Yuzawa Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 31st December 2019

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Mostly cloudy
Base temp:
6°C

Top temp:
3°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None currently
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Good
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Tuesday 31st December 2019, 7:52am
0cm
Monday 30th December 2019, 8:37am 0cm
Sunday 29th December 2019, 7:45am 2cm
Saturday 28th December 2019, 8:05am 12cm
Friday 27th December 2019, 7:42am 0cm
Thursday 26th December 2019, 8:29am 0cm
Wednesday 25th December 2019, 7:35am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 14cm
Last 14 reports (total): 16cm
Current month (December 2019) total: 27cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 39cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Updated at 9:30am

Good morning from Yuzawa.

It is a mix of cloud and clearer skies this morning.

Forecast winds caused GALA Yuzawa and Yuzawa Kogen to be closed yesterday - both of those resorts are open again this morning, but sadly Maiko Snow Resort have said that they will not be opening today due to wind.

And unfortunately NASPA Ski Garden has also announced that it will not be able to open today; the southerly winds yesterday were not kind to the snow there. More snow needed.

I believe all the information below is correct but with quickly changing weather conditions, things might change during the day. Stronger winds might affect some lifts.

The forecast is still looking promising a run of days of snowfall - if correct, starting from this afternoon (with maybe a bit of rain before it starts).

Fingers crossed everyone.

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I do not want to dwell on how this season has been very slow to get going; I can't remember us having so little snow at New Year.

The numbers are pretty stark. This season in these reports we have observed just 39cm of snowfall in town since the beginning of the season. At the same point of the season in previous seasons, that number was 255cm, 291cm, 146cm, 92cm, 559cm, 136cm and 225cm. All of these numbers and archive reports can be found at the bottom of this report if you want to look back at any time.

We can only hope that January will see things change and we'll get the large amounts of snowfall that we expect here. For example, last January we observed an impressive 523cm of snowfall. We are used to lots of heavy snowfall in this area. It just doesn't feel right that it isn't happening yet. But as I have said before, things can and often do change quickly. We need some of that.

Coming this week? Let's hope so!

So I really do hope to be able to bring much better news tomorrow. Have a fine last day of the year and see you in 2020.

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Currently open:

GALA Yuzawa

- Part open
- The Gondola is operating
- Phaeton pair, Coach pair Sociable quad, Barouche quad, Victoria quad lifts are operating
- Most of the Central Area (Melody, Entertainment, Gigi, Grenoble courses) and three courses in the Northern Area (Swan, Broadway, Roman Holiday courses) are open
- Take the Gondola back down at the end of the day (Falcon downhill course not yet available)

Iwappara

- Part open
- Number 2 and 3 pair lifts, Number 1 romance lift and summit quad are operating
- 7 courses open

Joetsu Kokusai

- Part open
- 6 lifts operating
- 4 courses open (1 in front of hotel and 3 in the Panorama area)

Kagura

- All areas are open with most courses now available
- Both the Mitsumata Ropeway and Tashiro Ropeway bases ropeways are operating
- The lift/course connection between Tashiro Area and Kagura Area is available
- The Dragondola from Naeba is operating

Kandatsu Snow Resort

- Part open
- A, B and C lifts are operating and 5 courses open

Maiko Snow Resort

- Closed today due to forecast wind

Muica Snow Resort

- Part open
- Number 1 and 2 pair lifts operating

Muikamachi Hakkaisan

- Part open
- Ropeway and Number 3 lifts operating
- Part of upper area open

Naeba

- Part open
- You can now ride down from top to base
- The Dragondola now operating
- Details on Naeba Now report here

NASPA Ski Garden

- Closed today due to snow conditions

Yuzawa Kogen

- Park open
- Yuzawa Ropeway operating
- Cosmos lift, Summit Panorama lifts also operating

Yuzawa Nakazato

- Part open
- Number 2, 3, 4 and 5 Romance pair lifts operating

Yuzawa Park

- Part open
- Number 7 lift operating

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Photos (below) from around 8:30am on Monday 30th December 2019:

- GALA Yuzawa (2)
- NASPA Ski Garden
- Ishiuchi Maruyama (2)
- Route 17/Yuzawa IC exit
- Maiko Snow Resort

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Other resorts

As soon as there is enough snow - still checking
- Chateau Shiozawa
- Hakkai Sanroku
- Ishiuchi Hanaoka
- Ishiuchi Maruyama
- Itsukamachi
- Mt Granview
- Nakazato Snow Wood

Archive report: Posted at 7:52am on Tuesday 31st December 2019
The latest Yuzawa Now report can be found here

Yuzawa Now ski lift operation notes:

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 Tuesday 31st December 2019
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Yuzawa Now reports up until Tuesday 31st December 2019
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Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st December 2019
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)
  2019/2020
*as of Tuesday 31st December 2019
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
31st December 0cm 28cm 1cm
30th December 0cm 39cm 19cm
29th December 2cm 50cm 15cm
28th December 12cm 47cm 42cm
27th December 0cm 0cm 54cm
26th December 0cm 0cm 9cm
25th December 0cm 2cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 14cm 166cm 140cm
Previous 14 days total 16cm 180cm 182cm
November observed snowfall total 12cm 2cm 14cm
December observed snowfall total 27cm 253cm 277cm
January observed snowfall total - 523cm 392cm
February observed snowfall total - 190cm 162cm
March observed snowfall total - 50cm 11cm
April observed snowfall total - 24cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 39cm 1042cm 857cm
Yuzawa Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 31st December 2019
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 - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 12cm
[12cm]
27cm
[39cm]
- - - - -
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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