Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 22nd May 2019
Tuesday 13th December 2005, 9:15am
Overcast and snowing
Can you say, D-E-E-P?! Let me give you an example, 50 CM!! of fresh snow at the top of Happo gondola! We're going to be needing our mask & snorkels more than our goggles this Winter. The visibility is poor though, so bring a good pair of lenses. No wind to speak of yet though but a bit chilly at the top, about -8 deg.C, so dress warm. Still only about half of the lifts open on most resorts but that should change by this weekend. Plenty of face shots up there today, ENJOY!!! Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2005, 9:26am
Heavy snow, windy
The snow is really coming down now with about 30cm or so since last night falling in the region - and no doubt more higher up. It's still coming down hard with very poor visibility. There's about a meter of snow piled up at the side of Route 17 now which is not bad going considering it's not yet the middle of December.
Iwappara opened yesterday - not many people on the slopes but a good time to be had by those that were there. GALA is now reporting 140cm!
At the moment due to strong winds, only the Mitsumata area of the Kagura resort is open and it's likely to stay that way for the day. So the Kagura part is not open.
Well, snow fans... Yuzawa is getting well and truly dumped on at the moment with the snow contuining all morning and still coming down hard - probably another 20-30cm since the early morning report.
We even spoke to one resort just now who were complaining that there was too much snow. We of course ridiculed them for saying that and told then how daft their were being ;)
OK time for an update on the resorts that aren't yet open, as far as we know:
16th December (Fri) - Pine Ridge Kandatsu 16th December (Fri) - Yuzawa Kogen; 17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Park; 17th December (Sat) - Yuzawa Nakazato; 22nd December (Thurs) - Nakazato Snow Wood; 23rd December (Fri) - Naeba Asagai; 23rd December (Fri) - Kayama Captain Coast; 23rd December (Fri) - Ludens Yuzawa; 23rd December (Fri) - NASPA Ski Garden; 23rd December (Fri) - Ipponsugi
Some of the resorts will not open earlier than planned even if they had 2 metres of powder on their slopes, while others might suddenly open up. If the snow continues like it has been there will certainly be enough snow for everywhere to open soon enough. We'll just have to keep an eye on the latest.....
Check out the Yuzawa Now Photo Gallery for new pics of the snow!
And it continues..... the snow just keeps on falling.
My car had been parked since 8am this morning near Yuzawa station and at 5pm this evening there was 60cm on top waiting to be cleared up. Yuzawa has transformed from not having much snow to having well over a metre of snow in the space of three days or so, and it seems to have taken quite a few people by surprise.
Yuzawa town office have said that there is ('officially') 138cm now in Yuzawa, and in some places by the side of Route 17 there is probably close to 2 metres piled up!
Even better is the news that from now until 9am tomorrow morning there is up to another 40cm of snow forecast to fall.
So it's probably safe to say that quite a lot more lifts and courses will be opening up very soon.
I have lived in this region for 15 years now, and I can't remember there being so much snowfall in one go before New Year. This is a really good start to the season. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Tuesday 13th December 2005, 10:23am
Lots of fresh new snow overnight and it's still coming down - low visiblity and very cold out there this morning. Some fairly strong winds as well at times and so some lifts that might normally be running may well be stopped today. Read more ...
Tuesday 13th December 2005, 10:31am
Yesterday was mostly fine and the sun even came out for a bit. Deep powder and great views were enjoyed by all. A little snow came in again during night dropping about 5-10cm. This morning though it has started dumping again and it is very cold. Heavier snow is forecast to hit the region tomorrow and then continue snowing for the rest of the week.
The brief reprieve yesterday allowed the snow clearers to catch up and for people to dig out their cars. My own car was just a lump in the snow and required a tractor to pull it out! With just about all lifts running, all the sasa grass covered and few people in the resort fresh tracks may be found for most of the day.
Heavy heavy dumping of incredible amounts of snowfall. Dry powder everywhere and snorkels are recommended for anyone going off piste or to the local shop for some bread and milk. The Nozawa Ski organization is kept very busy up top, as is the rest of the village, trying to deal with the constant, relentless, thick, white onslaught of snow. No mechanically based measurements are available of the top region currently (possibly due to equipment being buried or something). An update will be required later today or tonight with actual precise measurements. If it has been 25 cm again over night (very possible) then the readings should be around 205cm up top, 85cm down lower. Read more ...