Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Friday 30th December 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:01am on Friday 30th December 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
It's snowing
Base temp:
-1°C

Top temp:
-3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Snow
wind condition
NNW
visibility condition
Limited to poor
This report
Friday 30th December 2016, 9:01am
26cm
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
Last 7 reports (total): 38cm
Last 14 reports (total): 59cm
Current month (December 2016) total: 142cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 144cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:01am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

It's a very good morning to you all from Yuzawa.

We have received a decent amount of snow overnight. Here's what the resorts are reporting this morning:

Naeba: 30-40cm
Kagura: 30-40cm
Mitsumata: 30cm
Tashiro: 30cm
Maiko Snow Resort: 20-40cm

We are measuring 26cm in our spot and that is about the same in the neighbouring Ishiuchi area.

Nice. :)

Yesterday was a calm and fine day as forecast and indeed it did get cloudy later on in the day before snow started falling. And overnight of course it continued with the snow we have on the ground this morning being the result.

This snow will have suddenly breathed fresh life into lower ski resort areas that were struggling and we can only hope for lots more of this kind of snowfall. Thank you! It is great to see resorts finally getting closer to being 'fully open'.

After all, we really need to remember that 20-30cm is more like the norm in this particular region, rather than something special. We expect this kind of snow (and more) often and consistently.

Anyway it is still snowing now so we should get some more cm today before it eases off. It's probably going to be milder tomorrow and according to some forecasts (but not others), a good chance of sunshine. For the next snowfall after today look towards Tuesday. Come on!!!

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At the start of the day wind is affecting top lifts at Naeba, the Dragondola and parts of Kagura. See below for more. GALA Yuzawa is open as planned.

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Resort-specific info as of Friday 30th 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. All but two lifts operating and all courses are now available.
Nighta operations have also started.
Official snow depth: 100cm

Iwappara
Iwappara is part open. 7 lifts and 14 courses are open, mostly mid to upper area.
Nighta is now available.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Joetsu Kokusai
More of Joetsu Kokusai is now open with 10 lifts operating and 11 courses up there open.
Official snow depth: 60cm

Kagura
All areas of Kagura are generally open but wind is affecting the resort this morning.
Mitsumata Ropeway to Kagura Number 1 Romance lift and Tashiro Ropeway to Tashiro Number 6 romance lift areas open at the start of the day.
Official snow depth:
Kagura - 170cm
Mitsumata - 150cm
Tashiro - 130cm

Kandatsu Kogen
Kandatsu Kogen is now mostly open with 5 lifts planned to be operating.
Nighta from 6pm until 4am tomorrow morning.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Naeba
Most lifts operating but Dragondola, Number 1 Gondola and upper lift on hold at the start of the day due to strong winds.
Official snow depth: 80cm

Maiko Snow Resort
Looks like Maiko is going to be opening the Nagamine area today which means that all three of the main areas will be open.
Not fully open yet but 8 lifts and 16 courses should be available.
Official snow depth:
Upper - 110cm
Base - 40cm

Muikamachi Hakkaisan
The Ropeway, Number 1 and Number 3 romance pair lifts are operating.
Official snow depth: 80cm

NASPA Ski Garden
NASPA Ski Garden is open. All lifts are operating and all courses except A Course (and moguls course area) are open.
Official snow depth: 90cm

Yuzawa Kogen
Yuzawa Kogen is mostly open including the lower Nunoba area.
All lifts operating.
Official snow depth:
Top - 100cm
Base - 40cm

Yuzawa Park
Yuzawa Park is part open with the Number 1 and Number 7 lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 55cm

Yuzawa Nakazato
Yuzawa Nakazato is part open with 6 lifts operating.
Official snow depth: 50cm

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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 9:01am on Friday 30th December 2016
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

More opening up now that we have had this decent snowfall. See report for updated resort-specific details

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  2016/2017
*as of Friday 30th December 2016
2015/2016
Season
2014/2015
Season
30th December 26cm 9cm 2cm
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
Previous 7 days total 38cm 73cm 79cm
Previous 14 days total 59cm 92cm 254cm
November observed snowfall total 2cm 0cm 0cm
December observed snowfall total 142cm 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 144cm 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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  October November December January February March April May
2019/2020 season - - - - - - - -
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
142cm
[144cm]
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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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