5cm of Fresh

Nozawa tree drop.

Nozawa tree drop.

Base up top: 305 cm    Temp Top; -4 Degrees

Base at bottom; 150 cm

New Snow since close: 5 cm

Weather; Overcast, valley fog

After a long spell with no new snowfalls finally the drought has broken with 5cm of fresh recorded up high, 2cm in the village. The tree runs will be refreshed in the upper areas and will be well worth a look today. The groomed runs will be smooth and soft with the new layer of snow. Temperatures are -4C at the peak and are expected to drop to around -10C in the next 24 hours. Winds are light.

Last night the annual lantern festival went off in the Hikage area. The free sake was flowing and for those who endured the light drizzle were rewarded with a spectacular fireworks show and drumming performance.

The skiing and boarding yesterday was better than the preceding few days. Soft but fast spring conditions opened some of the tree runs once again and the groomed runs were a treat for carving. Light drizzle persisted for much of the day in the village however this fell as snow on the upper three quarters of the mountain.

Looks like we should expect some good snow conditions over the next week. Forecast is light snow showers, which will continue today and into tomorrow. With a steadily dropping temperature its likely that there will be some powder on offer for tomorrow. Tuesday will be clear. Further snow will move over the region on Wednesday night so Thursday and Friday will offer some great skiing and boarding; a return to winter conditions.

Snow forecast tonight

Burn the trees!

Burn the trees!

Base up top: 300 cm    Temp Top; -3 Degrees

Base at bottom; 150 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Fog

 

Its a very atmospheric morning in Nozawa Onsen this morning. Low clouds are circulating around the valleys and peaks giving the place a really Jurassic feel. Temperatures have cooled slightly in comparison to the past couple of days with negatives from mid mountain up. Again, the best riding today will be the groomed runs which will be icy up top, softening further down on the mountain.

Yesterday saw some nice riding on the groomed runs below the fog. It was fast up top with temperatures below freezing and slushy on the lower pistes. Off piste was not the best but the natural half pipes at Yamabiko were good with the right goggle lens.

We expect temperatures to continue to cool today and tomorrow with the freezing level dropping back to sea level by tomorrow afternoon. Snow showers are expected tonight and into tomorrow. Monday will likely be clear before another snow bearing system moves over the region on Wednesday night.

Mild and Damp

Heather carving up Yamabiko.

Heather carving up Yamabiko.

Base up top: 310 cm    Temp Top; 0 Degrees

Base at bottom; 155 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

Its a damp morning in Nozawa Onsen this morning. We received some precipitation overnight to which the cover has held up better than expected. If your up for some skiing today the groomed runs will be your best bet, especially those on the upper slopes. Head to areas of higher traffic levels which will have the fastest snow conditions. Luckily these warm conditions should gradually subside over the coming days.

Yesterday was very similar to what we have today. Fortunately the rain held off for most of the day but the flat sections were slow in combination with the very warm temperatures. Steeper areas that had been skied more frequently held snow that was somewhat faster and as a result were the better areas for skiing and boarding.

According to the forecast we should expect plenty of snow over the coming week. The freezing level will drop to around 1000m by tomorrow resulting in snow across the upper areas of the mountain. The freezing level will drop back to 0m by late Monday next week and snow is forecast across this period. Further ahead, a solid dump is possible around Wednesday night.

Overcast, Mild Temperatures

A few more days and it will be back to this in Nozawa.

A few more days and it will be back to this in Nozawa.

Base up top: 330 cm    Temp Top; +2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 170 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

An overcast morning in Nozawa Onsen with high cloud moving in overnight. Temperatures are positive across the mountain so conditions will be slushy from the outset. Today the pick will be the groomed runs which will be smooth but forgiving with the soft snow. The park and pipe will be good to hit today with a magnanimous surface absorbing any mistakes. Some liquid precipitation is a possibility this afternoon so make sure to wear extra waterproof gear on the mountain.

