Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 20th December 2011

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
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Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
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Yesterday saw some quickly changing conditions. Around lunchtime there was a short period when there was more blue skies than cloud up above but early afternoon the clouds rolled in once again and started snowing - albeit wet snow in the evening.

I have some more snowfall to report this morning. The headline once again goes to the Kagura resort who are saying they got 30-40cm of new snow overnight (even if the snow depth number isn't actually changing, but don't worry about that). That's more than down in town where I would say it is more like 20-30cm or so in places, and just to the north in Minamiuonuma more like 5-10cm. Actually Kandatsu Kogen's numbers have also jumped 30cm, but they often get the most down low and more than just nearby resorts in town in that big bowl shape thing they have going on there, and of course more will be falling on the mountains than down in town.

So good news as the snow depth at resorts continue to build up.

Things are looking really great looking forward as well. Snow now and again over the next few days, followed by that heavy snowfall that is due Friday/Saturday. The forecast looks very exciting if it comes off and surely once that has arrived everywhere will be fully open. It might be one of the times though when conditions are a bit crazy out there so worth keeping in mind if you do plan to be here at that time. If the snow comes with stronger winds, lifts could be affected.

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Resorts operations and (official) snow depths, 20th Dec 11

Mt Naeba (80cm):
Some lower and upper lifts operating - today the Wakuwaku course opens

Kagura (120cm):
Almost all of the resort is open

GALA Yuzawa (110cm):
The South and North areas are now open.

Yuzawa Kogen (80cm):
Ropeway, Triple lift, Cosmo pair lift, Panorama lift operating

Iwappara (60cm):
No2 and No3 pair lifts, Chuo quad lifts operating

Yuzawa Nakazato (50cm):
No2 and No3 pair lifts are operating

Nakazato Snow Wood (60cm):
No1 pair lift is operating

Kandatsu Kogen (130cm):
One quad lift and one pair lift operating

Ishiuchi Maruyama (110cm):
9 lifts at Ishiuchi are operating.

Joetsu Kokusai (60cm):
Panorama area open (two pair lifts operating with two quads getting you up to that area)

Centleisure Maiko (120cm, upper):
Gondola, Okusoechi quad and Okusoechi pair lifts operating. The GunGun Course should be open from today. Only the Okusoechi area is open and so you need to get the Gondola back down at the end of the day.

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Other resorts planned season openings are as follows:

Thursday 22nd December:
Yuzawa Park

Friday 23rd December:
Ludens Yuzawa
NASPA Ski Garden
Yuzawa Kogen (Nunoba)
Ipponsugi
Muikamachi Hakkaisan
Mt Granview
Itsukamachi
Hakkaisanroku
Muikamachi Ski Resort

Saturday 24th December:
Chateaux Shiozawa

Thursday 29th December:
Ishiuchi Hanaoka

Archive report: Posted at 8:55am on Tuesday 20th December 2011
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

More resorts opening up as the snow gradually builds up. Check the main report for details.

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