Isolated snowfalls, clearing later

Well overhead in Nozawa Onsen.

Well overhead in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 370 cm    Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 230 cm

New Snow since close: 5-10 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

The snow just keeps falling here in Nozawa Onsen. Although a clear day was predicted yesterday we have light snow flurries continuing over the mountain. In combination with a solid base pushing towards the four meter mark there is sure to be some great riding in all areas of the mountain. Since close of lifts yesterday we have had 5-10cm fall across Nozawa Onsen and cold temperatures; its currently sitting at -10C at Yamabiko.

Trees runs will be very nice today and the groomers will be soft with the fresh layer of powder. Off piste the snow has consolidated nicely to a very manageable depth and the death cookie layer is almost completely buried. Never ski off piste alone or without avalanche gear and training.

Yesterday was similar to what we have today. The cold conditions and ample fresh pow ensured those who were up on the mountain experienced some of the best conditions this season. Light snow showers continued for the day, continuously topping up the cover for fresh tracks all day long, nice!

According to current predictions, snow showers should ease later today before clearing completely overnight. Tomorrow will be full bluebird, cold and windless. Friday should produce the occasional isolated snow shower as will Saturday and Sunday. Perfect riding conditions for the next few days at least.

 

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report, 4 January 2014 - Off piste magic

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 18 February 2014: A great week predicted

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 18 February 2014

A great week predicted in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 18 February 2014

Always powder in Nozawa.

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 370 cm Temp Top: -10 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 230 cm Temp Bottom: -4 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 25 cm

Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 18 February 2014

We currently have some light snow falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. Cold temperatures should ensure that there will be some nice powder on offer about the resort with 25cm of overnight falls. There will be excellent riding in all areas of the mountain with plentiful powder stashes in the trees and silky smooth groomed runs.

The current forecast suggests there will be continued cold temperatures in combination with isolated snowfalls for much of the week. Posibilities for bluebird days include tomorrow, Thursday morning and over the weekend. There are no large dumps expected over the forecast period.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 18 February 2014

More snow clearing today in Nozawa Onsen


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014

Pow pow in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014

How much snow in Nozawa Onsen? This much apparently!

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 315 cm Temp Top: -7 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 215 cm Temp Bottom: -1 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 10+ cm

Weather: Continuing snow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014

So much snow here in Nozawa Onsen today that we can’t give you much of a report. Too busy trying to shovel everything away. There’s been another 10+ cm overnight but that is a bit hard to measure because there’s a lot of deeper wind blown snow. Trains are running today although look out for delays or sudden cancellations. There are still problems on the Nagano shinkansen line between Nagano and Karuizawa.

As for the rest, everything is pretty much the same as yesterday:

The skiing and boarding today will be pretty good but may be difficult with the heavy snow creating easy conditions for getting stuck. Fat skis and powder boards only in the trees today and be prepared for long and difficult hikes out if you loose speed and get stuck. Those who are equipped and experienced in these kind of conditions should enjoy the deep powder, but those not so should stick to the marked trails. Hazardous conditions in the backcountry, avalanche risk is very high

Looking at the forecast ahead, snowfall rates should ease off this afternoon in combination with the wind abating. Light snow will continue overnight and into tomorrow, becoming isolated on Tuesday. Temperatures should decrease over this time with the freezing level dropping down to sea level. Wednesday looks to be partly cloudy before another system moves over Thursday into Friday.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014

The line up yesterday at the Nagasaka Gondola


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 17 February 2014: Pow pow in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 16 February 2014: Crazy Blizzard

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 16 February 2014

Crazy Blizzard in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 16 February 2014

Another powder day at Nozawa Onsen!

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 305 cm Temp Top: -6 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 215 cm Temp Bottom: 0 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 30+ cm

Weather: Blizzard

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 16 February 2014

Crazy weather here in Nozawa Onsen this morning. Strong winds and heavy blowing snow are creating a blizzard across the mountain and in the village. The good news is that the main Nagasaka gondola is running at half speed so its still possible to access most of the mountain. Its uncertain how much fell over night (we will get a better idea once mid mountain measurements are completed). 30cm accumulation was recorded at Yamabiko, however the actual totals would have been far higher considering much of the fresh snow would have been blown from this more exposed area. Probably around about 60cm fell over night.

The skiing and boarding today will be pretty good but may be difficult with the heavy snow creating easy conditions for getting stuck. Fat skis and powder boards only in the trees today and be prepared for long and difficult hikes out if you loose speed and get stuck. Those who are equipped and experienced in these kind of conditions should enjoy the deep powder, but those not so should stick to the marked trails. Hazardous conditions in the backcountry, avalanche risk is very high.

Yesterday was also a pretty hectic day. There was so much snow that the ski patrol was forced to close some runs because of too much snow. Skyline and many of the runs dropping off the side were closed during different periods yesterday. The snow was deep and slightly heavy but still awesome once you obtained a bit of speed. Many of the groomed runs became narrow cat tracks with deep walls of powder on either side. Not the best day for beginners, but great for everyone else.

