Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Friday 16th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
Slight westerly
visibility condition
Poor
This report
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:44am
8cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 7:56am 24cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:49am 0cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:44am 15cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:54am 26cm
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:39am 8cm
Last 7 reports (total): 81cm
Last 14 reports (total): 83cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 83cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 85cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Friday 16th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

The snow continued falling for most of the day yesterday, though it didn't actually result in that much more cm on the ground. With more snowfall overnight I record another 8cm of fresh snowfall since my report yesterday morning. (Interestingly, Kagura are just reporting 5cm of fresh and so are Maiko Snow Resort).

Talking of Maiko Snow Resort - they are open this morning. They have their gondola moving as well as the two lifts in the upper Okusoeji area and about 2/3 of the courses up there open. They are reporting a snow depth of 95cm up top with about 30cm at base.

And it also looks like Kandatsu Kogen have opened this morning as well - their official opening was planned for tomorrow, but it seems they just can't wait! In what they are calling 'pre-open', 60% of their courses will be available.

GALA Yuzawa enjoys a high elevation and so expect a large part of that resort to be open. They have said that they will have their Central and North areas open with 7 courses available.

There's a bunch of ski and snowboard resorts in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma preparing to open from tomorrow and with the snowfall we have received I expect them all to be able to - to varying degrees. There's still not a huge amount of snow at town level but more the higher up you go.

It's all happening now though, and it feels good. After the poor start to the season last year I think many people were wary but we need to remember that last year was not 'normal'. We have a promising start here now so hopefully we're back to normal and we can expect some very nice snowfall this season. For the moment, it will be really great if the resorts can all open as planned.

There's so much information to try and gather and with resorts themselves crazy busy in 'bata-bata' mode, I will do my best tomorrow morning to bring you all of the latest details.. and apologies in advance if the report is posted later than usual.

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Oops, I nearly forgot the forecast - snow through the day today and perhaps into tomorrow, some clearer skies and milder temperatures into early next week. Not too warm please!!

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Resort-specific info as of Friday 16th December 2016

Ski resorts that are currently open in the region:
Kagura
All areas of Kagura are now open. The top Kagura Number 5 pair lift and course will open from 1st January 2017.
The resort is reporting 5cm of fresh snow.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 120cm
Mitsumata - 80cm
Tashiro - 100cm

Naeba
More of Naeba opening up now with the Number 2 gondola operating.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The top Okusoeji area is about 2/3 of that area is open from this morning.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 95cm
Base - 30cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Special 'pre-open' today with the resort saying it is '60% open'.
Official snow depth: 80cm

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

Planned opening tomorrow:
GALA Yuzawa
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Ludens Yuzawa
Muica Snow Resort
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

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 Friday 16th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Maiko Snow Resort and Kandatsu Kogen open for the first time today; lots more resorts opening from tomorrow.

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15th December 24cm 0cm 100cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 60cm
13th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
12th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
11th December 26cm 0cm 0cm
10th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
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[2cm]
83cm
[85cm]
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[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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