Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 395 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 300 cm
New snow since close: 0-4 cm
Weather: Mostly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2017: Overview

Isolated light snowfalls continued on and off last night refreshing the coverage but adding no substantial amounts to the base. It won’t be enough to fill in the deep off piste tracks from yesterday but the dusting will improve the riding for on piste. Right now its mostly cloudy with a few scattered clear patches and somewhat cold temperatures. It’ll be another good but not epic days riding on and off piste. For the morning session I can recommend Yamabiko especially the natural halfpipes where some nice hips and rollers have formed. For fast carving Skyline gains my recommendation especially earlier in the morning.

Yesterday we saw variable weather for much of the day. Honestly I was expecting mostly clear weather however mist and clouds remained all day with a few scattered snow showers passing through. There was excellent riding on offer with deep fresh snow abundant from the previous storm cycle. Crowds were far fewer in comparison with the weekend previous and this was much appreciated on the slopes.

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2017: Forecast

Overnight tonight we are expecting further snowfalls to refresh the slopes but nothing too substantial. For tomorrow we are expecting similar weather to today but with the isolated snow showers gradually easing further. On Thursday clear weather and warm temperatures will prevail creating the first spring like conditions in a while. But this warm spell will be relatively short lived with cool temperatures and snow moving over the region for next weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 410 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 310 cm
New snow since close: 20 cm
Weather: Partly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017

A dusky sunrise over Myoko-san.

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017: Overview

The four meter mark has been cracked in Nozawa Onsen. Times have changed since the start of January when we were looking at a very lean season indeed. The base was nudged to 4.05m yesterday afternoon and another 20cm of fresh overnight snowfalls have pushed it up again to 4.10m this morning at Yamabiko. In Nozawa Onsen the peak base depth is usually reached around end of February or start of March so it may climb even higher still. Just one more week of consistent snow and we may be nearing record territory.

Thanks to the conclusion of the Japanese holiday over the weekend the slopes will be noticeable quieter today. Which is just as well as it was one of the busiest weekends of the season! Today we have had some good falls overnight refreshing the surface layer of powder that became chopped yesterday with the crowds. Like the forecast suggested we have some partly cloudy conditions with isolated snow showers filling the voids. Another day of perfect conditions as the winter continues.

Yesterday it snowed for most of the day. At times heavy, the snow constantly refreshed to slopes. However in most areas it was no match for the shear number of people searching for any trace of powder snow and the slopes were quickly tracked out. Those lucky few that were first down were rewarded with almost flawless snow conditions.

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2017: Forecast

Looking ahead and tomorrow is lining up to be very similar to today with isolated snow showers and generally partly cloudy skies. Wednesday also looks similar but with more sun and less frequent snowfalls. Thursday is supposed to be full bluebird and quickly warming with strong sunshine as is Friday. By the weekend another colder period will make itself know with another few days of snowfalls.

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Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 390 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 295 cm
New snow since close: 25 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017

A dramatic sunset over Nozawa Onsen as a heavy snow shower sweeps through.

Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017: Overview

There is nothing better than a last minute forecast upgrade and this is exactly what has happened. Yesterday the forecast was showing for some moderate snow showers Saturday night however an embedded low pressure that built right off the west coast caused a rapid upgrade to the forecasts. As such we now have 25cm on the ground since last lifts yesterday which is great. Now the tricky part of avoiding the substantial weekend crowds. For this I can recommend the mid station area which rarely holds a lift line and offers plenty of mellow stashes through the trees. Later today snowfalls will ease with even possibly some decent visibility.

Yesterday we experienced some great snow conditions but it was extremely crowded thanks to Japan Day. Probably the most crowded since early January. However this almost worked in favour of those willing to put in extra effort to score as it appeared most people eventually gave up with the lines and went home. Snow showers continued off and on and during the afternoon there were some good breaks of clear air. Later in the evening, a spectacular sunset as clouds built above the western ranges peirced through with sun beams.

Nozawa Snow Report 12 February 2017: Forecast

After today snow showers will continue on and off for the next few days seperate by periods of fine weather. Cold temperatures will remain until around Thursday when a high pressure sweeps over the region creating very sunny skies and warming temperatures. After that another burst of cold air and powder snow for next weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 375 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 280 cm
New snow since close: 15 cm
Weather: Light Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017

Those bluebird powder days.

Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017: Overview

Snowfalls have continued overnight refreshing the coverage back again to a clean slate. It sure is a hard life dealing with the monotony of winter in Nozawa Onsen 😉 Again cold temperatures will ensure japow of excellent quality and i’m sure there will be no shortage of wafts of spray displaced from wide bodied powder crafts across the mountain today! Expect the snow showers to persist later but much the same as yesterday there may be a few breaks of clearer weather.

