Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016

One of our good days this season, but alas, not enough of them


The season is still going here but given conditions we will be closing the Nozawa Onsen Snow Report off from today.

We will be back again in late November or early December as we wind up for the 2016/17 season. You can keep in touch during the off-season via our Facebook page. Thanks very much for all your support. We write the report as a service to Nozawa Onsen visitors and hope it brings you a comprehensive and unbiased viewpoint throughout the season.

A very big thanks to Nozawa Holidays for their support. Get you bookings in early for next season because they get busier every year! Big thanks especially to Mark, Patrick and the crew for all their great reports and pics.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016

Last Nozawa Onsen snow report for the season

Anyway, onto business. It’s beautiful spring days now in Nozawa Onsen. Temperatures were high yesterday and was nice and warm all around town with everyone lapping up the sunshine. The farmers are coming out of the woodwork and lots of locals starting work on their gardens and plots.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016: Stats

Base at top: 120 cm
Temp at Top: 7 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 40 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Sunny with clouds forming

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016

And it’s good night from us for another season

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016: Overview

On the slopes it was great views across to the Japan sea with spring conditions under foot. Today is the last day of the official Winter Season for the resort with “Haru Yama” or Spring Mountain starting from tomorrow the 4th of April. That will mean all the bottom lifts and the Hikage Gondola will close for good. The Nagasaka Gondola, Yamabiko Lifts, Uenotaira and Paradise should remain open. So it will be a top of mountain game from here on in.

The bottom of the mountain has been on the way out for a while anyway and they are just holding on to the beginner trail to ride down today. Would say from tomorrow it will be a download on the Gondola.

Good news is that lift prices also drop from tomorrow to just 3700 Yen a day for adults and 1700 Yen for kids. Lots of the restaurants and cafes will close at the bottom from today too including the Mt Dock Gondola Café so drop in and get your last Coffee fix from the gang there. Buna and the Yamabiko restaurants will remain open so be sure to get up and enjoy the views!

Have a great rest of the season and see you in 2016/17!

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 3 April 2016: Stats

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016: Here comes the snow

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016

Here comes the snow

What we thought would be a snowy day in Nozawa yesterday turned out to be a fairly mild day with some occasional cloud. With our base reading on the rise, things are only looking better for us with heavy snow forecast to fall throughout the day.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016: Stats

Base at top: 165 cm
Temp at Top; -8 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 130 cm
New Snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Snow and moderate fog


Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016: Overview

The clouds have already laid down 5cm of fresh up the top and we’re just starting to see it accumulate down here in the village.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016

The skies are looking promising, with around 30cm still forecast to come down during the day. Visibility won’t be too great up on the mountain with fog clouds, though that must be the trade off for some good snow.

Tomorrow is looking good too, with snow showers forecast for some of the day. Hopefully this means that the sun might break through and give us, once again, some blue skies for an awesome powder day!

Night skiing is on tonight until 8pm so keep your boots on for some more skiing.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2016

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Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016

A beautiful day yesterday, and a powder day to come.

On piste conditions were fantastic in Nozawa yesterday. After a light covering of snow from Wednesday, the slopes were nothing but fast and smooth, and fairly empty too! The sun was out for the whole day, though temperatures were cold keeping the snowpack nice and fresh.

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016: Stats

Base at top: 165 cm
Temp at Top; -7 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 130 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Light snow and light winds all day


Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2016: Overview

It’s currently snowing very lightly down in the village and we’re expecting a couple of centimetres up the top today. Enough to keep the underfoot conditions nice and to keep the trees looking pretty. Winds will be mild today and tomorrow, increasing on Saturday night/Sunday morning.

We’re excited to see that our forecast for the weekend has been upgraded, and hopefully it stays that way. At this stage, we’re looking at 30+ cm to fall on Saturday, becoming heaviest on Saturday night. Sunday should be an awesome powder day! Snow should continue to fall throughout the weekend before the system clears on Monday and brings us back the sun.

 

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Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016: A beautiful weekend in Nozawa

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016

A beautiful weekend in Nozawa

After a nice lot of snow fell on Friday night, the weekend was set to be a good one. We were spoilt with light clouds and calm skies on Saturday, followed by blue skies all of Sunday.


Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016: Stats

Base at top: 155 cm
Temp at Top; -10 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 135 cm
New Snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Light snow, mild winds

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016: Overview

We had some great powder riding on Saturday morning with a few lesser known sections still untracked on Sunday. The low temperatures kept the snow fresh for the whole weekend.

