a little, but that next storm is still scheduled to be with us around Wednesday bringing with it lots more snow.

Oh yes one thing I haven't mentioned, the snow has been fabulously light. Once the storm passes and people can catch their breath, conditions should be amazing.

:)

If you do get out there, take real care with all this fresh deep snow. Visibility is limited as well.

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A reminder that there are lots of of Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma lift tickets in the SnowJapan Prize Draw here:

http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/lift-ticket-prize-draw

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Resorts currently open:

Kagura - pretty much fully open
Naeba (part open)
Iwappara - part open, 2 central area lifts operating
Joetsu Kokusai - part open, 5 lifts operating
Maiko Snow Resort - part open, top Okusoeji area, Gondola and 2 Okusoeji lifts operating

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Official snow depths:

Kagura:
200cm
Naeba:
100cm
Iwappara:
170cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
190cm
Joetsu Kokusai:
180cm

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

Friday 19th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 20th December:
Chateau Shiozawa
GALA Yuzawa
Ipponsugi
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muimamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba area)

Tuesday 23rd December:
Itsukamachi

Thursday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Saturday 27th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Late December
Mt Granview

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Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

Archive report: Posted at 7:30am on Monday 15th December 2014
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent Yuzawa Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Monday 15th December 2014
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th December 2014
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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  2014/2015
*as of Monday 15th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
15th December 100cm 10cm 0cm
14th December 60cm 5cm 0cm
13th December 15cm 1cm 5cm
12th December 0cm 10cm 10cm
11th December 0cm 0cm 30cm
10th December 0cm 0cm 45cm
9th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 175cm 26cm 90cm
Previous 14 days total 295cm 36cm 102cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 5cm 8cm
December observed snowfall total 295cm 131cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total - 297cm 254cm
February observed snowfall total - 204cm 238cm
March observed snowfall total - 191cm 42cm
April observed snowfall total - 5cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 295cm 833cm 762cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 15th December 2014
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
295cm
[295cm]
-
[295cm]
-
[295cm]
-
[295cm]
-
[295cm]
-
[295cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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