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Yuzawa Now

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LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:33am on Friday 4th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Cloud
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Earlier snow/rain easing off
wind condition
Light NNW
visibility condition
Limited
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Friday 4th December 2020, 8:33am
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Good morning from Yuzawa.

It was raining last night but higher up the mountains have received more snowfall overnight. Kagura are reporting 15cm which is great to hear. It is just cloudy now (few spots of rain lingering here) and generally cloudy conditions are forecast for the day, with a chance of clearer skies over the weekend.

Kagura remains open with their 600m course available. No details available just yet, but there is a chance of some adjustments to operations for the weekend. I will update this report later today if I have any new information.

Joetsu Kokusai traditionally plan on opening up around now (first part of December), and 'traditionally' they are not able to... this season is no different. I think that their 'planned opening date' is more of a kind of placeholder than an expectation of actually being able to open on that day. Points for being positive though! They are basically on standby to open when the snow arrives.

Last night on the local television they had a piece featuring Maiko Snow Resort. They were talking about covid-19 measures and expectations for the season. Apparently, they have spent over 1 million yen on covid-19 prevention measures like signs, partitions, etc. Obviously, that's budget that you don't want to be spending. Generally it seems like ski areas are going to be limiting people in gondolas and lifts to group members, ask for people to wear masks and do the social distancing thing as much as possible. But generally open as normal.

The piece also mentioned a new scheme being introduced by Niigata government this winter called ONI-wari (ONI割). This promises cheaper lift tickets for visitors and should be available later this month. The details are still being finalised - we will let you know more about it in a later report.

We don't want to dwell on covid-19 stuff in our daily reports, but we will mention it when it is appropriate.

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Operating lifts:

- Mitsumata Ropeway (8:00am until 4:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift (8:00am until 2:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift (8:15am until 4:00pm)
- Kagura Gondola (8:15am until 3:45pm)
- Kagura Number 1 romance lift (8:30am until 3:15pm)

Courses open:

- Kagura main course
- 600m in length, 30m wide

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Planned opening dates for ski areas in the region

Below are the planned opening dates of ski areas in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. All are of course subject to change.


Opening from today (Wednesday 2nd December):
- Kagura (via Mitsumata)

As soon as there is enough snow
- Joetsu Kokusai

Saturday 12th December 2020
- GALA Yuzawa
- Kagura (via Tashiro)

Friday 18th December 2020
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Maiko Snow Resort

Saturday 19th December 2020
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Naeba
- Nakazato Snow Wood
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Thursday 24th December 2020
- Iwappara
- NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 25th December 2020
- Ipponsugi
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 26th December 2020
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku

Details currently unconfirmed
- Itsukamachi
- Mt Granview

Closed during the 2020-2021 winter season
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka

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Photos:

- Kagura (Mitsumata Ropeway)
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Route 17 close to Yuzawa IC exit

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Kagura is open - see above for details

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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2nd December 0cm 0cm 0cm
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December observed snowfall total 0cm 27cm 253cm
January observed snowfall total - 88cm 523cm
February observed snowfall total - 248cm 190cm
March observed snowfall total - 50cm 50cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 24cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 0cm 425cm 1042cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 4th December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2019/2020 season - 12cm
[12cm]
27cm
[39cm]
88cm
[127cm]
248cm
[375cm]
50cm
[425cm]
0cm
[425cm]
-
2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
253cm
[255cm]
523cm
[778cm]
190cm
[968cm]
50cm
[1018cm]
24cm
[1042cm]
0cm
[1042cm]
2017/2018 season - 14cm
[14cm]
277cm
[291cm]
392cm
[683cm]
162cm
[845cm]
11cm
[856cm]
1cm
[857cm]
0cm
[857cm]
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
470cm
[616cm]
267cm
[883cm]
71cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
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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