Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 26th January 2017

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 26th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue sky, some cloud (due to clear)
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light southerly
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Thursday 26th January 2017, 7:35am
24cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 8:38am 65cm
Tuesday 24th January 2017, 8:34am 27cm
Monday 23rd January 2017, 8:46am 32cm
Sunday 22nd January 2017, 8:17am 2cm
Saturday 21st January 2017, 8:48am 6cm
Friday 20th January 2017, 8:39am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 156cm
Last 14 reports (total): 380cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 449cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 595cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 26th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning to you all from Yuzawa. It’s an early report this morning which means that some of the official snow depth numbers have not all been updated.

The snow continued falling through the day yesterday into the evening, continuing to build up very nicely. With a few more cm this morning, it gives me a total of 24cm to report today.

Clear skies are due for the day today and indeed it is a very nice start - though there is some cloud hanging on at the time of this report. And a fair bit of cloud still to the north of Yuzawa (as you can see on the Ishiuchi Maruyama webcam below). I wouldn't be surprised if we ended up with completely clear skies though today.

Snow conditions should be excellent whichever ski hill you choose.

The forecast is for generally clearer conditions over the coming days, maybe a bit more sleet-snow later tomorrow (rain in town? the local forecast shows some alarmingly warm temperatures in the daytime tomorrow). Let's hope things don't warm up much, it would be cruel to mess with the lovely snow we have now.

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What a few weeks it has been.

Over the period of about two weeks, we have gone there not being much snow (along with frequent rainfall), to having a very large amount of snow.

The numbers I am about to mention are all available below on this page and also on the Snowfall Analysis page (tab at the top), but it’s worth pointing them out.

Here’s the snowfall that I have observed here at town level during the month of January in recent seasons:

449cm from 1st-26th January 2017
143cm for the whole month of January 2016
420cm for the whole month of January 2015
297cm for the whole month of January 2014
254cm for the whole month of January 2013

….and most of the snowfall this month has been in the last 14 days!

Here is the amount of snowfall observed from the beginning of the season through January:

595cm up until 26th January 2017
235cm up until the end of January 2016
979cm up until the end of January 2015
433cm up until the end of January 2014
479cm up until the end of January 2013

Remember, the 2014/2015 season was generally known as a season of ‘crazy snowfall’ and the 2015/2016 season was one of ‘much less than usual snowfall’. They were two extremes, almost.

Last season (2015/2016) we only observed 424cm of snowfall in total – for the whole season – so we have already had got more than that by late January.
Anyway, the last few weeks has really transformed the season here.

It will be interesting to see how the rest of the season shapes up.

Over the previous four seasons we have seen between 151cm and 238cm of snowfall during the month of February. We usually get much less in March, but it can throw in a few surprises (see March 2014).

Here’s to lots of regular snowfall through the next few months and for a long season!

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Official snow depth information as of Thursday 26th January 2017

Some not updated for today due to early report

GALA Yuzawa
The South Area is closed at the moment due to the recent heavy snowfall. The main Central and North Areas remain open as normal.
Official snow depth: 330cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 270cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 225cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 270cm

Kagura
Strong winds affecting some lifts at the start of the day.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 330cm
Mitsumata - 200cm
Tashiro - 280cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 290cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 310cm
Base - 190cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 300cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 230cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 300cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 290cm
Base - 200cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 230cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 200cm

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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 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 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 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 until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily 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 until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 7:35am on Thursday 26th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Thursday 26th January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 26th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
26th January 24cm 14cm 0cm
25th January 65cm 24cm 2cm
24th January 27cm 3cm 3cm
23rd January 32cm 11cm 0cm
22nd January 2cm 8cm 0cm
21st January 6cm 26cm 5cm
20th January 0cm 3cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 156cm 89cm 35cm
Previous 14 days total 380cm 101cm 105cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 449cm 143cm 420cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 228cm
March observed snowfall total - 38cm 95cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 595cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 26th January 2017
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 - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
449cm
[595cm]
- - - -
2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
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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