Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Saturday 19th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:05am on Saturday 19th December 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Snow
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Limited
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This report
Saturday 19th December 2020, 9:05am
32cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 285cm
Last 14 reports (total): 285cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 285cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 285cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:05am on Saturday 19th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning from Yuzawa.

After the relentless snow of the previous few days, it was good to be able to have a kind of break from it yesterday. Everyone was busy with lots to do before the next snow started. We could also enjoy a period of beautiful blue skies and sunshine in the late morning yesterday. The winter mountains look amazing.

Temperatures rose to around 2C around mid-day and by late afternoon it was generally cloudy once again. (There were even reportedly a few spots of rain in places as evening approached).

Interesting to see that in the place where 38cm was measured at 9am yesterday morning, untouched since then, that had halved to less than 20cm by 4pm.

Overnight the snow has returned and as of 9am another 31cm has fallen. It is currently snowing heavily so adding up quite quickly. We are expecting snow through the day today and tomorrow, perhaps even into Monday. Clearer skies are due from Tuesday for a few days.

Today is the first day of the season for a bunch of ski areas in Yuzawa and nearby Minamiuonuma.

With the current conditions, information is patchy in places this morning - many people are still in 'coping' mode. For the moment as much information as possible has been updated on the list below, and it will be checked each morning. Things will calm down, but until then, sorry for the holes in information.

Ski areas seem to generally be opening rather cautiously, rather than full-on from the get go. Not exactly sure why that is, but perhaps they are still managing the snow, mindful of the more heavy snow that is due over the weekend and of course safety issues. Whatever the reason, we will surely be seeing them fully open before long.

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As of 3pm yesterday 670 vehicles were still stranded on the Kanetsu Expressway in the Minamiuonuma region and some people were facing a third night in their cars or trucks. Hopefully that situation will have been sorted this morning.

There have also been a number of reports of injuries from people moving and dealing with snow.

Whether you are skiing, snowboarding, moving snow or just going about normal things... take care.

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Individual ski area information: Saturday 18th December 2020
All information checked and updated manually for each report. Subject to change.

GALA Yuzawa
Operating lifts:
- Diligence Gondola
- Barouche quad lift
- Sociable quad lift
- Coach pair lift
- Phaeton pair lift
- Victoria quad lift
Courses open:
- Central Area (all open except Edelweiss)
- North Area (Broadway & Swan open)
Official snow depth:
- 210cm


Ishiuchi Maruyama
Operating lifts:
- Sunrise Express
- Tyrol Triple
- Kanko Number 3 Express
Official snow depth:
- Central: 250cm
- Base: 200cm


Joetsu Kokusai
Open lifts & courses:
- 7 lifts and 11 courses
Official snow depth:
- 170cm


Kagura
Operating lifts:
- Mitsumata Ropeway
- Mitsumata Number 1 quad lift
- Mitsumata Number 2 romance pair lift
- Kagura Number 1 high speed lift
- Kagura Number 1 romance pair lift
- Kagura Gondola
Courses open:
- Kagura main course
- Technical course
- Gondola course
- Family course
- Gondola line course
Official snow depth:
- Top: 220cm
- Base: 140cm

- The opening of Tashiro Area has been delayed


Kandatsu Snow Resort
Operating lifts:
- A, B, C, E lifts
Courses open:
- Most courses open
Official snow depth:
- 200cm


Naeba
- Official site down at time of writing


Maiko Snow Resort
Operating lifts:
- Gondola
- Okusoeji quad
- Okusoeji pair
Courses open:
- 11 courses in top area and Nagamine area
Official snow depth:
- 250cm (top)


Yuzawa Kogen
Operating lifts:
- Yuzawa Kogen Ropeway
- Cosmos
- Kogen Express


Yuzawa Nakazato
Operating lifts:
- Number 2 romance lift
- Number 3 romance lift
Official snow depth:
- 220cm


Nakazato Snow Wood

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Other planned opening dates:

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 9:05am on Saturday 19th December 2020
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

A number of ski areas are now open. See above for details

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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Yuzawa Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Saturday 19th 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 Saturday 19th 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 Saturday 19th December 2020
2019/2020
Season
2018/2019
Season
19th December 32cm 0cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 285cm 3cm 64cm
Previous 14 days total 285cm 10cm 87cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 12cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 285cm 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 285cm 425cm 1042cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Saturday 19th 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]
285cm
[285cm]
- - - - -
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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