Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 20th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:55am on Sunday 20th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly cloud but due to clear up
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light southerly
Good
This report
Sunday 20th December 2015, 7:55am
0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 9:01am 4cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 19cm
Last 14 reports (total): 19cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 19cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 19cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:55am on Sunday 20th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa where early on there's quite a lot of cloud around, though the forecast for the day is still clearer skies and sun. Looks like it's already sunny up in the Naeba area so I expect things to clear up this morning.

It is currently hovering around 0C degrees.

As I mentioned in my afternoon update yesterday, the Maiko Snow Resort is this morning going to be part open. Their Gondola will take people up to the 6 courses that will be open in the Okusoeji area. Apparently there is fairly decent snow cover but it's still pretty thin on the ground up there. New gear not recommended!

Apart from that I don't think there's any resort operation changes since what was reported yesterday.

We didn't get any new cm of snow during the day yesterday even though it was snowing lightly at times. It remained cold during the day though.

Taking a look at the forecast for the coming week... realistically the decent snowfall that we all need is going to be with us around Friday. Before then it is going to be getting warmer than we would like with a mix of sun and perhaps at times rain. As much as I don't want to report that! But, what is due at the end of the week is looking promising so we must keep an eye on that.

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In situations like this, when there's not enough snow for places to open as planned, you might think that people would just be sitting around with spare time waiting for the snow.

For most people, it's almost the opposite of that. There's so many things to do and many of those things are far from interesting! Things like re-arranging plans and dealing with cancellations. So people are busy, but they are busy doing stuff that they would very much prefer not need be doing.

Christmas is of course coming up later this week and it is one of the first 'events' of the season and so everywhere would dearly like to be up and running by then. It does look like decent snow is due around the end of the week, but it's going to be tight.

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Resorts that are now at least part open (Sunday 20th December 2015) - subject to change:

Kagura
A large part of Kagura Mitsumata is now open with natural snow - basically most areas up to and including the main Kagura runs are skiable.
(Mitsumata Family course and Chibbiko area; Kagura main gelende, Giant, Technical, Panorama and Gondola courses).
A decent part of Kagura Tashiro is also now open - up to the Tashiro Number 1 high speed lift.
(Tashiro Ladies course, Shirakaba course, Tashiro Alyeska course, Tashiroko course, Number 1 high speed connecting course, Skyline course).
Note that the connecting courses between the main Kagura area and the Tashiro areas are not yet open.

Naeba
Lower Number 4 and 5 courses are open with the help of artificial snow, and from today the upper Takenokodaira course opens (natural snow).

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is open from this morning - the Melody and Entertainment courses in the main Central Area are open.

Maiko Snow Resort
From this morning the Gondola will be taking people up to the Okusoeji area where the two lifts will be operating and 6 courses open.
Okusoeji RanRan, GuiGui, RunRun, SuiSui, RakuRaku and SanSan courses open.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Muimamachi Hakkaisan has also opened today - the Technical course and Rakuraku A courses open with just two pair lifts operating (one to get to the open area). The Gondola is not open yet.

Resorts on standby to open as soon as there is enough snow to open:

Ipponsugi
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Kagura (Tashiro)
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Kogen

Planning to open on Thursday 24th December:
Chateau Shiozawa

Planning to open on Friday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Planning to open on Saturday 26th December:
Itsukamachi
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 7:55am on Sunday 20th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited number of resorts open - see the main report for details

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 20th December 2015
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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  2015/2016
*as of Sunday 20th December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
20th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 4cm 50cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 19cm 325cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 19cm 445cm 71cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 5cm
December observed snowfall total 19cm 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 19cm 1303cm 833cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 20th December 2015
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 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
19cm
[19cm]
-
[19cm]
-
[19cm]
-
[19cm]
-
[19cm]
-
[19cm]
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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