Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 15th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:59am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Some blue sky, some cloud
Base temp:
7°C

Top temp:
2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
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None
wind condition
Calm
Good
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Archive report: Posted at 7:59am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yesterday turned out to be a fine day with the sun out and quite a lot of blue sky. It again almost felt more like November than mid December.

This morning up there it's some blue sky and a mix of grey and white clouds and I'm going to have to say it (sorry) but it's going to be warm again. Perhaps even as warm as around 15 degrees here in town later on.

Rain is expected by the end of the day today and then a good chance of rain through the day tomorrow (with highs of 8 degrees forecast). Perhaps it will get to be snowing in higher elevations tomorrow.

What about the snow? Good news is that it is still on the forecast and by Thursday morning - all things being well - we will see snow on the ground. That sure will be a welcome site.

How much snow and how long it will last is a different matter with forecasts seemingly not quite agreeing on what to expect. Which realistically probably means it's all a bit borderline rather than 'full-on'. The snow clouds might be with us until Saturday though the skies are forecast to clear again Sunday into early next week...

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Continuing the conversation about early and late starts to the season from the last few days... what do locals and resorts think?

As you might expect, there are lots of opinions. And with many people connected somehow, even if not directly, to the ski and snowboard industry it's very important to everyone basically. The general feeling I have got from talking with people about the due snowfall this week is that we will likely get some, but will it be enough? It's 'muzukashii' (difficult) to see enough snow falling for resorts to open as planned this weekend. Of course these good folk aren't in charge of the weather, though do have the experience of many years living here. Looking at the forecasts though it does seem a stretch to think that with 0cm on the ground right now, places around town will have enough able to open on Saturday.

Nature might make well decide to bring us a precious delivery in the next few days though. One thing I have learnt from being here for quite a lot time is that things have been known to change quickly...

We will of course update this report every day with as much news from around the resorts as possible.

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Planned opening dates for resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Currently part open:
Kagura
The main Kagura course - 1500m in length, real snow (and artificial) - is open.
The Mitsumata (snow-mat) area is currently being used as a connection to get to the open Kagura area.
Operating lifts are Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 lift, Mitsumata Number 3 lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura Number 1 high speed quad and Kagura Number 1 romance lift (on Saturdays and holidays during this period). All but the latter two are used to get to the snow.
The Kagura Gondola needs to be taken to return back to the Mitsumata area.

Naeba
A few lower area courses open with artificial snow.

On standby to open as soon as there is enough snow:
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Kagura (Tashiro)
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 18th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 19th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Ipponsugi
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen

Thursday 24th December:
chateau-shiozawa

Friday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Saturday 26th December:
Itsukamachi
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview

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Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

Archive report: Posted at 7:59am on Tuesday 15th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Naeba and Kagura remain part open - details in the main report

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