That bit of blue sky and sun yesterday morning while I was writing the report quickly disappeared and we were left with a day of snow falling and moderate to sometimes quite strong winds.
The Niigata forecast said we could expect up to 50cm of fresh snowfall overnight and indeed that is what Kagura is reporting (40-50cm) this morning but less so down here in town. Maiko Snow Resort are reporting 20-30cm of snow, while there's 20cm of fresh outside my place here since my repor yesterday. So it looks like one of those days when higher up Kagura and the Naeba area gets a fair bit more than we did in town - and I would say there have been less of those this season than usual.
Still, 20-30cm of fresh sounds good to me so snow conditions should be good this morning everywhere.
Not the friendliest of conditions this morning though... it's still snowing now and a look round the webcams shows pretty much white-out conditions in most places at the beginning of the day. It's not looking like it is going to give up anytime soon with the snow clouds due to still be over the region through tomorrow.
Cold at around -3C as of 8am and a moderate wind likely during the day. Unfortunately the wind is preventing the Tashiro area of Kagura to open again this morning and it's limited at Kagura via Mitsumata as well.
Some of you may have noticed but yesterday saw the return of the Naeba Now daily report on SnowJapan. Naeba is of course also in Yuzawa and we have been giving mention to it in these reports but as we are not actually there, it's not been the focus of this report. The Naeba Now report will bring you daily updates directly from Naeba, so we are looking forward to reading that every day. We'll still mention Naeba and Kagura in this report, but please do check out Naeba Now for updates from the base of that resort:
Nighta 'night skiing' - where some slopes are floodlit for skiing and snowboarding in the evening - is available at the following resorts in the area.
Ishiuchi Maruyama: Every day until 21st March (until 8:50pm) Iwappara: Every day until 22nd March (until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays, 9pm on Saturdays) Joetsu Kokusai: Every day until 22nd March (until 9pm) Kandatsu Kogen: From 23rd January, 'all night' on Fridays and Saturdays (6pm or 10pm until 4am the next morning) Maiko Snow Resort: Every day until 14th March (until 8pm) Naeba: Every day until 29th March (until 9pm) All night on 17th January; 14th February and 14th March (10pm until 6am) NASPA Ski Garden (skiers only): Saturdays until 29th February (until 7pm) Yuzawa Nakazato: Saturdays until 14th March (until 8:30pm)
Chateaux Shiozawa also have nighta but only on certain days - no fixed schedule available. Resorts not mentioned above do not operate 'nighta' (or do not plan to have more this season). Some resorts offer tickets that include nighta, others need a special lift ticket.