Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm

Temp at Top: -2 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 260 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Overcast

Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017

Some amazing and dangerous alpine terrain not far from Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017: Overview

During the afternoon yesterday bands of high clouds began to pass over Nozawa Onsen and these have thickened overnight indicating a change in the weather is on the way. By late this afternoon snow showers will fall about the peaks lowering to village level by tomorrow morning. But for today the snow will be fairly soft and fast flowing. With clouds blocking the sun the snow wont become too slushy even down low. Like yesterday, it can be expected that the best skiing will be had on piste.

Yesterday it was sunny in the morning and consequently the snow became spring like with the southern faces turning to slush. Northern faces fared better and were firmer and fast underfoot. By late afternoon some clouds moved over firming up conditions once more. All in all a pretty good first day of spring with good skiing mountain wide.

Nozawa Snow Report 2 March 2017: Forecast

Looking at the forecast ahead there will be some snow showers tonight and tomorrow perhaps totalling 20cm or so. Then it will be a mostly fine weekend with a few clouds predicted to drift over late Saturday. Next week is looking quite nice now with an extended run of light to moderate snow from Tuesday until around Friday.

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Nozawa Snow Report 15 March 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 1 March 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 1 March 2017: Stats

Base at top: 355 cm

Temp at Top: -5 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 265 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Sunny

Nozawa Snow Report 1 March 2017

Hiuchi-yama and the stars

Nozawa Snow Report 1 March 2017: Overview

Welcome to spring 2017! In this season the sun shines more frequently and over a deep snow base thanks to an on par winter of accumulation. This season has really rocketed though and it seems like only yesterday we were on the edge of the epic mid January storm. But for now time moves on and we have a warm sunny spring day on the slopes today. Cool, clear skies overnight will have firmed up the snowpack and this will gradually soften through the morning, becoming slushy by the afternoon. I expect on piste areas to offer great skiing today as they did yesterday. The Yamabiko natural halfpipes indeed were extremely fun and I can highly recommend this area for today.

The photo accompanying todays report shows a spectacular view from our recent tour to Mt Hiuchi. There is one thing that certainly suprised me the first time I witnessed the backcountry night in Japan and that is the starscapes. In such a populous country you would expect extreme light pollution even in the more remote areas. In fact the night sky was much darker than expected, about on par with regional areas in places such as Australia. On this clear moonless night it was significantly warmer laying on the snow than standing and so I lay back and enjoyed the view with planes, satellites and shooting stars busying the sky above. This is one of my favourite photos from the trip. Japan is a country with endless opportunities for the outdoor adventurer!

Nozawa Snow Report 1 March 2017: Forecast

Scoping the forecast and we can see two seperate snow events on less certain than the other. The first will kick off tomorrow night as a wind change to the NW gives us some nice lake effect snowfalls as temperatures decline towards the winter norm. Im expecting totals in the region of 20-30cm for the 24hour period up to Saturday morning. From here on the forecasts are currently suggesting a mostly fine weekend. Further ahead and we have more snow showers for the middle of next week but the exact timing remains uncertain.

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Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 360 cm

Temp at Top: -7 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Sunny

Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017

Pavel ascends towards the northern saddle of Mt Hiuchi through blowing snow and -20c windchill

Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017: Overview

The last day of winter and the change of the seasons is becoming apparent. Although some heavy snowfalls are incoming for the weekend, the general trend is towards a greater proportion of sunny days, spring like snow and less cold influxes of NW wind and snow. Such as today where we have warm sunshine and light winds greeting skiers and boarders over a deep and full snowpack. It will be good riding today with excellent on piste conditions that will softened through the day. Off piste will have a similar if not more variable behaviour, but this is by no means a call to let your guard down.

Yesterday was also very spring like except with slightly cooler temperatures allowing snow laden trees to remain towards the top of the mountain. As a result the snow was a little firmer than many might have expected, even with the warming sun. It was extremely quiet on the mountain, a general characteristic of March onwards. It is a good time to ski and board here if you dislike crowds.

Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017: Forecast

For the next few days we will continue to experience these spring like conditions. It isn’t until Thursday night that temperatures will drop with a NW wind blowing in some snowfalls, probably to the amount of around 20cm. These should last into Friday before clearing during the weekend. Further ahead and the forecast isn’t certain with a mix of rambling high and low pressures moving over Honshu.

