Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Monday 21st December 2015

Yuzawa Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:58am on Monday 21st December 2015
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, overcast
Base temp:
3°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Slight southerly
Decent
This report
Monday 21st December 2015, 7:58am
0cm
Sunday 20th December 2015, 7:55am 0cm
Saturday 19th December 2015, 9:01am 4cm
Friday 18th December 2015, 8:38am 15cm
Thursday 17th December 2015, 8:10am 0cm
Wednesday 16th December 2015, 7:49am 0cm
Tuesday 15th December 2015, 7:59am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 19cm
Last 14 reports (total): 19cm
Current month (December 2015) total: 19cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 19cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:58am on Monday 21st December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yesterday turned into a beauty of a day.

All of the cloud had disappeared by mid to late morning leaving us with bright blue skies and the sun shining down on us. It was perfect Sunday weather for mid-winter; it felt great, but I think that we would all prefer a blizzard that delivers lots of snow right now.

I was over at Maiko with a few friends yesterday where the upper slopes were open for the first time this season. It was fun and there were quite a few people out, but it's very clear that there isn't much snow around - new gear is definitely not recommended! The photos today are from yesterday and they probably speak for themselves. Lots of bushes on show and things popping up out of the snow on the courses themselves. Patrol were busy putting sticks in the ground in some places where there was no snow. Like I said though, it was fun and the quality of the snow that was there was actually pretty decent.

This morning it's back to cloudy and overcast skies above the region. Today is going to warm up a bit more with a high of about 9 degrees expected later in town. It's probably going to rain as well, though we can probably hold out for snow higher up. Up until around Thursday it's likely to be something like a mix of cloud, sun at times and perhaps rain at times. Hopefully not much of that last one.

The good news is that the strong cold front is still due to be here starting around Friday. It's still looking good for decent snowfall down to town. Fingers crossed.

Resort operations look like they will be the same today as yesterday with a new addition to mention - Joetsu Kokusai, where it seems the Panorama courses over in the North Zone are open.

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Resorts that are now at least part open (Monday 21st December 2015) - subject to change:

Kagura
A large part of Kagura Mitsumata is now open with natural snow - basically most areas up to and including the main Kagura runs are skiable.
(Mitsumata Family course and Chibbiko area; Kagura main gelende, Giant, Technical, Panorama and Gondola courses).
A decent part of Kagura Tashiro is also now open - up to the Tashiro Number 1 high speed lift.
(Tashiro Ladies course, Shirakaba course, Tashiro Alyeska course, Tashiroko course, Number 1 high speed connecting course, Skyline course).
Note that the connecting courses between the main Kagura area and the Tashiro areas are not yet open.

Naeba
Lower Number 4 and 5 courses are open with the help of artificial snow and the upper Takenokodaira course is open (natural snow).

GALA Yuzawa
GALA Yuzawa is open - the Melody and Entertainment courses in the main Central Area are open.

Maiko Snow Resort
The Gondola takes you up to the Okusoeji area where the two lifts will be operating and 6 courses open.
Okusoeji RanRan, GuiGui, RunRun, SuiSui, RakuRaku and SanSan courses open.

Joetsu Kokusai
Panorama quad and two pair lifts open with the Panorama courses in the North Area open.

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Technical course and Rakuraku A courses open with just two pair lifts operating (one to get to the open area).

Resorts on standby to open as soon as there is enough snow to open:

Ipponsugi
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Iwappara
Kagura (Tashiro)
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Nakazato Snow Wood
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Kogen

Planning to open on Thursday 24th December:
Chateau Shiozawa

Planning to open on Friday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Planning to open on Saturday 26th December:
Itsukamachi
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview

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Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 7:58am on Monday 21st December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Limited operations at a few resorts as we wait for more snowfall

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 21st December 2015
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
21st December 0cm 0cm 5cm
20th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
19th December 4cm 50cm 0cm
18th December 15cm 85cm 0cm
17th December 0cm 20cm 5cm
16th December 0cm 10cm 30cm
15th December 0cm 100cm 10cm
Previous 7 days total 19cm 265cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 19cm 365cm 76cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 5cm
December observed snowfall total 19cm 559cm 131cm
January observed snowfall total - 420cm 297cm
February observed snowfall total - 228cm 204cm
March observed snowfall total - 95cm 191cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 5cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 19cm 1303cm 833cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 21st December 2015
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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19cm
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2014/2015 season 0cm
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0cm
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559cm
[559cm]
420cm
[979cm]
228cm
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95cm
[1302cm]
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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
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