Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 8th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:35am on Friday 8th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly clear and sunny
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None. Snow expected later.
wind condition
Slight ENE
Excellent
This report
Friday 8th January 2016, 9:35am
6cm
Thursday 7th January 2016, 9:30am 0cm
Wednesday 6th January 2016, 9:32am 0cm
Tuesday 5th January 2016, 9:12am 0cm
Monday 4th January 2016, 8:21am 0cm
Sunday 3rd January 2016, 8:26am 0cm
Saturday 2nd January 2016, 8:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 6cm
Last 14 reports (total): 92cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 19cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 111cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:35am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa... and what a beautiful morning it is!

The sun is out and it's mostly blue skies over Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma with just a few clouds hanging on here and there. There's more cloud just to the north and if the forecast of a cloudy day with snow due to fall later on in the day comes through, they may be about to move in on our area. Somehow it doesn't feel like they will though - not just yet.

But you want to know about the snowfall yesterday, don't you?

Here's the headlines:

Kagura reporting 10-15cm this morning (unclear how that fits in with the 15-20cm they were reporting early afternoon yesterday!)
Naeba reporting 20cm
Maiko Snow Resort reporting 10cm.
A few resorts upping their official snow depths by up to 20cm today.

Me? 6cm fell outside my place. The snow eased off later in the evening.

So, not a huge amount and certainly not 'enough', but of course a very welcome refresh and it was good to see it snowing. It was quite heavy at times, though those times didn't last long enough. One characteristic of the snowfall this season has been just that... we've not enjoyed full-on blizzard like snowfall for prolonged periods.

But might we get some of that this coming weekend? Maybe.

There's more snowfall forecast for later today (from this afternoon?) and as we enter tomorrow. Sunday may start with sunshine but some potentially decent snowfall is on the forecast again for later in the day and for Monday. The main thing is if it can get - and keep - good and cold.

It's a 3-day weekend coming up in Japan as Monday is 'Coming of Age Day'. Usually this is one of the popular weekends of the season and so I would expect resorts to be busy, a good early start is recommended.

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A recap on the status of major resort areas:

Most resorts are struggling with the lack of snow. Some lower courses are now either not open or getting narrow and struggling to remain open and might have to if there is no refill soon. Here's some few resort specific information, by no means complete but hopefully of help to get an idea of where resorts are at this moment:

The Kagura resort areas remain (close to) fully open. They were reporting 15-20cm of fresh up top by early afternoon yesterday, and 10-15cm this morning;
A fair section of Naeba is open with a decent refresh yesterday, connection with Tashiro remains open;
The Central and North areas of GALA Yuzawa are mostly open (the downhill Falcon course is not open);
All of the lifts and six out of eight courses at Yuzawa Kogen are open;
Most of the courses at Kandatsu Kogen are open (90% of the area);
Most of the central area of Iwappara is open (top area not open);
Four courses at NASPA Ski Garden area open with four lifts operating;
Most of Ishiuchi Maruyama is open but some lower areas closed (in those places get the lift back down);
The upper Okusoeji area and part of the Maiko area of Maiko Snow Resort are open (get the gondola back down from Okusoeji);
12 courses at Joetsu Kokusai are open.

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Resort official snow depths (Friday 8th January 2016) and any specific news:

All resorts in the area are now generally open for the season, though please note that some areas and courses are not open. Generally steeper slopes that need more snow are still closed. The snow yesterday helped but we're still low on snow, especially lower course areas.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
110cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
70cm

Iwappara
40cm

Joetsu Kokusai
70cm

Kagura
90cm (Mitsumata)
120cm (Tashiro)
150cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
85cm

Maiko Snow Resort
80cm (upper)
30cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
50cm

Naeba
60cm

NASPA Ski Garden
60cm

Yuzawa Kogen
70cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
50cm

Yuzawa Park
35cm

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 9:35am on Friday 8th January 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Please refer to the main report

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February observed snowfall total - 228cm 204cm
March observed snowfall total - 95cm 191cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 5cm
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Season observed snowfall total 111cm 1303cm 833cm
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131cm
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297cm
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204cm
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191cm
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