Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 18th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:10am on Friday 18th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy, some blue sky, some sun!
Base temp:
0°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None right now, but it's coming back
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good
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This report
Friday 18th December 2020, 9:10am
38cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 253cm
Last 14 reports (total): 253cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 253cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 253cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:10am on Friday 18th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

The snow continued yesterday and though it was not quite as heavy and persistent as it had been the previous few days, there's another measured 38cm to add to the report this morning.

The snow has eased off now and there are actually some clearer skies above us at the moment and some sunshine breaking through.

We are due more snow though from tonight, with potentially heavy snow again tomorrow and perhaps into Sunday.

Many locals are going to be taking the time today during this calmer weather to prepare for more incoming snow.

As of 5pm yesterday the official snow depth number being put out there by Yuzawa Town was 182cm, and that is apparently over 7 times normal for this time in the season. It is of course still very early season and usually around the middle of December the snow is either just about starting to fall or there isn't any yet, so the numbers will clearly vary greatly at this stage. Still, that is an impressive statistic.

(Remember, you can check out our own observed snowfall numbers from previous seasons in this report - see below and the Snowfall Analysis page. Been too busy to look but can imagine that those graphs look crazy!)

I can't recall a year when ski areas have been delaying their opening due to heavy snow, but that is what is happening this time round with a few of them.

Here's the latest ski area info as of this morning:

Kagura and GALA Yuzawa are part open.

Joetsu Kokusai is open from this morning. They have 5 lifts running with 8 courses open.

The Tashiro Area of Kagura was planning on being open from today, but the heavy snowfall has delayed that opening. No confirmed news beyond that just now.

Naeba is planning to open tomorrow. They will have lower areas open. There is of course enough snow on the upper mountain, but they are currently dealing with it.

After delaying opening (originally due today), Maiko Snow Resort and Ishiuchi Maruyama are both now planning to open from tomorrow.

There are a few other ski areas planning on opening tomorrow.

More ski area updates tomorrow.

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It was only after the report was posted yesterday that we heard the sad news from Kagura on Wednesday. A snowboarder lost their life up there after being buried in deep fresh snowfall.

Apparently the lady who lost her life yesterday was not 'out of bounds'; there was just so much snow with low visibility.

It might be easy for us all to get caught up in all of the excitement of heavy snowfall, but we need to remember to always be super extra careful in these conditions.

There has been some serious disruption to traffic over the last few days.

Trains have been affected and around 1000 vehicles have been stranded on the Kanetsu Expressway - apparently there was 16km of stationary vehicles either way starting around the Yuzawa and Shiozawa Ishiuchi exits, with some now stuck in the same place now for more than a day. Snow was falling through the day yesterday while the vehicles were stationary, so they were getting even more snowed-in making the situation even more difficult. The Self Defence Forces were called in to help check on drivers caught up in this awful situation and provide some water and food.

A section of Route 17 was also closed yesterday as snow was being cleared.

Authorities have been asking people to avoid travelling by car around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma unless really necessary until the situation improves.

Please do check on the transport/traffic situation before coming.

Just a general comment: if you are driving and plan to be here when there is a chance of a snowstorm, please be sure to be prepared. That means having the right tyres, arriving in snow country with enough gasoline, some food and drink, and something to wipe and move snow from the car. All of these things are helpful if you find yourself stuck like all those folk affected at the moment.

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What a week it has been.

Looking forward for everything to calm down so we can then perhaps turn thoughts more to fun snow stuff.

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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:

- 230cm


Joetsu Kokusai

Open lifts & courses:

- 5 lifts and 8 courses

Official snow depth:

- 180cm


Kagura

Operating lifts:

- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair lift
- Kagura Number 1 high speed life
- Kagura Gondola

Courses open:

- Kagura main course
- Gondola course
- Family course
- Gondola line course

Official snow depth:

- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

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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.

Unclear
- Kagura (via Tashiro)

Saturday 19th December 2020
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Kandatsu Snow Resort
- Maiko 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 9:10am on Friday 18th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Kagura, GALA, Joetsu Kokusai are part open.
A number of ski areas will open from tomorrow.

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Friday 18th December 2020
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th 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
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2020/2021
*as of Friday 18th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
18th December 38cm 0cm 12cm
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
Previous 7 days total 253cm 3cm 62cm
Previous 14 days total 253cm 11cm 85cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 12cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 253cm 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 253cm 425cm 1042cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 18th 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]
253cm
[253cm]
- - - - -
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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