Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 7th January 2007

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 10:00am on Sunday 7th January 2007
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Archive report: Posted at 10:00am on Sunday 7th January 2007
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So, here we were expecting blizzard-like conditions this morning.... so what happened? Don't know, but as I write this the sun is making a brief appearance, there is little wind and there has been no accumulation of snow overnight. There has been a sprinkling of snow on the mountains and more up at Naeba and Kagura, but at the town level we are still waiting for the conditions that were promised. (Who do we complain to?!)

It seems that the winds up at Kagura are strong enough to prevent Tashiro and Kagura opening - they are reporting only the Mitsumata area of the resort open this morning.

Anyway, perhaps it is just on it's way and being a bit late - the forecast is for snow all day and for those strong winds (7 m/s) to arrive. So hopefully we'll be able to report that later on today. We'll keep you posted.


Evening update:

Light snow turning into rain.
Light winds turning into strong winds.
That's pretty much what we have had today in town with snow apparently falling at higher levels (read Gala, Kagura, Naeba...)

This afternoon a number of resorts have been closing lifts as the winds have gathered strength, and they are really blowing around at the moment.

This afternoon at around 2pm, the gondola at Gala Yuzawa had to stop due to 20m/s strong winds. No one is on the gondola but there are 3000 or so people still at the top resthouse waiting for the gondola to take them down the mountain. Let's hope they can get down sooner rather than later...

So the '60cm to fall before 6pm tonight' as per yesterdays forecast did not happen. In fact, nothing at town level apart from lots of wet.

BUT! Once more the weather forecasts bring us a promise of heavy snow - this time up to 80cm of snow from now until tomorrow evening. Will it be correct this time? We can only hope so but conditions do seem to be getting more winter-like as the day has moved on so it is looking promising.

If the forecasts are to be believed, the strong winds will probably continue through the night and into tomorrow morning. Gala Yuzawa have already said on their site this afternoon that there is a chance of strong winds affecting lift operations tomorrow, and that will be the case at other resorts as well.

Snow is lined up for all tomorrow and cloud/snow for every day in the coming week.

Hope to bring good news tomorrow morning.

Archive report: Posted at 10:00am on Sunday 7th January 2007
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Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts are now at least part open. However with the current relatively low levels of snow, expect steeper slopes to not be open - especially at lower resorts.

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