10/10

Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

One of the best days of the season yesterday? The words were certainly tossed around quite a bit yesterday afternoon by frothing skiers and boarders descending from the hill. Id give it a top five finish personally. The weather, the views, the snow, the only downside was the weekend crowds that luckily spread out after the morning rush. Yes, the exposed slopes became sun affected during the afternoon but the shaded gullies held snow that was perfect for charging. The light air moving glittering ice particles about the upper trees added a remarkable, even magical feel to the mountain. Top stuff.

This morning we have had some misty cloud traverse over the local area. The forecast suggests a partly cloudy day so it remains to be seen whether the fog will stick around or clear later. With a southerly winds warming temperatures the snow will be slightly heavier today, but again, the shaded gullies will retain all the good stuff. Crowds may be a bit hectic earlier, top picks for the day, the mid station area for beginners with cruisy uncrowded slopes and Challenge area for advanced riders.

When we analyse the forecast its quite obvious that tomorrow will be touch and go. Rain is a distinct possibility but luckily a cold front is due on Tuesday around lunch returning snow and very cold temperatures to the region and enduring to Friday at least.