Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 13th December 2005

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:26am on Tuesday 13th December 2005
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Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Tuesday 13th December 2005
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The snow is really coming down now with about 30cm or so since last night falling in the region - and no doubt more higher up. It's still coming down hard with very poor visibility. There's about a meter of snow piled up at the side of Route 17 now which is not bad going considering it's not yet the middle of December.

Iwappara opened yesterday - not many people on the slopes but a good time to be had by those that were there. GALA is now reporting 140cm!

At the moment due to strong winds, only the Mitsumata area of the Kagura resort is open and it's likely to stay that way for the day. So the Kagura part is not open.


1pm update:

Well, snow fans... Yuzawa is getting well and truly dumped on at the moment with the snow contuining all morning and still coming down hard - probably another 20-30cm since the early morning report.

We even spoke to one resort just now who were complaining that there was too much snow. We of course ridiculed them for saying that and told then how daft their were being ;)

OK time for an update on the resorts that aren't yet open, as far as we know:

16th December (Fri) - Pine Ridge Kandatsu
16th December (Fri) - Yuzawa Kogen;
17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Park;
17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Nakazato;
22nd December (Thurs) - Nakazato Snow Wood;
23rd December (Fri) - Naeba Asagai;
23rd December (Fri) - Kayama Captain Coast;
23rd December (Fri) - Ludens Yuzawa;
23rd December (Fri) - NASPA Ski Garden;
23rd December (Fri) - Ipponsugi

Some of the resorts will not open earlier than planned even if they had 2 metres of powder on their slopes, while others might suddenly open up. If the snow continues like it has been there will certainly be enough snow for everywhere to open soon enough. We'll just have to keep an eye on the latest.....

Check out the Yuzawa Now Photo Gallery for new pics of the snow!


6pm update:

And it continues..... the snow just keeps on falling.

My car had been parked since 8am this morning near Yuzawa station and at 5pm this evening there was 60cm on top waiting to be cleared up. Yuzawa has transformed from not having much snow to having well over a metre of snow in the space of three days or so, and it seems to have taken quite a few people by surprise.

Yuzawa town office have said that there is ('officially') 138cm now in Yuzawa, and in some places by the side of Route 17 there is probably close to 2 metres piled up!

Even better is the news that from now until 9am tomorrow morning there is up to another 40cm of snow forecast to fall.

So it's probably safe to say that quite a lot more lifts and courses will be opening up very soon.

I have lived in this region for 15 years now, and I can't remember there being so much snowfall in one go before New Year. This is a really good start to the season.

Archive report: Posted at 9:26am on Tuesday 13th December 2005
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Small parts of Naeba are open, Mitsumata is fully open (Kagura closed today due to winds). Parts of GALA and Iwappara are also now open.

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