Yesterday was a great day of spring-like skiing. Temperatures were quite warm so again the snow was slushy but forgiving. Glorious sunshine lasted all day long, there were many sunburnt red faces coming down the mountain during the afternoon! The natural half pipe was in fine form at Yamabiko.

The freezing level will reach it peak today and make a gradual decline over the next few days. As alluded to earlier it looks like we will get some resin later today, but it will likely turn to snow at upper elevations by early tomorrow morning. Light snow will continue until Sunday at which point the freezing level will drop to around 300m asl and skies will mostly clear.

Groomed runs the pick today

Miniature Nozawa.

Miniature Nozawa.

Base up top: 340 cm    Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 180 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny

A classic bluebird morning in Nozawa. A slight haze is enveloping the lower valleys but the peaks are soaring through into a cloudless crystalline atmosphere. The on piste skiing will be sensational this morning with fast ultra smooth groomers. Later in the afternoon all areas but Yamabiko will become slightly slushy with warming temperatures giving way to soft and playful riding. Later in the day the park and pipe will be good fun. Off piste conditions are variable and packed depending on aspect.

Yesterday saw heavily isolated light snow showers continue for much of the morning before gradually decreasing during the late afternoon. A moderate breeze blew in some nice stashes which collected in leeward areas for the last runs. The off piste skiing was ok but really it was a day for the groomed runs which remained very smooth well into the afternoon. It was really great to let the skis and boards run with the knowledge you wouldn’t get thrown off by unexpected ruts and bumps. The Yamabiko groomers were especially nice.

According to weather predictions we are at the beginning of a brief spike into spring like temperatures with the freezing level rising to around 2000m tomorrow. Unfortunately this may be accompanied by some precipitation tomorrow afternoon and night. But luckily this warm spell is only short lived with temperatures nosediving again on Friday into the weekend. All next week we should expect freezing winter conditions in combination with snowfalls, heaviest over the weekend and mid next week.

 

Isolated Snow Showers

Sunny Nozawa Onsen landscape yesterday.

Sunny Nozawa Onsen landscape yesterday.

Base up top: 340 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 185 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Isolated snow showers

Isolated snow showers are passing over Nozawa Onsen this morning delivering a dusting of fresh across the pistes. These passing showers should continue for most of the day before clearing later tonight. The pick today will be the groomed runs, which will be soft and fast at the top and hard and fast on the lower elevation pistes. Most areas of powder have become tracked however there are still a few discontinuous patches adjacent to trees, good for one or two turns.

Yesterday saw fine weather persist for the duration. There were still some nice powder runs if you knew where to look, but really the pistes were the place to be. They remained very smooth and fast with low crowd levels. Temperatures warmed during the afternoon softening the lower runs.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of a brief spike in temperatures with the freezing level rising to around 2000m in conjunction with clear skies. Thursday should see some clouds roll over and unfortunately there is the possibility of rain. On Friday temperatures will most likely gradually drop with light snow showers moving over the region. The freezing level will gradually decline back to around 0m, at this stage by Sunday.

Bluebird Monday

Nozawa Onsen powder.

Nozawa Onsen powder.

Base up top: 345 cm    Temp Top; -11 Degrees

Base at bottom; 190 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear

 

Its another full bluebird morning in Nozawa Onsen. Light winds, low temperatures and good snow. Look to the West for potential views of the Sea of Japan, and of course the surrounding Japan Alps that inspire ski and snowboard touring adventures. Much of the remaining powder snow became tracked out yesterday, apart from a few of the secret localities. Unless you know where these are the best riding will be the groomed runs and park today.

Yesterday was a great day for exploring. Fine clear weather inspired confidence and many great runs were found amongst the trees. Obvious areas became tracked by mid morning and most people retreated to the groomers for some carving action. Apart from a few scattered clouds surrounding the peak, fine clear weather remained for most of the day.

We may experience some very isolated snow showers tomorrow afternoon but apart from that we will have clear bluebird conditions until Thursday afternoon. Temperatures will gradually warm during this time to a peak freezing level of 2000m. Thursday night is showing the possibility of rain, which will turn to snow Friday morning when the freezing level drops. In the long range forecast cold temperatures and snow should continue from Friday until at least Tuesday next week.

