Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:44am on Saturday 17th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snowing
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
Slight northerly
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:44am
20cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 93cm
Last 14 reports (total): 103cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 103cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 105cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:44am on Saturday 17th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yesterday we enjoyed more snowfall through most of the day - there were a few small patches of blue sky in the afternoon from time to time but overnight the snow was falling again and outside SJHQ in Minamiuonuma there's 18cm of fresh since the last report. 20cm on the ground in Yuzawa. Nice.

Maiko Snow Resort are reporting up to 25cm of fresh snow while Kagura are reporting up to 20cm.

We have done really well since last weekend and happily it means that the resorts who were planning on opening from today are able to. I have done my best to update the individual resort information below with all of the latest that is available.

Looking beyond today, there is more sunshine on the forecast for the coming week than snow and it does look like it is gradually going to be warming up a bit. Not what we want to hear but hopefully it'll peak out late week and we can be back to snow in time for Christmas. In the meantime the snow we have now should keep us going.

It's still snowing now so fingers crossed we'll get a decent amount more today before it eases off... though it isn't that cold this morning and actually forecast for temperatures to rise a bit later - watch out for the chance of it being too warm for snow and dreaded rain falling later on. Hopefully not!

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Resort-specific info as of Saturday 17th December 2016

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is open from this morning. The Central and North areas are open:
Central Area - Melody, Edelweiss, Entertainment, Gigi, Grenoble courses and the sledging area
North Area - Broadway and Swan courses
Official snow depth: 120cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is part open from today.
The Number 2 and Number 3 pair lifts as well as the Chuo and Summit quad lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is part open from today with 11 lifts operating and 12 courses open.
Official snow depth: 70cm

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 5-20m of fresh snow.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 150cm
Mitsumata - 110cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
After the special 'pre-open' yesterday, Kandatsu Kogen is now officially open for the season.
Official snow depth: 85cm

Naeba
The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Takenokodaira pair, Number 5 high speed lift, Number 3 and Number 4 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 70cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The Gondola and Okusoeji quad and pair lifts are operating as well as the Maiko Center quad lift (on the Maiko side).
Official snow depth:
Upper - 120cm
Base - 50cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Hakkaisan is part open from today.
The Ropeway and Number 1 and 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is part open from today.
The Ropeway, Cosmos pair lift, Summit pair lift and Nunoba pair lift are operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 100cm
Base - 45cm

Yuzawa Park
It seems Yuzawa Park actually part opened yesterday and today the Number 1 and Number 7 lifts are operating.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open from today.
The Number 1 high speed lift, Number 2 and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Other nearby resorts now at least part open:

Ludens Yuzawa
Muica Snow Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood

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

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 Saturday 17th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Many resorts are now at least part open - see report for details

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  2016/2017
*as of Saturday 17th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
17th December 20cm 0cm 20cm
16th December 8cm 0cm 10cm
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
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Previous 14 days total 103cm 0cm 325cm
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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 105cm 424cm 1303cm
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2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
103cm
[105cm]
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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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