Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 15th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 15th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
It's snowing!
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-4°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snow currently
wind condition
Light NW
visibility condition
Limited
This report
Thursday 15th December 2016, 7:56am
24cm
Wednesday 14th December 2016, 8:45am 0cm
Tuesday 13th December 2016, 8:49am 0cm
Monday 12th December 2016, 8:44am 15cm
Sunday 11th December 2016, 8:54am 26cm
Saturday 10th December 2016, 8:39am 8cm
Friday 9th December 2016, 8:35am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 73cm
Last 14 reports (total): 75cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 75cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 77cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 15th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

It's a very good morning here in Yuzawa.

We have a decent amount of fresh snow on the ground and also things are looking good for ski resort openings over the next few days.

Yes, the wet conditions yesterday turned into snowy conditions later in the afternoon and this morning there's 20cm of fresh snow on the ground outside SnowJapan HQ here just to the north of Yuzawa, and 24cm at our Yuzawa measuring point.

Maiko Snow Resort have announced that they will be opening from tomorrow (Friday), and they'll announce exactly what will be open in terms of lifts and courses later on today - though depending on how much snow falls it may just be the top Okusoeji bowl area via the Gondola.

Iwappara and Joetsu Kokusai have said that they are both now planning towards opening from Saturday. Muica Snow Resort was hoping to open from tomorrow but has delayed that for the moment and no word from Yuzawa Park just yet (they were also aiming for Friday). Then there's the whole bunch of places that were hoping to open from Saturday...

Exactly how much snow falls over the next few days is obviously going to have a big affect on what opens up by the weekend, but it is snowing right now still and snow is forecast for the day tomorrow as well - so it's all looking promising.

If you look back over the archive reports, you'll notice that this time last year we were still waiting to record the first snow on the ground here in town, so we are definitely enjoying a more promising start to the season. Exciting times!

We'll have a clearer idea on the situation tomorrow morning and I will of course update you with the latest.

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Resort-specific info as of Thursday 15th December 2016

Ski resorts that are currently open in the region:
Kagura
All areas of Kagura are now open. The top Kagura Number 5 pair lift and course will open from 1st January 2017.
The resort is reporting 15cm of fresh snow at Tashiro, 20cm at Mitsumata and 20-30cm at the main Kagura area.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 120cm
Mitsumata - 80cm
Tashiro - 100cm

Naeba
A few of the lower slopes of Naeba are open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Planned opening dates for other resorts in Yuzawa Town and Minamiuonuma City (by date):

Opening as soon as there is enough snow:
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Maiko Snow Resort
Muica Snow Resort
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 17th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Nakazato Snow Wood
Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Nakazato

Wednesday 21st December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama

Thursday 22nd December:
NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 23rd December:
Chateau Shiozawa
Ipponsugi
Itsukamachi

Saturday 24th December:
Hakkai Sanroku
Mt Granview

Wednesday 28th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

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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.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily from 23rd December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 from 28th December 2016 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 from 17th December 2016 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 December, January and February and also on 23rd December and 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, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 7:56am on Thursday 15th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Kagura is open and Naeba is part open. More opening from tomorrow - see main report.

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent Yuzawa Now reports
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This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Thursday 15th December 2016
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2016/2017
*as of Thursday 15th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
15th December 24cm 0cm 100cm
14th December 0cm 0cm 60cm
13th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
12th December 15cm 0cm 0cm
11th December 26cm 0cm 0cm
10th December 8cm 0cm 0cm
9th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 73cm 0cm 175cm
Previous 14 days total 75cm 0cm 295cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 75cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total - 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 77cm 424cm 1303cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 15th December 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 - 2cm
[2cm]
75cm
[77cm]
- - - - -
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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