Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Monday 9th January 2017

Yuzawa Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 9th January 2017
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Rain but snow higher up and due in town soon...
Base temp:
1°C

Top temp:
-2°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
See above!
wind condition
Slight
visibility condition
Fair to limited
This report
Monday 9th January 2017, 8:42am
0cm
Sunday 8th January 2017, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 7th January 2017, 9:00am 0cm
Friday 6th January 2017, 9:52am 13cm
Thursday 5th January 2017, 8:45am 12cm
Wednesday 4th January 2017, 9:21am 0cm
Tuesday 3rd January 2017, 8:48am 1cm
Last 7 reports (total): 26cm
Last 14 reports (total): 64cm
Current month (January 2017) total: 26cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 172cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

There's no cm of fresh snow to report from town, but it has been snowing higher up with Kagura reporting 15cm and Naeba reporting up to 20cm. Maiko Snow Resort are also reporting 10-15cm of fresh snow on the upper slopes and I would imagine a similar layer at places like GALA - so it sounds like there's a decent new layer in those higher areas.

Down here in town it has been a wet again, but the snow is on the way to town too. And the forecast is still looking good for the week and with temperatures set to drop, especially from tomorrow. Can't wait!

Today is the last day of the three day long weekend and a national holiday, resorts should start to get less crowded this afternoon.

Resort specific info can (as always) be found on this page after this message...

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Resort-specific info as of Monday 9th January 2017

GALA Yuzawa
The South Area is now open with the Batman and Eliza courses available.
13 courses are open in total as well as the sledding area.
Official snow depth: 160cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are operating and most course areas are available.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is now mostly open. 9 lifts and 17 courses are available.
Official snow depth: 55cm

Joetsu Kokusai
21 lifts are operating and 17 courses are open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are open.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 190cm
Mitsumata - 170cm
Tashiro - 150cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now 'fully open'. (Note that Milky Way and Andromeda courses are open only on weekends and holidays).
Official snow depth: 120cm

Maiko Snow Resort
All lifts now operating as planned and most courses are available.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 130cm
Base - 20cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
All lifts are now operating and all main courses now open.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Naeba
All lifts and areas now open. Please see Naeba Now report for more specific details.
Official snow depth: 100cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses (apart from the mogul course) are open.
Official snow depth: 90cm

Yuzawa Kogen
All lifts operating and all courses open.
Official snow depth:
Top - 120cm
Base - 50cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is now fully open.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is open with all lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 65cm

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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 between 29th December 2016 and 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.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in January and February and also from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:42am on Monday 9th January 2017
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

See main report for details

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th January 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Monday 9th January 2017
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th 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 Monday 9th January 2017
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
9th January 0cm 5cm 35cm
8th January 0cm 6cm 30cm
7th January 0cm 0cm 20cm
6th January 13cm 0cm 0cm
5th January 12cm 0cm 0cm
4th January 0cm 0cm 20cm
3rd January 1cm 0cm 30cm
Previous 7 days total 26cm 11cm 135cm
Previous 14 days total 64cm 93cm 242cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 144cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total 26cm 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 172cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 9th 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]
26cm
[172cm]
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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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