Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:38am on Friday 18th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow at times
wind condition
Light
Variable
This report
Friday 18th December 2015, 8:38am
15cm
Thursday 17th December 2015, 8:10am 0cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 7:49am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 7:59am 0cm
Monday 14th December 2015, 7:58am 0cm
Sunday 13th December 2015, 8:52am 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2015, 8:13am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 15cm
Last 14 reports (total): 15cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 15cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 15cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

EVENING UPDATE:

There has been very light snow at times but mostly fairly clearer weather today with no new cm to report in town. It has stayed cold though which is good and there is some snow expected overnight tonight and into tomorrow morning. Areas around Yuzawa expecting up to 10cm according to the Niigata forecast.

The snow that we have received yesterday means that are going to be a few changes for the weekend though it wasn't enough for huge changes. Here is the information that I have been able to find this evening:

Kagura Mitsumata - will be mostly open from tomorrow (Saturday), from Mitsumata Ropeway through to Kagura Number 4 Romance pair lift.
Kagura Tashiro - will be part open from tomorrow (Saturday), from Tashiro Ropeway to Tashiro Number 1 high speed lift. No skiable connection between Kagura<>Tashiro.
GALA Yuzawa - will be part open tomorrow (Saturday), with the Melody and Entertainment courses planning to be open.
Muikamachi Hakkaisan - will be part open tomorrow (Saturday), with the Technical course and Rakuraku A course opening
Maiko Kogen Resort - not enough snow to open tomorrow (Saturday), but there is a slight chance of a part opening on Sunday depending on how much snow falls tonight.
Kandatsu Kogen - not enough snow to open tomorrow.
NASPA Ski Garden - has delayed opening until there is enough snow.
Ishiuchi Maruyama - has delayed opening until there is enough snow.
Yuzawa Kogen - has delayed opening until there is enough snow. The Ropeway is open for tourists (not skiers/snowboarders).
Yuzawa Nakazato - has delayed opening until there is enough snow.

That's about it for now. Currently it is unconfirmed what Naeba might have planned for tomorrow, but as things stand now the choice for the weekend is basically Kagura, GALA Yuzawa, Naeba and Muikamachi Hakkaisan. Kagura Mitsumata is easily offering the widest area but note that the connecting courses between Kagura and Tashiro will not yet be open.

We'll scan through all the information again tomorrow morning and report any further news.

Everyone would be very much helped if there were more snow tonight, that's for sure!

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Original morning report:

At last, we have snow in town!

Wet snow started falling in the morning yesterday down here in town though it wasn't sticking until the evening and by late night there was just over 10cm of lovely fresh snow on the ground. This morning there's a little more and so I'm going to log it as 15cm.

The Kagura resort is reporting 30cm of fresh snowfall so higher up on the mountain there has been a decent fall.

I was happy to be woken by the snow moving machines at 4am this morning. A good sound it surely is!

It is of course fantastic to see snow again... and it feels proper winter as well with a nice chill in the air. Right now it is about 2 degrees and snow has been holding off but it might be falling again especially this morning and then again overnight tonight into tomorrow.

It seems that this morning Kagura are planning to open their Giant Course and Technical Course if possible. And Tashiro is going to be open from tomorrow as well.

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I'll update this page later on today with more news for the weekend and more on the forecast.

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

Currently part open:
Kagura
The main Kagura course area is open.
The Mitsumata area is currently being used as a connection to get to the open Kagura area.
Operating lifts are Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 lift, Mitsumata Number 3 lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura Number 1 high speed quad and Kagura Number 1 romance lift (on Saturdays and holidays during this period). All but the latter two are used to get to the snow.
The Kagura Gondola needs to be taken to return back to the Mitsumata area.

Naeba
A few lower area courses area open.

From tomorrow:

GALA Yuzawa
Muikamachi Hakkaisan

On standby to open as soon as there is enough snow:
Ipponsugi
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Kagura (Tashiro)
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Maiko Snow Resort
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Kogen

Thursday 24th December:
chateau-shiozawa

Friday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Saturday 26th December:
Itsukamachi
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview

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Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

Archive report: Posted at 8:38am on Friday 18th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations - see main report

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  2015/2016
*as of Friday 18th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
18th December 15cm 85cm 0cm
17th December 0cm 20cm 5cm
16th December 0cm 10cm 30cm
15th December 0cm 100cm 10cm
14th December 0cm 60cm 5cm
13th December 0cm 15cm 1cm
12th December 0cm 0cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 15cm 290cm 61cm
Previous 14 days total 15cm 410cm 71cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 5cm
December observed snowfall total 15cm 559cm 131cm
January observed snowfall total - 420cm 297cm
February observed snowfall total - 228cm 204cm
March observed snowfall total - 95cm 191cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 5cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 15cm 1303cm 833cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
-
[15cm]
-
[15cm]
-
[15cm]
-
[15cm]
-
[15cm]
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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