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A ski lift operator struggles to clear a huge amount of snow at the Gala Ski Area in Yuzawa, Niigata Prefecture. Heavy snow has been falling in the Tohoku and Hokuriku regions since Friday.

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And the snow gods have delivered!!!

Just in time for oshogatsu at the ski resorts!!

They needed the snow and I am sure all of the operators are very very happy!!1

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This is so funny. I moved to Tokyo from Niigata on the first of December and they were worried that there was no snow. I past Yuzawa on the Shinkansen and it was raining. Be careful of what you wish for.

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He could use... heavier equipment. :)

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@atlarge, yes your right it seems a bit futile.

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The picture and caption are deceptive. Ski slopes do not lack heavy snow clearing equipment, but some areas can be cleared quickly and more easily by hand as more snow comes down. He's not trying to shift the entire mound!

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People forget due to the winds coming in from Siberia, the effect of the waters of the Sea of Japan, plus the uplifting effect of the mountains in Honshu, the result is that Sea of Japan side of Japan can get HUGE amounts of snowfall, some of the highest in the world. As such, towns like Akita, Joetsu, Itoigawa, Toyama and Kanazawa can literally be buried in snow during the winter months. Interestingly, Niigata actually has less snowfall, mostly because of the geographical shadowing effect of Sado Island offshore.

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