Looking at the forecast ahead, snowfall rates should ease off this afternoon in combination with the wind abating. Light snow will continue overnight and into tomorrow, becoming isolated on Tuesday. Temperatures should decrease over this time with the freezing level dropping down to sea level. Wednesday looks to be partly cloudy before another system moves over Thursday into Friday.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 16 February 2014: Crazy Blizzard

Darcy tearing yesterday, yew!


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 15 February 2014: Dump of the year today

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 15 February 2014

Pavel making the most out of the remaining powder yesterday.

Base up top: 290 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 140 cm

New Snow since close: 20-25 cm

Weather; Heavy snow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 15 February 2014

Heavy flakes are falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen this morning. It was predicted yesterday that today would produce the biggest dump of snow in 24 hours that we have seen in two years. Overnight the forecast has backed off on precipitation rates ever so slightly, but we are still expecting probably the biggest dump so far this season over the next 24 hours.

Temperatures are warmer than normal for snowfalls of this magnitude in Japan, with a freezing level of around 400m (normal is freezing level below sea level), and so the snow will be heavier than what is usual. But one thing is sure, the powder will be deep, very deep. It is recommended not to venture out into the backcountry even with avalanche equipment for the next 24 hours at least

For skiing and boarding this morning, hit up the Yamabiko trees for some fun sliding action. Later in the day this areas may become too deep to ride and maintain speed. When this happens, head to the skyline blacks or the challenge area for your fix of powder. Extra waterproofed clothing is recommended for today before the freezing level drops later tonight.

For those moving from Tokyo to the resort and back, be aware that as of earlier this morning trains are not running (including the bullet train) and many of the roads are shut due to heavy snowfalls across all of Japan. Hopefully they will re-open soon.

Yesterday was better than expected. Light snowfalls continued for most of the day, increasing later in the afternoon. Some unridden top to bottom powder was found in the less exposed areas of the resort. More frequented areas such as the Yamabiko trees were mostly tracked but were still fun. Groomed runs were soft and forgiving as was the park but became a little slow with the snowfalls during the day.

According to the weather models, snowfalls should hit there peak intensity overnight tonight. The air is heavy with anticipation as to exactly how much will fall but at least half a meter overnight on top of what falls today is likely. Tomorrow snowfalls should ease to light snow showers, contracting to isolated falls. later in the day. On Monday another front will move over the region delivering light to moderate snow before clearing again for Tuesday. At this time another strong system is predicted for Wednesday. There is sure to be a lot of snow falling in the next week ahead.

Bombing low pressure system developing over central Japan. Responisble for the dump today and disruption in the East of the country.

Bombing low pressure system developing over central Japan. Responisble for the dump today and disruption in the East of the country.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014: Light Flurries

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014

Light Flurries in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014

Pavel getting in the thick of it.

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 285 cm Temp Top: -9 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 140 cm Temp Bottom: -3 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014

Some light flurries about the village today in Nozawa Onsen. Since the close of lifts yesterday we have received just a dusting; 3cm up top and a centimetre in the village. Conditions will be very similar to what we had two days ago regarding the snow conditions. Head to the Yamabiko trees for some fresh lines and the groomed runs will be very fast with a firm base. The big 90m ski jump was in use yesterday so take a look there today to witness some high flying action.

We have some exciting news, the mid range forecast has received a solid upgrade overnight. Based on the current predictions, heavy snow is a looking possible for overnight Saturday into Sunday. With a long lead up of snowfalls, commencing tomorrow, its probable that we will have some deep powder to ride over the weekend. Temperatures are also predicted to be much lower than initially thought with a freezing level of around 500m, dropping even lower on Sunday and Monday and with light snow persisting. In the long range forecast further snowfalls are possible mid way through next week.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014

Getting some Nozawa Onsen backcountry goodness!


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 February 2014: Light Flurries

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 February 2014: Exploration Day

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 February 2014

Exploration Day in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 February 2014

Reece throwing some spray in Nozawa Onsen.

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 285 cm Temp Top: -7 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 140 cm Temp Bottom: -1 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Overcast

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 February 2014

A mostly cloudy morning in Nozawa Onsen today. With no significant fresh snowfalls in a few days the groomed runs will be the top pick. It will also be a good day for the park and pipe with softer more forgiving conditions and enthusiasm from last nights olympic events.

Yesterday was quite similar to today, although it was busier with the long weekend crowds. Most off piste areas became tracked fast however with a bit of searching and local knowledge it was still possible to find top to bottom untracked lines. Groomers were fast, perfect for laying down some long flowing carves.

