Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 17th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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So yes this morning we do have good news. The top headline has to be Kagura reporting 70-80cm of fresh snow. That's how Niigata does it! One minute there's none, next minute close to a metre falling in a day. Brilliant. If I had to make an observation about the snow on the ground here, I'd say maybe about 40cm or so. But whatever the number it has been a good night anyway.

Right now it is snowing lightly but it seems the snow clouds are destined to start clearing as the evening approaches and there's perhaps not much more in terms of cm to come today. Snow showers over the next few days but the most exciting prospect is later on in the week starting Thursday when the snow forecast report has us down for 'heavy snow'. Oh yes, we'll take some of that!


From today Kagura is pretty much all open, apart from the course coming back down the hill to the car park at Mitsumata and the area around the Dragondola at Tashiro (the Dragondola is scheduled to start operating on 23rd December). Naeba is also running two of the lifts higher on the mountain, so there's more of that mountain open today.

Down at town level, here's the situation with resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuouma:

Iwappara have opened this morning and currently have the No2 and No3 pair lifts moving so basically that left hand side of the main area of the resort is open. They are reporting 60cm of snow on the slopes.

Yuzawa Kogen has the Ropeway, Cosmos pair lift and Panorama lifts operating and is reporting 50cm of snow.

GALA Yuzawa has also opened this morning and they have the Central Area of the resort open. They are reporting a snow depth of 70cm.

Kandatsu Kogen have announced that they plan to open up tomorrow (Sunday).

In Minamiuonuma, Joetsu Kokusai are opening the Panorama area of the resort today. Ishiuchi Maruyama will open up the Central area as quickly as they can. Centleisure Maiko were hoping to open today but seem to be saying that they plan to be part open from tomorrow.

So it's all go at the moment as resorts begin to cope with this sudden snowfall. There may be lift openings and closings without much notice in this early period. We'll try to keep on top of the situation each day, but if you do plan to go to a particular resort I recommend checking out their webpage or even calling for the very latest.

Archive report: Posted at 9:00am on Saturday 17th December 2011
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More resorts opening up. Check the main report for details.

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