Clouds began forming above Nozawa overnight and now we’ve got light snow falling across the mountain. This should continue until the afternoon, keeping the pistes nice and fresh. Temperatures will be around the -10 mark today and winds will be mild, so there should be some great skiing across the whole mountain. West to North-Westerly winds will pick up a bit tomorrow, which might make some of the higher altitude runs quite cold, but nothing too serious. We’re looking forward to Friday; there’s a large lot of snow predicted to fall so we’ll see how that turns out!

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2016

Most courses are planned to be open, the following are not currently open:

Challenge 39 °
Grand Prix
Hachiman
Mukairin
Kandahar East
Kandahar West

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10 things not to miss in Nozawa Onsen

11 must see things in Nozawa Onsen

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Things To Do In Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen is not only one of the best ski resort areas in Japan but is also famous for it’s rustic village, food, festivals and public hot springs (onsen). So it’s the perfect place for foreign visitors to enjoy both skiing and traditional Japanese experiences. Here are eleven things you simply shouldn’t miss while you’re at Nozawa Onsen.


11 must see things in Nozawa Onsen

Food tasting in the village.

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11 must see things in Nozawa Onsen

In no particular order…

1. Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort

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Deep powder in Nozawa Onsen

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11 must see things in Nozawa Onsen

Yuto hacks the fresh Japow at Nozawa.

Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort is one of the most amazing ski areas in Japan. The snow quality is excellent and there is no man made stuff – only 100% natural Japow! There is good snow until March and the season runs through till the beginning of May. There is plenty of terrain to explore, offering over fifty kilometres of trails or pistes beginning at an elevation of 1,085 meters with 297 hectares of skiing surface. One of the pluses of skiing at Nozawa is that there really is something for everybody. Check here for more info or check out the latest Nozawa Snow Report!

2. Soto-Yu

11 must see things in Nozawa Onsen

Kawaharu Yu Onsen cold meets hot in Nozawa Onsen

Soto no yu means public hot spring baths and there are 13 soto no yu at the Nozawa Onsen. All of them are beautiful, clean and well-maintained by the local community. The O-yu bathhouse is the biggest of them and is a must-try. Entry is free but a donation is requested for upkeep and maintenance. You must bring your own towel and toiletries with you as well. Be careful – they are very hot!

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Oyu Onsen in Nozawa Onsen Village

3. Dosojin Fire Festival

A steaming man at the Nozawa Onsen fire festival.

A steaming man at the Nozawa Onsen fire festival.

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Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015

The famous Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival is nationally designated as an important intangible folk cultural property. It originally began as an invocation for a good harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year, but has been expanded to include a good ski season as well. Taking place on January 15th every year, the festival is staged by men aged 42 and 25 (so-called “unlucky ages”) to celebrate the birth of a family’s first child, to dispel evil spirits and also to pray for happy marriage. Fire and snow always go well and the Nozawa Onsen fire festival exemplifies this as one of the three great fire festivals in Japan. This is the biggest event in the village over the year.

4. Sake

Sake tasting night always popular

Sake tasting nights are always popular in Nozawa Onsen

Sake is Japanese traditional rice wine which you can drink hot or cold. Nagano is one of the famous sake producing areas of Japan. It is great to enjoy with the local cuisine.

5. Ryokan (Japanese Inn)

Nozawa Onsen Ryokan and traditional Inns

Traditional Japanese hotels, or ryokan, at Nozawa Onsen are a very good option for those looking for quality Japanese service and traditional hospitality in Nozawa Onsen.This accommodation usually includes a traditional Japanese dinner with courses, a traditional breakfast, hot springs and a yukata to relax in while you stay. There are numerous Nozawa Onsen ryokan and traditional inns from the very old to the very new.

A typical Nozawa Onsen ryokan meal

Nozaw Onsen Ryokan

A traditional Nozawa Onsen ryokan photo

6. Rotenburo (outdoor baths)

Outdoor Onsen not far from Nozawa best to drive or take a tour

An outdoor onsen at Maguse – not far from Nozawa.

Rotenburo are hot springs located outdoors. Many of the local ryokan and hotels have both indoor and outdoor baths.

You can enjoy some beautiful outdoor scenery over the snowy mountains and hills, sometimes while also enjoying warm sake. It is truly a fantastic experience.

