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Yuzawa Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Yuzawa (Niigata), Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:31am on Tuesday 17th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Max temp:

Min temp:
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow
wind condition
North westerly
visibility condition
Varied but generally limited to poor early on
This report
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:31am
Monday 16th January 2017, 8:14am 36cm
Sunday 15th January 2017, 7:54am 59cm
Saturday 14th January 2017, 8:56am 72cm
Friday 13th January 2017, 8:10am 24cm
Thursday 12th January 2017, 9:12am 19cm
Wednesday 11th January 2017, 8:36am 23cm
Last 7 reports (total): 257cm
Last 14 reports (total): 283cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 284cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 430cm

Hello once again from Yuzawa.

The headlines this morning: snow clouds remain the region and there's more fresh snow to report.

By evening time last night I measured 19cm of fresh and this morning there's another 5cm, so that makes 24cm observed at town level.

Here's what the resorts are reporting:

Kagura: 20-30cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 10-15cm (since yesterday evening)

We are due snowfall during the day today - more light snow than heavy snow is forecast - and then looks like tomorrow the sun might take over and give us some fine weather. With the fresh snow and potentially fine weather, tomorrow should be top draw!

(Today should be great too of course, just likely limited visibility).

After that looks like Friday night into Saturday is the next decent snowfall.


I spoke with a manager at one of the ski resorts yesterday and he was (half-joking) that there's now 'too much snow'. Apparently many people stayed away over the weekend due to the heavy snow being heavily featured on the national news. Great for people who made it here and enjoyed such conditions. Anyway I of course told him not to be silly and that we always want more snow.

But on a more serious note, over the last six days or so we have made up for the low-on-snow start to the season.

What we ideally want now is regular top-ups - 30cm or so please, preferably during the night - and maybe a few more storms.

That would be good for nice long fresh season.


Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 17th January 2016

GALA Yuzawa
Note: South Area currently closed due to avalanche danger. The Central and North areas are open.
Official snow depth: 290cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 250cm

Official snow depth: 195cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Official snow depth:
Kagura - 310cm
Mitsumata - 280cm
Tashiro - 260cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 240cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 270cm
Base - 160cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 270cm

Official snow depth: 200cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 240cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 250cm
Base - 180cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 160cm


'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.

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 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 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.

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

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also 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, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Everywhere open

Monday 16th January 2017
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Reports on Tuesday 18th
Some of the Now reports may be delayed on Tuesday 18th January due to some technical issues being seen to. Apologies in advance.
Nearby ski resorts
Official snow depth and weekly forecasts
(updated Tuesday 17th January 2017)
Daily snow reports
Other SnowJapan 'Now' reports and latest observed snowfall
Kiroro Now 0cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 1:52pm
Nozawa Onsen Now 32cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:43am
Shiga Kogen Now 46cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 10:09am
Grandeco Now 18cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:53am
Appi Kogen Now 12cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:41am
Zao Now 0cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:22am
Minakami Now 60cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:10am
Madarao Now 31cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:01am
Hakuba Now 17cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 9:00am
Myoko Now 33cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:48am
Naeba Now 30cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 7:47am
Niseko Now 4cm
Tuesday 17th January 2017, 8:08am
Furano Now 0cm
Monday 16th January 2017, 9:11am
Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 17th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Tuesday 17th January 2017
(View more analysis here)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 17th January 2017
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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*as of Tuesday 17th January 2017
17th January 24cm 3cm 5cm
16th January 36cm 0cm 5cm
15th January 59cm 3cm 0cm
14th January 72cm 0cm 0cm
13th January 24cm 1cm 20cm
12th January 19cm 1cm 30cm
11th January 23cm 5cm 25cm
Previous 7 days total 257cm 13cm 85cm
Previous 14 days total 283cm 24cm 215cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 284cm 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 430cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 17th January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2016/2017 season - 2cm
- - - -
2015/2016 season 0cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
Yuzawa Now reports before Tuesday 17th January 2017
Yuzawa Now reports from the same period last season
Yuzawa Now archived reporting
View previous reports posted to Yuzawa Now by clicking on the month