Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 26th December 2008

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:38am on Friday 26th December 2008
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Archive report: Posted at 9:38am on Friday 26th December 2008
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It was all very exciting last night hearing about all that snow we can expect. Well, we did get snow. Perhaps not as much as we would have liked so far but it is still snowing and hopefully will build up during the day.

It is a cold morning, down to -3 at town level and surely a fair bit colder high up. It is looking like it will stay that way too.

So there was about 30cm of snow on top of the car this morning. There are some pretty strong winds blowing about and that is meaning a no-go for the Tashiro part of Kagura --- only part of Mitsumata will be open up there today. But we need the snow, so not many complaints there, lets hope it builds up and continues to fall.

Other resorts are happy to see the snow fall and preparing to open up just as soon as they can. Kandatsu are hoping to open tomorrow (Saturday) reporting 50cm this morning. Same over at Iwappara who are reporting 25-30cm this morning. Expect other resorts to open tomorrow as well.

We will update this page again this evening with the latest on the weather and resort openings for the weekend. In the meantime, snow snow snow please!

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PM update:

It has been a real mid-winters day today. Very cold out there at -3 and some bitterly cold winds blowing snow all over the place and at times causing havoc on the roads. At times visibility has been a matter of cm and quite dangerous out there.

All this is good news for the town though as another 15-20cm or so of snow had found itself onto the top of my car this afternoon. So we have had a good 40-50cm of snow today in Yuzawa I would say and hopefully that number is going to get bigger as the snow is still falling and forecast to overnight as well.

The resorts of the area were all waiting for this of course and most of them are going to be opening up for the first time this season tomorrow morning. Of course Naeba and Kagura are going to be in fine condition tomorrow and surely almost all open. In addition, we have confirmed that the following resorts in Yuzawa will be at least part open tomorrow morning:

Pine Ridge Resorts Kandatsu
Iwappara
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Nakazato

(Please note that we have not been able to confirm news from the remaining resorts, though that does not necessarily mean that they will not be open).

Just to the north in Minamiuonuma, the following resorts will be at least part open tomorrow:

Hakkaisan
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Joetsu Kokusai (actually, it seems they opened today!)

Centleisure Maiko, at the time of writing, has not made a decision on whether it will be opening tomorrow or not.

It looks like we can expect more snow through the night. Up to 40cm in the mountains and 15-20cm in the valley is forecast between now and tomorrow 9am. The snow is forecast to be falling all through tomorrow as well, with temperatures not rising into the positives. So if you are planning on visiting the area get well wrapped up - and have a great time!

Archive report: Posted at 9:38am on Friday 26th December 2008
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Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

The snow of today will hopefully allow resorts to open up tomorrow. More info coming tonight.

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