Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 7th January 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 11:58am on Friday 7th January 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 11:58am on Friday 7th January 2011
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There's lots of happy faces in Yuzawa this morning. The forecast as of yesterday afternoon was that today the snow would ease off, but later on that had changed to a heavy snow warning and in reality it has probably been somewhere in between.

We have had more snow overnight - perhaps 20cm or so in town - and it is still snowing as I write this. This morning there have been a few times when things seemed to be clearing up, and even some blue skies above Shiozawa and Muikamachi just to the north of Yuzawa, but more snow clouds have rolled in and it looks like we can expect the snow continue for the day.

The official snow depth for 'Yuzawa town' went from 26cm on Wednesday to 80cm last night.

The resorts have seen more snow of course and the official snow depth at Kagura has increased by a whopping 80cm in the last 24 hours, and they were reporting 40-50cm of snow overnight. They are however only part open today (Mitsumata to the Kagura No1 pair lift and Tashiro to the No 6 pair lift), but the quality of snow up there will be amazing today.

Other resorts in town are also reporting large increases in the snow depth ranging from 30cm - 70cm over the last 24 hours.

So, folks, the season has really kicked into gear now. There were a few delays in some lifts and courses opening this morning but I would say that all resorts are now pretty much (at least close to) fully open.

The snow quality will also of course be fantastic out there today pretty much everywhere with some deep powder conditions to enjoy. Marvellous.

One more thing... today will be the first day that the new downhill course at Gala Yuzawa will be open to the public. The new 2.5km long course goes from the North Area of the resort right down to the base ie. the main Gondola station. You can ski or board right down to the bottom of the resort, take off your gear and walk a few hundred meters and be on the Shinkansen!

The forecast has us down for a fair day of weather tomorrow once the snow clouds clear, followed by more snow on Sunday.

Official snow depths @ 7th January 2010 PM

Naeba:
140cm

Kagura:
230cm

Tashiro:
210cm

Gala Yuzawa:
150cm

Yuzawa Kogen:
100cm

Yuzawa Park:
110cm

Kandatsu Kogen:
135cm

Iwappara:
100cm

NASPA Ski Garden:
135cm

Archive report: Posted at 11:58am on Friday 7th January 2011
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are now open.

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