7. Onsen tamago (eggs) experience

The local cooking onsen.

The local cooking onsen for villagers at Nozawa.

Onsen tamago are boiled eggs which have been boiled in the hot springs. You can experience cooking your own onsen tamago around some public bathhouses or ryokan. You can also buy them in some of the local gift shops.


8. Countdown fireworks on the ski slope

Nozawa Onsen fire festival fireworks.

Nozawa Onsen fire festival fireworks.

The Nagasaka slope extends night skiing until 11:30 PM on New Year’s Eve. At midnight visitors can enjoy the fireworks and the New Year countdown. Cask sake is served to visitors free of charge.

The New Year started with a bang

The New Year starts with a bang

There is another fireworks display in early March on the Hikage slopes. Enjoy a fantastic world of light featuring tomyo lights, fireworks on the snow, and demonstrations of flare skiing.

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9. Ashi no yu (foot baths)

Good day for an Onsen by Julie Jobson

Good day for a foot onsen

Ashi no yu means hot spring foot bath. There are a few of these located in Nozawa Onsen with the most famous being opposite Oyu in the centre of the village.

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Nozawa Onsen foot bath

10. Asa-ichi

This is an early morning market open every Sunday (and other designated days) from May to December. They sell a variety of local products which include vegetables, Japanese pickles, crafts, and more. It is a great place to pick up some souvenirs and also try some of the local vegetables like Nozawana. All of the reviews say to get there early so don’t miss it!

Asa-ichi Markets in Nozawa Onsen

Asa-ichi Markets in Nozawa Onsen

You can also check out the Hana-no-eki markets down the hill on the banks of the Chikuma River. The facility sells local specialty goods including murasakimai (purple long-grained rice), uchiyama paper, hand brooms and other traditional handcrafted goods. A farmer’s market on site sells an array of freshly harvested vegetables from local fields. Also try the carrot icecream!

Farmers market at Hana-no-eki in nearby Iiyama

Farmers market at Hana-no-eki in nearby Iiyama

If can’t get to the either there are quite a few shops that sell all kinds of local produce and products as well as souvenirs.

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If you miss the Asa-ichi market take a wander amongst the local shops.

11. Buy an Oyaki bun

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 30 January 2014

Oyaki in the main street of Nozawa Onsen

Local specialties on the main street (Oyu Dori) include Oyaki (steamed buns) with various fillings. This local dish is made by wrapping vegetables and other ingredients in flour and steaming with onsen water or baking it. It typically contains Nozawana, a vegetable that is a local specialty in Nozawa Onsen. However Oyaki is prepared in a wide variety of ways, such as sweet versions containing adzuki beans or pumpkin.

12 (bonus). Take a trip to the Snow Monkeys

A visit to the Nozawa area would not be complete without seeing the Japan Snow Monkeys in Jigokudani Monkey Park. It is a popular day trip from Nozawa Onsen.

The ever photogenic snow monkeys.

The ever photogenic snow monkeys.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 7 December 2014. Nozawa season starts today!

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 7 December 2014. Nozawa season starts today

A bit of Nozawa Magic in December

Has snowed heavily all night in Nozawa with 40cm falling in the village and a massive 70cm up top at Yamabiko!

The magic has arrived early and the Nozawa powder machine is in overdrive. The good news is the Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort opens today with the Yamabiko lifts and main Nagasaka Gondola set to operate!

Some riders lined up for first lifts this morning

The following courses are open:

Yamabiko A
Yamabiko B
Yamabiko C
Yamabiko D
Yamabiko E
Kokenashi

These lifts are open:

Nagasaka Gondola
Yamabiko Four Lift
Yamabiko Number 2 Four Lift

With only a handful of keen riders in the village and heavy snow forecast to fall all day it is going to be a December day to remember! Hope to see you up here.

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Base up top (Yamabiko): 135 cm

Temp Top: 5 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira: 135cm

Base at bottom: 0 cm

Weather: Great puking snow on and off

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 7 December 2014. Nozawa season starts tomorrow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 7 December 2014. Nozawa season starts tomorrow

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So if you are still thinking about your Nozawa ski trip for this season already you can book some Nozawa accommodation deals right now or check out the great packages at Nozawa Holidays.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 12 April 2014 and that’s a wrap

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 12 April 2014 and that’s a wrap

As you’ve probably guessed by now the season is just about done here. There are still some lifts open with keen skiers enjoying the sun and spring conditions. There is some ski cross on this weekend as well as a chance to check out some demo skis and boards for the 2014/15 season. Some lifts will stay open until the end of Golden Week here (May 6) or if the snow runs out sooner. Of course it’s naturally a great time to be out in the backcountry.

