Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 23rd December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:28am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 9:28am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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Yesterday was generally fine in the morning but clouding over as the day moved on and by evening time it was raining/sleet. Happily, this morning there is probably 10-15cm of new snow to report in Yuzawa. Up top, Kagura are reporting 20-30cm.

Today is a national holiday in Japan and a bit date for ski resorts - they all want to be open today. And open pretty much all of them are now with the exception of a few smaller ones in Minamiuonuma. Places that have been open seem to be opening up more lifts and terrain this morning. It's not quite full operations at some places yet, but we are getting there and I would imagine that given the snow we are due to be getting over the next few days, by the end of the weekend pretty much everywhere will be opened up.

Gala Yuzawa have today opened the South Area and also the downhill course. The link up between Yuzawa Kogen, Gala Yuzawa and Ishiuchi Maruyama also plans to get going today. Centleisure seems to be mostly open this morning and there is much more of Joetsu Kokusai and Iwappara open as well. A number of resorts are also open today for the first time this season including Naspa, Ludens and resorts to the north in Minamiuonuma.

Snow continues to fall now and it's basically set to be with us through until Monday. It's still talk of heavy snowfalls due and so keep it in mind if you plan to be in Yuzawa. Stronger winds may also affect lift operations and that actually seems to be the case this morning at Naeba.... while Naeba is now saying that it is officially all open, winds are preventing the gondolas from operating and a fair few courses are closed. It may well be the same story over the weekend.

Today is actually Naeba ski resort's 50th Birthday. So, happy birthday Naeba!

Official resort snow depths @ 23rd December 11, AM:
Mt Naeba:
Kagura - Tashiro:
GALA Yuzawa:
Kandatsu Kogen:
NASPA Ski Garden:
Yuzawa Kogen:
Yuzawa Park:
Yuzawa Nakazato:
Ludens Yuzawa:
Ishiuchi Maruyama:
Centleisure Maiko:
Joetsu Kokusai:


Evening update

Quick update for the evening.... the snow is coming down nicely in the Yuzawa region now with easily 20+ cm since this morning and it is starting to build up on the main Route 17 as well - that's always a sign that it's coming down nice and fast. The local forecast has 'up to 40cm' as the snow forecast for between now and 9am tomorrow morning. You get the feeling with the way it is coming down now that it might get to be more than that. But let's keep our hopes in check!! Snow is still forecast to be falling all of tomorrow and into Sunday and beyond as well, so it's all looking good for the next few days.

Curiously one forecast says there's a chance of some sun tomorrow morning which seems to go against all the others. We shall see. Hope to bring news of lots of new cm of snow in tomorrows report.

Archive report: Posted at 9:28am on Friday 23rd December 2011
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Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Most resorts now at least part open. Some fully open. Snow this weekend so soon all resorts should be fully open.

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