Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 16th December 2005

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Friday 16th December 2005
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Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Friday 16th December 2005
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An icy morning on the roads and very cold - but gradually it is getting brighter and right now the sun is out. Clouds are moving in though and snow is expected to be falling later on.

There was no new snowfall overnight.

The news today is that Pine Ridge Kandatsu opened up it's slopes at 8am this morning as did Yuzawa Kogen - both to really good conditions. So here's the latest on resort openings:

Already open (part or all):
Naeba, Kagura (Mitsumata), GALA Yuzawa, Pine Ridge Kandatsu, Yuzawa Kogen.

Opening soon]
16th December (Fri) - Pine Ridge Kandatsu
16th December (Fri) - Yuzawa Kogen;
17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Park;
17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Nakazato;
17th December (Sat) - Ishiuchi Maruyama (Shiozawa);
17th December (Sat) - Maiko Kogen (Shiozawa);
17th December (Sat) - Joetsu Kokusai (Shiozawa);
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

At the resorts that are open, expect more runs and lifts to start operating from tomorrow.

We'll give you an update later on in the day to give you the latest before the weekend.

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Update:

It has been a fine day here in Yuzawa with some empty and very tempting looking slopes. This weekend is bound to be busier.

While we can expect more resorts to open in the region tomorrow - see earlier report - we have been told by a few places not to expect them to be fully open even with the mid-season snow depths they have.... Iwappara is planning to open up a bit more for the weekend but the top area won't yet be open. Kandatsu is also only part open.

The top tip for the weekend is surely Kagura which will be fully open - including the Tashiro part and connecting runs within Kagura. Please note however that the Dragondola that connects Naeba with Kagura will only start operating on December 23rd, so there's another week to wait for that. Much more of Naeba is now also beginning to open up and apart from the very top part and some steeper runs, a large part should be open from tomorrow.

The forecast has us down for 'cloud changing to snow' for tomorrow. Then after that we have the coldest front of the season ready to hit Japan tomorrow evening and Sunday. They are currently saying that it could be bringing up to another metre of new snowfall to the Japan Sea area, so we'll just have to see where that lands! One thing is sure - be ready for snow to be falling on Sunday!

If you're coming to Yuzawa (or indeed wherever you are going), we hope you have a good one!

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Friday 16th December 2005
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Kagura & Mitsumata are fully open. Parts of Naeba, GALA Yuzawa, Iwappara, Kandatsu and Yuzawa Kogen are now open.

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