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Nozawa Snow Report 28 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 360 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm

New snow since close: 5 cm

Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017

Hiuchi-yama, 2461m

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017: Overview

Sparse snowflakes are falling about the village today adding a dusting to the base of 5cm up top and a few centimetres at base elevations. The winds are very light and are forecast to stay this way for the next few days. We are expecting the clouds to gradually clear during the afternoon bringing nice views of the surrounding countryside. There should be some fun skiing on offer today with the best bet being the Yamabiko natural halfpipes or on piste for carving.

Over the last few days there was some decent spring skiing across the resort with mostly fine weather. However a group of us decided to head further afield, spending three days camped up in an alpine area near Myoko. On this adventure we experienced a true juxtaposition of Japan. In the high alpine there were almost no people; just unbelievable mountain ranges, steaming volcanos and mesmerising starscapes. For todays report I have attached a photo of this area. On the right we see the high peak of Hiuchi-yama (2461m and easily visible from Nozawa) and towards the left of frame is the steaming volcano of Yakeyama. For those with an interest in this kind of thing, make sure you pick up the latest copy of Snow Action magazine where I have written an article of a five day adventure traversing around the Myoko volcano. Definitely worth the read!

Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017: Forecast

For the next few days we are in for some amazing touring/ fair weather skiing conditions with mostly sunshine, extremely light winds and perfect temperatures; not too cold, not too warm. This should last until Wednesday night when a cold flow moves over the region once more. From this we can expect some decent snowfalls perhaps totalling 30cm by Friday morning and then continuing on and off into the weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 27 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 26th of February

Sunshine and snow on the way in Nozawa

Base at top: 360 cm
Temp at Top: -3 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Sunshine but snow expected tonight

Beautiful start to the day in Nozawa, with rays of sunshine splintering across the village and pretty clear weather up top.

We had just a dusting overnight with the resort reporting 5cm of snow falling overnight, which should sit nicely on the piste and make for a fun day on the slopes

Yesterday was a great day with a little snow falling in the morning and then the sun burst out about lunchtime and made for a beautiful sunset. Lots of people about the main street last night and a great weekend vibe. Most will head back to Tokyo in the afternoon and we should be in for a quiet week ahead with a new system coming in on Thursday night.

The Ski Jump contest is on today so head over and see the kids fly amazing to watch.

Nozawa Snow Report 25th February

Weekend fun in Nozawa

Base at top: 365 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 285 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Light Snow Clearing

Woke up to light snow and very little wind in Nozawa this morning. As with most weekends the Tokyo crowds were rolling in early and all eager to get up the slopes and enjoy the great conditions.

Yesterday was a fantastic day with snow falling most of the day, just enough to keep everything fresh for today. Good snow conditions are to be found all around the mountain, and the sun is scheduled to be shining periodically this afternoon. There are no excuses not go out today.

This week marks the arrival of the month of March and by the look of it some good snow days ahead. The medium range forecast looks indeed quite promising at the moment. We will keep you well informed about the situation but for the moment you just need to enjoy the pleasant weather we are blessed with for the Weekend.

 

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 370 cm
Temp at Top: +1 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Rain

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017

Views from Mt Kenashi to the south.

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017: Overview

As expected mild weather and rain has moved over the region overnight creating a very maritime atmosphere in the village of Nozawa Onsen this morning. On the upside the rain isn’t heavy, more so persistent light showers. Overall the skiing will be poor off piste today and okay on piste. It will probably be more of a skiing day than snowboarding where the double edge grip can hold an advantage on piste. Some fun might be had by even crossing to the alternate side equipment wise? Another good down day activity is a visit to the world famous snow monkeys, about an hours drive away and on today.

The Famous Snow Monkeys Tour Nozawa

Today might seem like a bit of a let down after yesterdays stunner. Superb conditions across the mountain with good powder snow on offer over a firm base layer. While not entirely bottomless the windblown snow was more than welcome by abundant powder hunters. The views had to be seen to be believed, particularly north and south along Japan. The Hakuba area was especially clear and with snow coating even the flat plains of Iiyama and Nakano created more than a few photographic opportunities.

Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017: Forecast

Looking ahead and light snow showers will move over tonight topping up the cover with perhaps 10-15cm. These will then continue into tomorrow before clearing for a partly cloudy weekend. Another series of weak snow showers for Sunday afternoon although I don’t expect much more than a dusting from this. Early next week and a large high pressure occupies central Japan followed in by a spiralling low that might produce snowfalls from mid next week onwards.