There is the possibility for some light isolated snow showers overnight tonight into tomorrow. An unusual system is forecast to move over the region at the weekend. With a wind direction that will vary from the norm it is uncertain how much snow will fall but we should expect at least some. Temperatures will be warmer than the traditional NW winter fronts as well.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 February 2014


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 11 February 2014: Fundraiser for Judita

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 11 February 2014

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 285 cm Temp Top: -7 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 145 cm Temp Bottom: +1 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather: Mostly sunny

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 11 February 2014

A fine sunny morning in Nozawa Onsen. Today we were greeted with an always spectacular alpenglow on the surrounding mountains at sunrise and the occasional puffy cumulus hovering above the peaks. It is set to be a mostly sunny day today with the possibility of very isolated snow showers later in the afternoon.

With the dusting which we received overnight groomed runs will be in tip top condition ready for some olympic enthused high speed carves, yew! The lesser know tree runs will be the place to be for some off piste action, considering today is Japan’s National Foundation Day, a public holiday celebrating the foundation of Japan. It will be busy on the slopes for this reason.

The forecast is currently suggesting that we should expect a mix of clear weather and snowfalls over the next week. Tomorrow should be clear and snow is expected tomorrow night and over the next weekend.

One of the great things about Nozawa Onsen is how close knit the community is in the village, for both visitors, locals and seasonal staff. This was evident last night in the way the community rallied around, via a fundraising event, injured shredder Judita Prokopova, who received very serious pelvic injuries after a freak stack whilst boarding just last week. Thousands so far has been raised to cover exorbitant hospital bills (her insurance was not valid due to a sneaky loophole in the clause) which she would have otherwise have had much difficulty paying. If you would like to donate to the cause please following this link, every little bit counts.

http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/judita-s-japanese-snowboard-injury-fund/137019

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 11 February 2014

Perfect on the slopes at Nozawa Onsen yesterday

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 10 February 2014: Consistent Overnight Powder

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 10 February 2014

Consistent Overnight Powder

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 10 February 2014

Even the trees have their fair share of accumulation.

Weather and snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen now

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 285 cm Temp Top: -5 ℃ Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 145 cm Temp Bottom: +2 ℃ Degrees

New Snow since close: 10-15 cm

Weather: Partly cloudy

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 10 February 2014

We have a cool partly cloudy morning in Nozawa Onsen this morning. Some low level clouds are passing up and over the mountain ridges and with a mostly clear blue sky above it is a mesmerising sight. Skiing and boarding will be good throughout today with another top up of fresh powder overnight. We received 10cm at Yamabiko and 15cm mid mountain indicating wind blown conditions at the peak. There will be sure to be some knee deep stashes amongst the trees, with the top half being the pick for fresh lines. The freshly groomed pistes are also in fine condition.

Yesterday was very similar to what we have today. Snowfalls intensified later in the day adding to the cover and producing some nice lines across the mountain. All the well known spots were hit hard and fast but the secret spots delivered fresh lines all day long. Definitely a day where it paid to have some knowledge of the mountain.

For the rest of today we should experienced continued snowfalls, becoming isolated later and then clearing overnight. Tomorrow should be clear, full bluebird as will most of Wednesday. Isolated snow showers should occur on Wednesday night before a stronger system moves over the region Friday/Saturday.

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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 10 February 2014


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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 9 February 2014 (PM update): Another Winter’s Day

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 9 February 2014 (PM update)

Another Winter’s Day in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 9 February 2014 (PM update): Another Winter's Day in Nozawa Onsen

Remember to ski and board carefully guys. Otherwise you many end up eating sushi in a Japanese hospital for some time. We all wish you a speedy recovery Judita and everyone here in Nozawa is thinking of you.

Base up top: 280 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 155 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Overcast

At the moment it is overcast in Nozawa Onsen, with occasional patches of blue sky. Currently there is no snow falling, however we do expect some light flurries throughout the day. Skiing will be good throughout with light dry powder up top and fast, smooth groomers from top to bottom. Conditions remain dangerous with hidden death cookies in the backcountry, especially on south facing walls. Be extra vigilant in the run outs.

Yesterday was pretty nice. A standard winters day in Nozawa really. Waist deep powder amongst the trees. Fast groomers, cold, snowing and not that much blue sky.  Perfect conditions for the powders hounds descending on the resort.

According to the predictions snow is set to continue today and tomorrow before easing into Thursday with some clear days following possible. Isolated snow showers and possible during this time period.

There is a fundraiser for Judita (see photo above) tomorrow night who was recently badly injured in a skiing accident at Nozawa. You may or may not have seen these guys around town lately but you should certainly come and meet them. They came across our lovely Judita when she had her accident and were so impressed by her strength and positive attitude as they helped her on the slopes, that they’re starting a fund raiser for her this Monday night at Shot Bar Heaven. Consider this the ‘Shave for Judita’! Jackson’s curly locks are going at at least 1000 yen a snip and all proceeds go to Judita’s recovery. Come and help these boys put a smile back on her face

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 9 February 2014 (PM update): Still delivering the goods

Help Jackson cut off his hair for a good cause.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 9 February 2014 (PM update): Another Winter’s Day in Nozawa Onsen