Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 16th December 2015

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:49am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
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Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

I can't see much of the mountains this morning with cloudy skies and there's quite a lot of low cloud around as well.

It was a fine day yesterday, once again some lovely blue skies.

Mild conditions remained overnight - it didn't drop much below 8 degrees - and it's about the same now at 8am.

Drizzly rain is falling at the moment and it sounds like the rain is falling even up in higher areas with Kagura reporting that. And that's basically what is forecast for the day today.

It should be getting colder tonight and into tomorrow.

Snowfall is still expected, probably starting once most people are sleeping tonight. This gives us hope of some snow on the ground by tomorrow morning, and then snow falling during the day tomorrow. Snow clouds may be above the region until Saturday, though clearer skies are currently forecast for Sunday.

Come on, bring us some snow please!

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A few of the ski and snowboard resorts around the area are starting to making announcements about their planned opening this coming weekend. Here's what I can find as of this morning:

Ishiuchi Maruyama - delayed opening until there is enough snow
NASPA Ski Garden - delayed opening until there is enough snow

There's no official word from GALA Yuzawa yet, so we'll keep an eye on that and definitely report on that situation tomorrow morning. With snow due the next few days and their higher location, they might be confident of being able to get something going.

No doubt the remaining resorts that planned to open this weekend will be having to announce delays.

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What usually happens early season is that there's an early fall of snow - sometimes as early as in November, but often in early December. (In 2013, we got out first snowfall in town on 13th November). That first lot of snow usually melts away and we have more clear and non-snowy weather conditions for a while. When it next starts snowing properly, it sticks and we're into the season.

This season though we haven't had that early snow - here in town - and I can't remember last time that happened. As well as there just being no snow yet, I think people are concerned and talking about how mild it has been...we're not getting any winter blast yet.

We only hope that will change soon, so just need to sit tight and wait! I know, it's difficult...

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

Currently part open:
Kagura
The main Kagura course - 1500m in length, real snow (and artificial) - is open.
The Mitsumata (snow-mat) area is currently being used as a connection to get to the open Kagura area.
Operating lifts are Mitsumata Ropeway, Mitsumata Number 1 lift, Mitsumata Number 3 lift, Kagura Gondola, Kagura Number 1 high speed quad and Kagura Number 1 romance lift (on Saturdays and holidays during this period). All but the latter two are used to get to the snow.
The Kagura Gondola needs to be taken to return back to the Mitsumata area.

Naeba
A few lower area courses open with artificial snow.

On standby to open as soon as there is enough snow:
Iwappara
Joetsu Kokusai
Kagura (Tashiro)
Maiko Snow Resort

Friday 18th December:
Ishiuchi Maruyama
Muikamachi Ski Resort
Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Park

Saturday 19th December:
GALA Yuzawa
Ipponsugi
Kandatsu Kogen
Ludens Yuzawa
Nakazato Snow Wood
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen

Thursday 24th December:
chateau-shiozawa

Friday 25th December:
Hakkaisanroku

Saturday 26th December:
Itsukamachi
Ishiuchi Hanaoka
Mt Granview

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Ski resorts in Yuzawa town
Ski resorts in Minamiuonuma City

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Wednesday 16th December 2015
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

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