Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st January 2017

Yuzawa Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds over Yuzawa
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow eased off now, may be back before clearing
wind condition
Light NW in town, though Kagura reporting stronger winds
visibility condition
Varied, ok to limited
This report
Tuesday 31st January 2017, 8:28am
19cm
Monday 30th January 2017, 9:01am 0cm
Sunday 29th January 2017, 9:23am 0cm
Saturday 28th January 2017, 8:45am 2cm
Friday 27th January 2017, 7:36am 0cm
Thursday 26th January 2017, 7:35am 24cm
Wednesday 25th January 2017, 8:38am 65cm
Last 7 reports (total): 110cm
Last 14 reports (total): 186cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 470cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 616cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

After the rain of yesterday - unfortunately it was persistent for most of the day - it's very good to see some fresh snow on the ground this morning.

Varying amounts are being reported this morning from the resorts:

Kagura: 40-50cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 30-40cm

We are measuring 19cm of fresh snow on the ground in Yuzawa and 14cm just to the north in Minamiuonuma. So there's a decent new layer, especially at higher elevations.

Early morning light snow is easing off and should leave us with a generally cloudy day. Perhaps even some clearing conditions.

It looks like early on some of Kagura is affected by strong winds with the Number 1, 4 and 5 lifts on standby waiting for conditions to calm down. The course connecting Tashiro with Kagura is also on standby.

All other resorts appear to be opening as planned this morning.

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A message from SnowJapan

Firstly, we would again like to thank everyone who has sent in messages this season regarding our daily reports and website in general. We read them all and appreciate the feedback. And we hope that if you have already visited Japan this season, you timed it well with conditions at your chosen destination.

It is perhaps inevitable that some people will compare the daily Now reports from different regions of Japan, and in particularly the observed new snowfall data that is posted on the reports. But if you do that please keep in mind that doing so is not really comparing like-for-like… and it’s certainly not ‘the whole picture’.

By comparing the observed snowfall data, essentially you are comparing how much snow is falling at base areas. While we believe that is a very interesting and useful piece of data - and is in fact the only practical first-hand data that could possibly be consistently recorded once a day – it is only one part of the situation.

Other important information, including the snowfall that ski resorts themselves might be reporting at higher elevations, can be found within the text of the report when available.

That is why we highly recommend that if you really want to get a more complete picture of what is going on in each of the areas covered in our reports, you should go through the individual reports including all the archives.

A few other quick points:

Each report is written independently from the other reports, by different people.

The reports are not ‘connected’ in any way.

For one reporter, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘cold’. For another reporter, on the same day, a temperature of -2C might be described as ‘relatively warm’.

For one reporter, 15cm of snowfall overnight might be described as ‘a lot’. For another reporter, on the same day, 15cm of snowfall might be described as less exciting.

The person posting Niseko Now is reporting from Niseko, and is not making comparisons with any of the other reports, or considering what is happening elsewhere. (Unless clearly stated of course).

The person posting Hakuba Now is reporting from Hakuba, and the same applies.

While each report is coming to you from the respective resort base areas, some ski resorts have much more ‘vertical’ than others. Some will experience much more of a difference in the amount of snow that falls at base/village level than falls at higher elevations.

And one more very important thing.

If the reporters pretended to be overly-excited about conditions even when they are actually sub-par… not only would that be intentionally misleading, but how would you then know when they really were genuinely excited by excellent conditions?

Being able to clearly distinguish between varying situations is one of the real advantages of not feeling any need to talk up or sugar-coat conditions. Remember, we’re not a glossy travel brochure selling you holidays and tours.

What we are trying to do is to provide our readership with honest, interesting and informative reports. And we will continue to do that.

If you didn’t read the previous general messages that we posted on our daily reports, you can find them here.

Thank you!

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Official snow depth information as of Tuesday 31st January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
Official snow depth: 300cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Official snow depth: 260cm

Iwappara
Official snow depth: 190cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Official snow depth: 260cm

Kagura
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 330cm
Mitsumata - 280cm
Tashiro - 300cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Official snow depth: 250cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Official snow depth:
Upper - 275cm
Base - 140cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Official snow depth: 300cm

Naeba
Official snow depth: 240cm

NASPA Ski Garden
Official snow depth: 235cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Official snow depth:
Top - 300cm
Base - 210cm

Yuzawa Park
Official snow depth: 170cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Official snow depth: 200cm

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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.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily 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 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 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 until 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily 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 until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday until 11th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:28am on Tuesday 31st January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts opening as normal apart from some lift disruption at the start of the day at Kagura

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Japan snowfall data
(updated daily during winter)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Tuesday 31st January 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2016/2017
*as of Tuesday 31st January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
31st January 19cm 0cm 5cm
30th January 0cm 12cm 0cm
29th January 0cm 0cm 5cm
28th January 2cm 0cm 10cm
27th January 0cm 0cm 0cm
26th January 24cm 14cm 0cm
25th January 65cm 24cm 2cm
Previous 7 days total 110cm 50cm 22cm
Previous 14 days total 186cm 106cm 95cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 470cm 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 616cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st January 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
470cm
[616cm]
- - - -
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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