Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Wednesday 16th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:40am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow clouds remain over the region
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Moderate snowfall
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Limited-poor
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Wednesday 16th December 2020, 9:40am
96cm
Tuesday 15th December 2020, 9:04am 42cm
Monday 14th December 2020, 9:07am 1cm
Sunday 13th December 2020, 8:37am 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2020, 8:06am 0cm
Friday 11th December 2020, 8:10am 0cm
Thursday 10th December 2020, 8:14am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 139cm
Last 14 reports (total): 139cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 139cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 139cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:40am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

A very good morning to you from Yuzawa.

It has been a wild and crazy few days in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma with some very heavy snowfall... real 'Snow Country' style snowfall.

Last night on the local news it was saying that there was 74cm snow depth in Yuzawa town as of 5pm and that had increased to 82cm by 8pm (and it was 99cm in Tsunan Town at 8pm), and they were forecasting 60cm of snowfall by 6am this morning.

A lot of time was spend shovelling snow yesterday afternoon and making way for the snow that was due overnight.

When I measured the snow yesterday morning I put a ruler in the snow. This morning at 9am that same ruler shows 138cm. So it was 42cm yesterday and 138cm now - an increase of 96cm. After a walk around the area and conversations with a few friends, while there is less in some areas and actually more in others I think that is representative and it is also there in front of our eyes, so it's what goes on the report for today.

The Kagura resort are reporting 80cm of fresh snowfall since yesterday. More courses at Kagura are opening this morning (details below) and they are also going to be opening the Tashiro Area from Friday.

GALA Yuzawa is also planning on opening this morning.

Joetsu Kokusai are going to be opening on Friday too.

With all this snow, there's something of a happy panic going on as everyone gets to grip with it all. Ideally a base builds up, so this sudden heavy snow needs some management and there are of course safety issues too.

But I think it's probably safe to say that the ski areas that were planning to be open from Friday and Saturday will all be able to.

The snow is going to continue to pile up over at least the next few days and quite possibly into early next week. Almost scary to think how much more we might get... definitely exciting, though.

Faith has been restored! :)

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GALA Yuzawa

Operating lifts:

- Diligence Gondola
- Sociable quad lift
- Phaeton pair lift

Courses open:

- Melody
- Entertainment
- Snow Enjoyment Park

Official snow depth:

- 120cm


Kagura

Operating lifts:

- Mitsumata Ropeway (8:00am until 4:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift (8:00am until 2:30pm)
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift (8:15am until 4:00pm)
- Kagura Gondola (8:15am until 3:45pm)
- Kagura Number 1 high speed lift (8:30am until 3:00pm)

Courses open:

- Kagura main course (1,500m)
- Gondola course
- Family course
- Technical course
- Giant course
- Panorama course

Official snow depth:

- Top: 120cm
- Base: 80cm

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Planned opening dates for ski areas in the region

Below are the upcoming planned opening dates of ski areas in Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma. All are of course subject to change.

Friday 18th December 2020
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Joetsu Kokusai
- Maiko Snow Resort
- Kagura (via Tashiro)

Saturday 19th December 2020
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Naeba
- Nakazato Snow Wood
- Yuzawa Kogen
- Yuzawa Nakazato

Thursday 24th December 2020
- Iwappara
- NASPA Ski Garden

Friday 25th December 2020
- Ipponsugi
- Muica Snow Resort
- Muikamachi Hakkaisan
- Yuzawa Park

Saturday 26th December 2020
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Itsukamachi

Late December
- Mt Granview

Closed during the 2020-2021 winter season
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Archive report: Posted at 9:40am on Wednesday 16th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

GALA Yuzawa and Kagura are now both part open. More openings due on Friday and Saturday - see above

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 16th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Wednesday 16th December 2020
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Yuzawa Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
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  2020/2021
*as of Wednesday 16th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
16th December 96cm 0cm 2cm
15th December 42cm 0cm 32cm
14th December 1cm 0cm 14cm
13th December 0cm 3cm 2cm
12th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
10th December 0cm 0cm 9cm
Previous 7 days total 139cm 3cm 59cm
Previous 14 days total 139cm 11cm 73cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 12cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 139cm 27cm 253cm
January observed snowfall total - 88cm 523cm
February observed snowfall total - 248cm 190cm
March observed snowfall total - 50cm 50cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 24cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 139cm 425cm 1042cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Wednesday 16th December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2020/2021 season - 0cm
[0cm]
139cm
[139cm]
- - - - -
2019/2020 season - 12cm
[12cm]
27cm
[39cm]
88cm
[127cm]
248cm
[375cm]
50cm
[425cm]
0cm
[425cm]
-
2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
253cm
[255cm]
523cm
[778cm]
190cm
[968cm]
50cm
[1018cm]
24cm
[1042cm]
0cm
[1042cm]
2017/2018 season - 14cm
[14cm]
277cm
[291cm]
392cm
[683cm]
162cm
[845cm]
11cm
[856cm]
1cm
[857cm]
0cm
[857cm]
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
144cm
[146cm]
470cm
[616cm]
267cm
[883cm]
71cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
0cm
[954cm]
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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