Another fine day

Finding some natural features amongst the trees.

Finding some natural features amongst the trees.

Base up top: 360 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 200 cm

New Snow since close: 5 cm

Weather; Clear

Another picture perfect morning in Nozawa Onsen today. Clear cloudless skies are providing great views across the valley, its sure to be a fine day on the hill. Since last lifts yesterday we have had another unexpected 5cm fall across most of the resort, just enough to fill in yesterdays tracks and provide some sweet fresh lines.

Again, the best riding earlier will be in the Yamabiko area, which is very beautiful at the moment with heavily snow laden trees. As the day progresses and the sun takes hold head to the north facing slopes which will retain the best snow quality. The park and pipe will also be worth a look during the afternoon. Make the most of the fresh powder while it lasts, we are due for a break in snowfalls for a few days.

Yesterday was very similar to what we have today. Partly cloudy skies cleared by mid morning coupled with the powder that fell the night before ensured there was some excellent skiing and boarding on offer. Trees runs were great in the morning and during the afternoon the groomers were prime for some fast paced carves or mellow cruising.

As suggested earlier we will experience a break in snowfalls for at least the next half week or so with mostly fine clear weather forecast. Temperatures will remain cold until Wednesday afternoon when a rise in the freezing level is suggested. This will peak at around 2000m on Thursday at this stage. Luckily this is just a brief event with temperatures declining again Friday into Saturday. We expected some light snowfalls during this time.

20cm, Bluebird Conditions

Lucas launches off a massive pillow in Nozawa Onsen.

Lucas launches off a massive pillow in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 360 cm    Temp Top; -11 Degrees

Base at bottom; 210 cm

New Snow since close: 15-20 cm

Weather; Mostly sunny

The good times keep rolling on here in Nozawa Onsen with another unexpected moderate snowfall overnight.  Although the forecast suggested only light very isolated falls we have received a tasty 15-20cm across the upper mountain, slightly less lower down. With the sun shinning, cold temperatures and idealic cumulus clouds floating about the peaks its sure to be a spectacular day on the hill, don’t forget the cameras!

Like the past week or so, tree runs will be the pick today with knee to thigh deep powder ready for slashing and spraying. Head to Yamabiko trees early and when that becomes tracked, your favourite secret tree runs. For those who like to feel the bottom, groomed runs will also be a treat today, fast and smooth early. May become choppy during the afternoon considering its the weekend.

Yesterday was also excellent. We received about 15-20cm the night before which produced a perfect covering to remove tracks from the day before. Overcast skies and isolated snow showers continued for the day. Fog enveloped the upper reaches of the mountain for much of the day, obscuring visibility, however below about 1400m was clear.

It looks like we are set for a period of mostly clear weather for the next few days. The freezing level will stick around 0-200 meters until Tuesday when a gradual rise is expected. Winds will stay light throughout. Further ahead we should expect a few days of spring-like skiing over the later half of the week with warmer temperatures. In the long range forecast more snow is expected from late Saturday onwards.

Overcast, Clearing Later

Classic Nozawa Onsen powder run.

Classic Nozawa Onsen powder run.

Base up top: 360 cm    Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 1 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Today marks the first morning in about a week where it hasn’t been snowing in Nozawa Onsen. Mid level cloud is covering the region, but is expected to clear later in the day. A dusting of new snow has been recorded near the top of resort since last lifts, nothing substantial. Temperatures are similar to yesterday, however are expected to warm later in the day as the sun makes an appearance.

Likewise, the riding today will be similar to yesterday. Untouched tree runs will the pick for the powder hounds, some may require a bit of a search. Groomed runs will be pristine; smooth, fast and remaining that way all day with the minimal crowds.

Looking at the forecast ahead, cold conditions are set to remain into the foreseeable future. The next 5 days will be mostly clear with the occasional passing snow shower. These are most likely tomorrow and on Sunday. Winds will remain light throughout.