Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 17th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:43am on Thursday 17th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-10°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Currently light-moderate snow
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Varied, generally limited-poor
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This report
Thursday 17th December 2020, 9:43am
76cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 215cm
Last 14 reports (total): 215cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 215cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 215cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:43am on Thursday 17th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Hello from Yuzawa.

Since my report yesterday for the most part we have had more of the same. Snowfall, heavy at times, piling up quickly.

It looks like the Yuzawa region and Minakami region in northern Gunma have been in the bullseye of this particular snow storm and clocking up the biggest numbers. Many mentions on the national news even.

Apparently, yesterday, a new 24 hour record of snowfall was observed in Yuzawa Town - 113cm. And at that official measuring point in town, 113cm is about 6 times the amount usually there at this time of the year.

As of 9am this morning our measuring point shows 74cm of snowfall since 9am yesterday, with a similar situation to the north in Minamiuonuma.

Snow observed on Sunday: 0cm
Snow observed on Monday: 1cm
Snow observed on Tuesday: 42cm
Snow observed on Wednesday: 96cm
Snow observed on Thursday: 76cm

That's an incredible 215cm of snowfall observed since Monday morning.

At town level.

!

Forgive the lack of talk of skiing or snowboarding just yet! That's because we're still very much in survival and coping mode. Once everyone involved locally gets on top of the situation and things calm down, then we can concentrate on enjoying it.

More snow is due over the coming days, possibly even through into early week, and clearer skies are forecast from Tuesday onwards. It does look like we might be seeing more sensible numbers from now on

But could there be a bigger contrast with the start of last season? I don't think there could. You couldn't make it up, as they say.

:)

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On to news from ski areas this morning:

GALA Yuzawa are open and added their Gigi course.

Kagura are reporting another 80cm of snowfall this morning (since yesterday). But they also only have the Family Course at Mitsumata and the Gondola course open this morning. I'm guessing that is as they simply cope with the snow. But wouldn't be surprised to see them close on fully open soon.

Maiko Snow Resort were planning on opening tomorrow (Friday) but they have delayed that opening - as they also deal with all the snow.

Ishiuchi Maruyama and Joetsu Kokusai appear to still be planning on opening tomorrow.

If you plan to drive here or come by train, check the traffic news. There has been and possibly may be various disruption in these circumstances.

OK, back to the shovelling...

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GALA Yuzawa

Operating lifts:

- Diligence Gondola
- Sociable quad lift
- Phaeton pair lift

Courses open:

- Melody
- Entertainment
- GiGi
- Snow Enjoyment Park

Official snow depth:

- 180cm


Kagura

Operating lifts:

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance lift
- Kagura Gondola

Courses open:

- Gondola course
- Family course

Official snow depth:

- Top: 200cm
- Base: 120cm

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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 *DELAYED*
- 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 9:43am on Thursday 17th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

GALA Yuzawa and Kagura are both part open

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Thursday 17th December 2020
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th December 2020
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 Thursday 17th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
17th December 76cm 0cm 0cm
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
Previous 7 days total 215cm 3cm 50cm
Previous 14 days total 215cm 11cm 73cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 12cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 215cm 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 215cm 425cm 1042cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 17th 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]
215cm
[215cm]
- - - - -
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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