Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 18th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Sunday 18th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Mostly blue skies over Yuzawa, clouds nearby
Base temp:
2°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Sunday 18th December 2016, 8:55am
1cm
Saturday 17th December 2016, 8:44am 20cm
Friday 16th December 2016, 8:44am 8cm
Thursday 15th December 2016, 7:56am 24cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:49am 0cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:44am 15cm
Last 7 reports (total): 68cm
Last 14 reports (total): 104cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 104cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 106cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Sunday 18th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

Yesterday the snow eased off and it definitely felt milder than it had been. Later on in the day there were spots of rain falling - wet snow in higher places - but let's do our best to try and forget about that.

(The observed snowfall on the report this morning is what fell yesterday post-report).

This morning the sun is out. There's lots of blue sky over Yuzawa, more cloud to the north. Actually it seems a bit more silvery-blue now than it was earlier and the forecast is more for cloud than sun - so perhaps it is gradually going to cloud over today. It is going to be mild too, up to about 7C later on in town according to the forecasts.

In fact, this coming week we can expect some very mild temperatures with the warmest being around Wednesday to Thursday when it might be getting into double digit temperature territory. And rain. Shudder, I don't like the sound of that. After the lovely snow and real mid-winter feel we have enjoyed over the last week or so as well. It would be a crime if conditions were spoiled by it. We can but hope that the actual weather patterns change before we get there.

The longer range forecast does show temperatures dropping as we head to the weekend and signs of snow as well, so fingers crossed for a return to snowy conditions over Christmas.

For now though we have a decent amount of snow on the ground - much better than last year - and places are mostly part open. So it's time to head out and enjoy some skiing.

I'll see you tomorrow.

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Resort-specific info as of Sunday 18th December 2016

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is part open. The Central and North areas are open:
Central Area - Melody, Edelweiss, Entertainment, Gigi, Grenoble courses and the sledging area
North Area - Broadway and Swan courses.
7 courses open in total.
Official snow depth: 130cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is part open.
The Number 2 and Number 3 pair lifts as well as the Chuo and Summit quad lifts are operating.
11 courses open in total.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Joetsu Kokusai is part open with 11 lifts operating and 12 courses open.
Official snow depth: 70cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are open. The top Kagura Number 5 pair lift and course will open from 1st January 2017.
The resort is reporting 0-5m of fresh snow.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 150cm
Mitsumata - 110cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is mostly open with three lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Naeba
The Prince Number 2 Gondola, Takenokodaira pair, Number 5 high speed lift, Number 3 and Number 4 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 70cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The Gondola and Okusoeji quad and pair lifts are operating as well as the Maiko Center quad lift (on the Maiko side). 9 courses open in total.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Base - 40cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Hakkaisan is part open.
The Ropeway and Number 1 and 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 150cm
Base - 80cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is part open.
The Ropeway, Cosmos pair lift, Summit pair lift and Nunoba pair lift are operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 100cm
Base - 45cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open.
The Number 1 high speed lift, Number 2 and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Other nearby resorts now at least part open:

Ludens Yuzawa
Muica Snow Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood

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

Wednesday 21st December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Thursday 22nd December:
NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 23rd December:
Chateau Shiozawa
Ipponsugi
Itsukamachi

Saturday 24th December:
Hakkai Sanroku
Mt Granview

Wednesday 28th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season. This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily from 23rd December 2016 until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Iwappara
Daily from 17th December 2016 until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily from 17th December 2016 until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily from 28th December 2016 until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Naeba
Daily from 17th December 2016 until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Sunday 18th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Most resorts now at least part open - see report for more resort specific information

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  2016/2017
*as of Sunday 18th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
18th December 1cm 15cm 85cm
17th December 20cm 0cm 20cm
16th December 8cm 0cm 10cm
15th December 24cm 0cm 100cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 60cm
13th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
12th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
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Previous 14 days total 104cm 15cm 410cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 104cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total - 143cm 420cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 228cm
March observed snowfall total - 38cm 95cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 106cm 424cm 1303cm
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 18th December 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
104cm
[106cm]
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2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
0cm
[424cm]
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
559cm
[559cm]
420cm
[979cm]
228cm
[1207cm]
95cm
[1302cm]
1cm
[1303cm]
0cm
[1303cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
5cm
[5cm]
131cm
[136cm]
297cm
[433cm]
204cm
[637cm]
191cm
[828cm]
5cm
[833cm]
0cm
[833cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
8cm
[8cm]
217cm
[225cm]
254cm
[479cm]
238cm
[717cm]
42cm
[759cm]
3cm
[762cm]
0cm
[762cm]
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