Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Monday 1st February 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 1st February 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snowing
wind condition
Light northerly
Fair to decent
This report
Monday 1st February 2016, 8:05am
3cm
Sunday 31st January 2016, 9:05am 0cm
Saturday 30th January 2016, 8:45am 12cm
Friday 29th January 2016, 7:44am 0cm
Thursday 28th January 2016, 8:03am 0cm
Wednesday 27th January 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 26th January 2016, 7:30am 14cm
Last 7 reports (total): 29cm
Last 14 reports (total): 108cm
Current month (February 2016) total: 3cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 238cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 1st February 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa, first day of February already!

Yesterday the snow did finish up and leave us with some clearer skies and sunshine in the afternoon.

This morning it is snowing and there's 3cm fresh on the ground. Early on Kagura are reporting 3-5cm and Maiko are reporting 5cm. Not a massive amount, but it is still snowing now - though not expected to last beyond this morning.

It is currently -1C and it shouldn't warm up too much during the day today.

Light snow from time to time today and tomorrow as well, some forecasts saying there's a decent chance of the sun making an appearance mid-week - and then a return to some fresh snowfall on Friday.

What will February bring us this season. More of the same, or a sustained blast of full-on winter?

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As promised I'm going to bring you some numbers from the season. To start with today, it'll be our own numbers that we have observed here in town.

A few people have been asking about the snowfall in Yuzawa this season and how it compares with previous seasons. Some didn't know about all of the archives that we have here on SnowJapan - there are archive reports going as far back as 2002 on the site. It's interesting to take a look back and see how the reports have evolved and improved over the years. (Those of you viewing the reports on the mobile site will need to go over to the main website to get all of the arhives and full details).

But just to demonstrate how 'not normal' this season is, last season at the end of January I had observed 979cm of snowfall. This season so far, observing from the same place, that number stands at 235cm; essentially less than 1/4 of the amount from the same point last season.

Last year was definitely 'special' (the previous season the number at the end of January was 433cm), and there's bound to be more snow falling higher on the mountains than here in town, but it's still a pretty startling comparison. And that is perhaps why it's such a talking point - because we are so used to getting huge amounts of snow in this region.

Still, it is important to note that resorts are open and actually have decent snow cover - it's not as if they we have bare mountains like in some places.

January 2016: 143cm
January 2015: 420cm
January 2014: 297cm

15/16 season up until the end of January 2016: 235cm
14/15 season up until the end of January 2015: 979cm
13/14 season up until the end of January 2014: 433cm

Remember those numbers are all observed here at base level, not up on the mountain. And they are taken from the same place in each of those seasons, by ourselves.

Tomorrow, I'll introduce some other statistics that come directly from Niigata Prefecture about official snowfall records in Yuzawa town.

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Resort official snow depths (Monday 1st February 2016) and any specific news at time of writing:

All resorts in the area are either mostly or fully open.

Resorts in Yuzawa:

GALA Yuzawa
170cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
120cm

Iwappara
105cm

Joetsu Kokusai
140cm

Kagura
140cm (Mitsumata)
170cm (Tashiro)
200cm (Kagura)

Kandatsu Kogen
110-160cm

Maiko Snow Resort
160cm (upper)
60cm (lower)

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
150cm

Naeba
110cm

NASPA Ski Garden
105cm

Yuzawa Kogen
140cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
85cm

Yuzawa Park
85cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Details of the 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Open daily until 8:50pm (until 20th March).
The Chuo No 1 and Chuo No 2 lifts are open daily.
The Kanko No 1, Kanko No 2, Kanko No 3, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift, Hatsukaishi No 2 pair lifts are open on weekends and holidays.
The basic charge is 2000 yen but various tickets are available.

Iwappara
Open daily until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

Joetsu Kokusai
Open daily until 9pm (until 21st March).
The charge is 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.
On weekdays the area in front of the main hotel is open - a larger area (including Osawa and Atema) is open on weekends.

Kandatsu Kogen
Open from 6pm until 4am on Fridays, Saturdays and evenings before holidays through 26th March.
Open from 4:30pm until 11pm on weekdays until 24th March.
Various tickets are available starting at 2000 yen for adults, 1700 yen for seniors and 1000 yen for children.

Maiko Snow Resort
Open daily with the Maiko Center quad lift operating from 4pm until 8pm.
The charge is 500 yen for everyone.

Naeba
Open daily until 27th March.
From 4pm until 8:30pm on weekdays and Sundays (2000 yen); until 9pm every Saturday and on 20th March (3000 yen).
'All Night' opening is planned for Saturday 26th March when Naeba will be open from 10pm until 5am.

NASPA Ski Garden
Extended opening until 6pm (Number 1 lift) on Saturdays until 27th February.
There is no special ticket available just for the extended time.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Open on Saturdays from 5pm until 8:30pm (until 12th March).
Tickets are 1500 yen for adults and 1000 yen for children and seniors.

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List of ski resorts in Yuzawa town
List of ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

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Iwappara 6 day snow and weather forecast
NASPA Ski Garden 6 day snow and weather forecast
Kagura 6 day snow and weather forecast

Archive report: Posted at 8:05am on Monday 1st February 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

All resorts open as planned today.
Note that Mt Granview and Ishiuchi Hanaoka are weekend only.

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  2015/2016
*as of Monday 1st February 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
1st February 3cm 20cm 0cm
31st January 0cm 5cm 0cm
30th January 12cm 0cm 0cm
29th January 0cm 5cm 5cm
28th January 0cm 10cm 0cm
27th January 0cm 0cm 25cm
26th January 14cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 29cm 40cm 30cm
Previous 14 days total 108cm 85cm 115cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 0cm 5cm
December observed snowfall total 92cm 559cm 131cm
January observed snowfall total 143cm 420cm 297cm
February observed snowfall total 3cm 228cm 204cm
March observed snowfall total - 95cm 191cm
April observed snowfall total - 1cm 5cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 238cm 1303cm 833cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 1st February 2016
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 - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
3cm
[238cm]
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[238cm]
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[238cm]
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[238cm]
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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