Last Nozawa snow report for the season - blue springtime day

Base up top (Yamabiko): 295 cm

Temp Top: 5 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira: 210cm

Base at bottom: 100 cm

Weather: Bluebird springtime goodness

See the Nozawa Onsen webcams for current conditions.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12th April 2014

The snow this season has been a bit inconsistent but there’s also been plenty of great Nozawa pow days. A big thanks to Mark and and all the crew at Nozawa Holidays for their help with the reports this season. You guys rock! Some of them were over visiting Myoko this week for a tour to Mount Huichi.

Backcountry Myoko


So if you are thinking about your Nozawa ski trip for next season already you can book some Nozawa accommodation deals right now or check out the great packages at Nozawa Holidays.

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Excellent week ahead

Nozawa Onsen pillow factory.

Nozawa Onsen pillow factory.

Base up top: 310 cm    Temp Top; -1 Degrees

Base at bottom; 140 cm

New Snow since close: 5 cm

Weather; Moderate snow

 

Its dumping! Heavy flakes are falling rapidly from the sky this morning in Nozawa Onsen. Since last lifts yesterday around 5 cm has collected on the upper slopes. Temperatures are colder than expected as well with snow falling even in the village. For intermediate to advanced riders the Yamabiko trees will offer some great riding in the fresh pow whilst the mid mountain groomers will be the best bet for some carving action.

Not only was yesterday a visual stunner it was also one of the better days we’ve had recently from a skiing and boarding perspective. The boot deep layer of fresh provided some excellent turns through the trees. The fact that you could feel the hard surface beneath the powder layer meant it was excellent for those just learning to ski and board powder. There were some spectacular views, with even the Hakuba range visible in the distance.

We are looking at possibly one of the best one week forecast we have seen so far this season. Consistent moderate and at times heavy snowfalls will move over the region over the next 6 days. The temperatures are excellent over this time as well with the freezing level sitting at 0m. Winds will be moderate.

 

Picture Perfect in Nozawa

Pavel skiing in the Yamabiko trees yesterday.

Pavel skiing in the Yamabiko trees yesterday.

Base up top: 310 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 145 cm

New Snow since close: 2 cm

Weather; Clear

 

A fine ultra clear morning in Nozawa Onsen. Not a cloud in the sky and with a decent top up of fresh powder on the upper half of the mountain over the past 24 hours. Yamabiko area will be the top pick today for intermediate to advanced riders. The trees will offer some nice powder turns whilst the groomed runs will be smooth and fast. Beginners should find the greatest level of enjoyment in the Paradise area with a smooth consistent surface.

Yesterday was surprisingly good. Later in the afternoon when a greater depth had collected the Yamabiko trees offered some mostly untracked boot deep powder. Lower runs were hard and mostly fast, challenging for beginners and boarders but for those on narrower skis were able to lay down some strong carves.

We have an impressive forecast for the next week or so. Looks like the region will collect some substantial falls starting from tomorrow. The freezing level will decrease from around 1000m back to sea level by Thursday morning and moderate snowfalls will continue until Friday, becoming light over the weekend. Winds will remain moderate to strong over this time. In the long range another strong system looks possible for early next week.

Light snow is falling

Snow clearing.

Snow clearing.

Base up top: 300 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 145 cm

New Snow since close: 2 cm

Weather; Light snow

We woke this morning in Nozawa to some occasional undersized flakes however since then snowfalls have progressed and we now have some decent moderate snow falling from the sky. Riding today will be dust on crust conditions with the fresh falling on a firm base layer. Best areas will be the well groomed pistes as the off piste runs have a severe death cookie layer.

Yesterday was better for riding on the lower pistes. A heavy fog enveloped the upper slopes limiting visibility but lower down was better. Light isolated snow fell about the peak for most of the day but no significant falls were recorded.

Looks like we have a decent forecast for most of the week. Moderate snowfalls are expected on Wednesday into Friday with the best quality snow falling on Thursday and Friday. Freezing level of around 0m is expected during this time.