Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 29th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:49am on Thursday 29th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Blue skies, sunshine, bit of cloud
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light southerly
visibility condition
Excellent
This report
Thursday 29th December 2016, 8:49am
1cm
Wednesday 28th December 2016, 9:07am 9cm
Tuesday 27th December 2016, 8:47am 0cm
Monday 26th December 2016, 8:42am 0cm
Sunday 25th December 2016, 8:40am 0cm
Saturday 24th December 2016, 8:59am 2cm
Friday 23rd December 2016, 9:24am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 41cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 116cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 118cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Thursday 29th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Good morning.

Yesterday snow did continue falling for much of the day, but it was the kind of snow that didn't really amount to much on the ground... not in town anyway. I expect maybe a few cm higher up but not seeing any such reports from resorts.

It's a very fine morning early on. The sun is out, blue skies, and just a bit of thin cloud in places. All is calm.

And it was very cold early on, -6C when I got up!

Hopefully the calm before a bit of a storm as we are expecting snow clouds back over the region sometime this afternoon, the winds to change to northerly and get stronger, and snowfall from then through tomorrow. The forecasts look encouraging - let's hope they are right.

New Year is fast approaching and we can expect ski resorts to be getting busier by the day now. With most resorts not yet fully open, it means that there's less space for everyone so expect busy conditions - especially at the popular places and resorts that have more terrain available.

Today sees the Dragondola - the gondola lift that connects Naeba with Kagura - opening for the season.

With the fine weather this morning it should be a good one. We want those snow clouds to move in quickly though... come on, over here!!

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Resort-specific info as of Thursday 29th December 2016

GALA Yuzawa
9 courses in the Central and North areas are open.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Lifts from all three base areas are now operating and the resort is part open.
Nighta operations have begun!
Official snow depth: 60cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is part open. 6 lifts and 14 courses are open, mostly mid to upper area.
Nighta opens from tonight.
Official snow depth: 35cm

Joetsu Kokusai
Part of the area in front of the base hotel and Panorama area of Joetsu Kokusai is open with 6 lifts operating and 5 courses up there open.
Official snow depth: 40cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are open.
The Dragondola connecting Kagura with Naeba is now open.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 150cm
Mitsumata - 110cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is mostly open with four lifts operating.
All night from 6pm until 4pm tonight!
Official snow depth: 60cm

Naeba
Most lifts operating including the Dragondola which opens from today.
Official snow depth: 65cm

Maiko Snow Resort
The Gondola and Okusoeji quad and pair lifts are operating. 7 courses open in total.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 70cm
Base - 20cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Ropeway and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 60cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open with 4 courses and lifts 1, 3, 4 and 5 operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is part open. The lower Nunoba area is closed.
The Ropeway, Cosmos pair lift, Summit pair lift and Kogen Express lifts are operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 70cm
Base - 10cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 7 lift operating.
Official snow depth: 25cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with 5 lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 35cm

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'Nighta' (floodlit night operations)

Below are details of the planned 'nighta' operations at ski and snowboards resorts around Yuzawa and Minamiuonuma this season.
This information is subject to change due to snow and weather conditions.
*** Please note that this section will not be updated every day.

Ishiuchi Maruyama
Daily until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:50pm.
The Chuo Number 1, Chuo Number 2 and Kanko Number 3 Express lifts are open daily.
The Kanko Number 1 Express lift, Hatsukaishi Entrance lift and Hatsukaishi Number 2 pair lifts are also open on weekends and holidays.

Iwappara
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm on Saturdays and until 8pm on weekdays and Sundays.
The Main course, Grand course and West courses are open during nighta.

Joetsu Kokusai
Daily until 20th March 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 9pm.
The area in front of the main base hotel is open for nighta.

Kandatsu Kogen
'Hobo All Night' ('Almost All Night') is on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before holidays between 29th December 2016 and 1st April 2017.
The nighta opening times on those days is from 6pm until 4am the following morning.

Maiko Snow Resort
Daily from 28th December 2016 until 19th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8pm.
The Maiko center quad lift on the Maiko Side of the resort operates for nighta.

Naeba
Daily until 26th March 2017.
Nighta is from 4pm until 8:30pm.
Part of the lower area of the resort is usually open for nighta.

NASPA Ski Garden
'Thanks' (extended) opening on Saturdays in December, January and February and also on 23rd December and from 30th December until 8th January 2017.
On those days the Number 1 lift is open until 6pm.

Yuzawa Nakazato
Every Saturday from 7th January until 11th March 2017, 29th December until 3rd January, 8th January 2017.
Nighta is from 5pm until 8:30pm.
The Number 2 pair lift operates during nighta.

Archive report: Posted at 8:49am on Thursday 29th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

Please see report above for resort-specific information

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*as of Thursday 29th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
29th December 1cm 22cm 0cm
28th December 9cm 28cm 0cm
27th December 0cm 10cm 25cm
26th December 0cm 4cm 35cm
25th December 0cm 0cm 15cm
24th December 2cm 0cm 2cm
23rd December 0cm 0cm 20cm
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Previous 14 days total 41cm 83cm 262cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 116cm 92cm 559cm
January observed snowfall total - 143cm 420cm
February observed snowfall total - 151cm 228cm
March observed snowfall total - 38cm 95cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 118cm 424cm 1303cm
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This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Yuzawa Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
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[2cm]
116cm
[118cm]
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[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
92cm
[92cm]
143cm
[235cm]
151cm
[386cm]
38cm
[424cm]
0cm
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2014/2015 season 0cm
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0cm
[0cm]
559cm
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420cm
[979cm]
228cm
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95cm
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[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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