Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:24am on Friday 23rd December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
7°C

Top temp:
3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None, light spots of rain at times
wind condition
Northerly, gusty at times
visibility condition
Decent
This report
Friday 23rd December 2016, 9:24am
0cm
Thursday 22nd December 2016, 7:20am 0cm
Wednesday 21st December 2016, 8:35am 0cm
Tuesday 20th December 2016, 8:49am 0cm
Monday 19th December 2016, 8:49am 0cm
Sunday 18th December 2016, 8:55am 1cm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:44am 20cm
Last 7 reports (total): 21cm
Last 14 reports (total): 102cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 104cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 106cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:24am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Hello from Yuzawa and a bit of a later report this morning as I wanted to check everything -- unfortunately, the weather is making things a bit tricky at the moment.

Yesterday was - as expected - another very warm day. I posted my report early yesterday and didn't initially pick up on the fact that some resorts were not going to be able to open due to strong winds. GALA Yuzawa was closed for the day, as were the Tashiro and main Kagura areas at Kagura. It was fairly windy low down too.

We knew it was going to be mild/warm but I was still pretty shocked to see 18C on the road-side thermometer here in Shiozawa just outside of Yuzawa at 6pm. That's just silly numbers and I wish to lodge a formal complaint to someone/somewhere!

And then there was the rain. Yes, it rained overnight and heavily at times.

This morning it's cloudy with a few spots of rain here and there but generally it is holding off for now.

After such a good start a few weeks back, this last week has inflicted some serious damage. The 60cm of snow that was nicely piling up in my garden has now all gone. And slopes around town level in the region are now looking rather brown unfortunately as the snow has disappeared.

Ishiuchi Maruyama and Yuzawa Park had opened, but they are going to be closed for the day today due to the conditions.

A few other resorts are now reducing the areas that are open due to the current snow conditions.

I know what I have written is all a bit grim, but in the interests of telling it like it is. But we all want some good news as well of course, so let's get onto that...

By tonight it should be snowing again and hopefully it will turn everywhere back to white by the morning and continue through the day. After that a break from the snow and a little warmer (but thankfully not the kind of warm we have experienced this last week) before more snow due around Tuesday-Wednesday. So fingers crossed we can get back to 'winter mode' fairly quickly.

I have updated the resort-specific information below with what info I have available. Will do our best to keep this up to data every day.

Snow. Now. Please! :)

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Resort-specific info as of Friday 23rd December 2016

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is part open.
9 courses in the Central and North areas open in total.
Official snow depth: 90cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Closed today due to the snow conditions.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is part open. 4 lifts and 11 courses are open.
Opening of nighta has been delayed until there is more snow.
Official snow depth: 30cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Part of the Panorama area of Joetsu Kokusai is open with 6 lifts operating and 5 courses open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are generally open. The top Kagura Number 5 pair lift and course will open from 1st January 2017.
The Dragondola was planning to be open from today, but they have delayed opening due to the lack of snow.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 150cm
Mitsumata - 110cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is part open with three lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 40cm

Naeba
The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Takenokodaira pair, Number 3 and 5 high speed lifts, Number 4 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The Gondola and Okusoeji quad and pair lifts are operating. 6 courses open in total.
The Maiko side of the resort is currently closed. Official snow depth:
Upper - 50cm
Base - 0cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Ropeway and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open with 5 courses and lifts 1, 3, 4 and 5 operating.
Official snow depth: 35cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is part open. The lower Nunoba area is closed.
The Ropeway, Cosmos pair lift, Summit pair lift are operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 60cm
Base - 10cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park has had to close due to the snow situation.
Official snow depth: 30cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open.
The Number 2 pair lift is operating.
Official snow depth: 25cm

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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.
Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

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 9:24am on Friday 23rd December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see main report for updated details

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[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
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[424cm]
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559cm
[559cm]
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228cm
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95cm
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[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
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