Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 18th December 2014

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 18th December 2014
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow eased off but due back anytime
wind condition
Moderate wind
Variable - poor when it's snowing
This report
Thursday 18th December 2014, 8:10am
85cm
Wednesday 17th December 2014, 7:45am 20cm
Tuesday 16th December 2014, 8:25am 10cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 290cm
Last 14 reports (total): 410cm
Current month (December 2014) total: 410cm
2014/2015 season so far total: 410cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

This storm that is over Japan at the moment is still at the top of the national news.

Last night they were warning that parts of Niigata were up for 120cm of more snowfall before Thursday evening. I think a lot of people went to sleep worried about what might await them but for this region anyway there wasn't quite as much expected overnight.

Let's rewind back to yesterday. It was pretty wild. After the snow I reported yesterday morning, in the early afternoon I took a fresh 40cm off the top of my car. Then 20cm more in the evening. And there's another 15cm on there this morning. So that's 85cm since my last report. I might even be under-reporting there. It was moderately windy at times yesterday, sometimes strong.

So it's another of those days when there's just a ridiculous amount of snow around. It's hard to believe that we are still only on 18th December and only really had 3 lots of snow.

Quite a few ski resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma plan on being open from tomorrow and then more again on Saturday (details below). They won't have lack of snow problems to deal with, that's for sure. If anything, the problem might be digging out the ski lifts! A good problem to have though as sometimes around this time of the year and even beyond Christmas there's a worry about snow.

Not this year!

Kagura reports 80cm of fresh snowfall and the official snow depth goes up from 200cm to.... er, 200cm. (How does that work then?! I know the amount that falls doesn't always translate into the same amount added due to compacting and all that, but still...!)

Strong winds up there is affecting Kagura with only the Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 Quad and Mitsumata Number 2 Romance pair lifts operating. So no main Kagura area and no Tashiro today.

Naeba report 35-50cm and they are too limited to lower areas due to wind.

Here in town it's not actually snowing at the moment, and even looks like it might clear up with visibility getting better - can see the mountains - but the snow is due through the day and I imagine this is just a temporary break, it'll probably be snowing again just after I post this. The forecast for the day is more heavy snow and moderate to strong winds, with the snowfall easing off overnight by early tomorrow morning. Some forecasts are saying we might get to see clearer skies and the sun shining down tomorrow. Would be nice.

As locals deal with all of this snow - 'enough is enough' seems to be the local consensus for now - this weekend should be great. With much more suddenly opening up in some respects it feels like this coming weekend is the first main weekend of the season proper after a kind of 'pre-season'

Hope you can get here to enjoy it. Snow should be superb.

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Resorts currently open:

Kagura - limited to just Mitsumata today due to wind
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:
190cm
Maiko Snow Resort:
200cm
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

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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

Archive report: Posted at 8:10am on Thursday 18th December 2014
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Some resorts part open. More opening this weekend.

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  2014/2015
*as of Thursday 18th December 2014
2013/2014
Season
2012/2013
Season
18th December 85cm 0cm 0cm
17th December 20cm 5cm 0cm
16th December 10cm 30cm 0cm
15th December 100cm 10cm 0cm
14th December 60cm 5cm 0cm
13th December 15cm 1cm 5cm
12th December 0cm 10cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 290cm 61cm 15cm
Previous 14 days total 410cm 71cm 90cm
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December observed snowfall total 410cm 131cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total - 297cm 254cm
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March observed snowfall total - 191cm 42cm
April observed snowfall total - 5cm 3cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 410cm 833cm 762cm
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - - - - - - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
410cm
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
-
[410cm]
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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