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Nozawa Snow Report 23 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 380 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 290 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017

A vast meadow of fresh lays await for Lada’s slash

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017: Overview

Epic conditions across the mountain today. Light winds, mostly clear, deep snow that is almost entirely untracked and cold temperatures. Get it while it lasts. Top picks are the entire mountain, can’t go wrong today. As per usual don’t do anything stupid/beyond your abilities/without knowing where your going. Off piste is still sketchy but the designated tree areas are offering more than anyone could want at the moment.

Yesterday we saw strong winds tease us with upper mountain and Nagasaka gondola wind holds on and off through the day. All things were go first thing, but after about an hour of operation these lifts were shut down and remained offline until mid afternoon. However with deep wind compacted powder blanketing the resort this wasn’t really an issue and most found limitless fun on the lower half of the mountain. The snowfalls continued through the day bringing the 24hour total too 3pm upwards of 60cm. Thats a nice sized dump and one of the largest for February this season.

Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017: Forecast

Casting my eyes into fascinating field of weather forecasting I can see some foul rainfall for tomorrow. Gross! But looking further ahead and things are much more promising. Friday it’ll snow, hopefully around 10-20cm, maybe slightly more or less. For the weekend, mostly fine weather. But looking into next week and I can see a spiralling low making multiple loops from the NW over central Honshu. If this comes off we will see some substantial falls and a great start to March. Check back for updates, the predictions will become firmer as time rolls on.

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Nozawa Snow Report 22 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 385 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 290 cm
New snow since close: 40 cm
Weather: Heavy snow

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017

Nozawa Onsen village re-buried

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017: Overview

Heavy snow and strong winds are continuing to lash the resort of Nozawa Onsen in what has been a significant turn of winter. Since the close of lifts yesterday we have had 40cm fall at Yamabiko but given the strong winds and continued falls through this morning its possible that the totals are more than this. Deep snow will be had through the trees that will also provide the greatest visibility. Off piste will be extremely dangerous as the storm snow has collected over an icy base layer littered with death cookies. Stability is very low and the chance of hitting an unseen cookie underneath is very high. Luckily even on piste will offer deep powder today. To keep out of the wind and fog I can suggest exploring the lower resort areas.

Yesterday rain fell for much of the day below 1200m. During the afternoon the Nagasaka gondola re-opened allowing access to the higher mountain however conditions weren’t inspiring. Those that braved the weather encountered some decent (considering the conditions) snow. The pistes were slushy and fairly fast flowing with only a few sticky sections.

Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017: Forecast

During the afternoon snowfalls will gradually ease before clearing overnight tonight. I think tomorrow will be mostly fine weather with light winds and gradually warming temperatures through the day. On Thursday another tropical low will move through with some rain, not unlike yesterday. But this will turn into light to moderate snowfalls for Friday. Next weekend is predicted to be mostly fine weather.

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Nozawa Snow Report 21 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 360 cm
Temp at Top: -2 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Rain, snow above 1200m

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017

Cloudscape over Iiyama

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017: Overview

There is absolutely no sugar coating this, it is horrible weather outside right now. It is snowing at the top of the mountain (freezing point at about 1200m) however you cant actually get there thanks for strong westerly winds shutting down the upper mountain. So if you want to ski or board today it’ll be in the rain. Ill admit it can be awesome skiing in the rain with fast snow on piste but sometimes you just need to take the hint from nature and call in a rest day.

Otherwise on the agenda, a soak in one the thirteen free onsens in town. If you can manage all of them with the stamps from out the front for proof, then you can claim a free onsen towel. Wicked! Perhaps a stroll through the winding narrow streets that make up this remarkable town, I can recommend checking the natural cooking onsen up near the temple district. But its not all bad news as heavy snow will move over the resort later tonight. Maybe we will wake tomorrow with 30cm on the ground?

Yesterday the isolated snow showers quickly cleared into a fine day. The sun was shinning for much of the afternoon making for an excellent day to explore the resort. Off piste was dangerous with a sketchy crust layer and death cookies littering the gullies. Luckily on piste was fun to make up for it and the natural gullies up at Yamabiko were in fine form. To finish things off, a nice sunset over the Myoko-san volcano.

Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017: Forecast

Looking ahead at the forecast after tonights heavy snowfalls we are due for some very cold temperatures tomorrow. Snowfalls will continue during the day adding nicely to what was lost today. For Wednesday, some sunshine may make an appearance. Later in the week another tropical low will influence the region bringing weather not too dissimilar to today. Luckily snowfalls will once again back up the warm influx.

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Nozawa Snow Report 20 February 2017