Yesterday we had a mostly snowy morning before a brisk wind blew the isolated snowfalls across with startling regularity. Breaks of clear air lasted no more than half an hour before the next stormy cloud bank rolled in from the Sea of Japan to envelop the mountain once more. Throughout the day another 10cm fell bringing the base back to the equal record for the season at 375cm. The skiing was sensational. Deep wind compacted snow inspired confidence on and off piste. Even the crowds weren’t too bad considering the conditions.

Nozawa Snow Report 11 February 2017: Forecast

After today passing snow showers are set to continue for the next four days. Although the totals won’t be huge the consistent falls will keep the snow surface fresh as tracked areas are buried nightly. Cold temperatures until Thursday will keep the quality high. Like the last four weeks the next week ahead looks sensational. A warm spike is due Thursday, Friday but rain is not forecast. More snow showers are expected for next weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 370 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 265 cm
New snow since close: 25 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017

The moon glows over a dusk landscape in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017: Overview

Heavy snow has fallen overnight and strong winds have battered the village during the early hours of this morning. Luckily these winds have now eased however snow showers continue at moderate fall rates. Since last lifts yesterday to 8am we recorded 25cm at Yamabiko and 15cm in the village. I’d say another 10cm has fallen since then making for some fine figures. With cold temperatures the skiing and snowboarding will be excellent mountain wide. Another day of deep Japanese powder.

Yesterday we had cloud and occasional very light flurries for much of the day. It was cool, calm and very quiet on the mountain. Obviously many people chose this day for a rest. Untracked areas were few and far between however the snow quality was otherwise decent. On piste was soft and forgiving however the light was at times pretty flat.

Nozawa Snow Report 10 February 2017: Forecast

Light to moderate snowfalls will continue today and then again tomorrow as we experience continued moisture from a cold NW flow. Then again more light to moderate snowfalls for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Its possible we might experience some breaks of clear weather however the outlook is generally very snowy and cold over this time period. On Wednesday and Thursday the weather is looking to be generally fine.

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Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 365 cm
Temp at Top: -7 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 260 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Overcast

Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017

Misty sunset riding through pristine trees.

Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017: Overview

Yesterday was one of those days. Sublime powder snow coated the resort creating a blank canvas to carve a personal choice of riding artwork. Through the morning passing clouds teased with periods of snowfalls and occasional blue sky. But by the afternoon it became almost full bluebird with amazing light and snow loaded trees across the mountain. Yamabiko reached its peak snow depth for the season so far during the afternoon at 375cm. I think its a safe assumption that yesterday was one of the better days this season, to say the least.

Today some clouds have rolled in from the south creating a heavy atmosphere around the village. Its also a little warmer than yesterday but much of the mountain is still below freezing so the skiing will be good. Today it’ll be best on the well groomed pistes as most tree areas are tracked out until more snowfalls arrive. We may see some flurries of snow above 800m this afternoon preceding heavy snow overnight tonight where around 30cm or more wouldn’t surprise.

Nozawa Snow Report 9 February 2017: Forecast

By tomorrow heavy snowfalls will be well and truely set in and will continue for most of Friday before easing back again during the afternoon. Cold temperatures and light to moderate snowfalls are expected to last for the weekend and even well into early next week. We may experience possible breaks of sun on Saturday and then again for Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday next week. All in all, a very good five days are ahead of us.

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Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 370 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm
New snow since close: 25+ cm
Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Down the line in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Overview

A good morning to all our readers. Last night it dumped again decorating the mountain with even more fresh japow. I think its going to be an epic day on the hill. With less winds snowfall accumulations would have been much more homogeneous and less compacted. Furthermore the potential for patches of clear weather later is a real possibility. Waste no time in bed this morning!

Yesterday we experienced some good windblown powder snow across the resort of Nozawa Onsen. A very brief patch of sunshine greeted us in the morning only to be quickly replaced by further snow showers that intensified through the day. It seems we are having an overall trend of windier conditions this season in comparison to normal. I think this can be attributed to numerous small low pressure systems moving easterly off the Asian continent and crossing over the Sea of Japan, where they intensify before passing overall central Honshu. In a normal pattern these lows develop far further North, or not at all. It can also explain the small spikes of temperature as the low pressures make their approach. Regardless this hasn’t seem to have affected snowfall amounts with the base accumulation sitting at about average so far.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Forecast

For tomorrow the wind is predicted to swing southerly again as a developing low pressure approaches creating warming conditions and with the freezing point topping out at around 900m above sea level during the afternoon. However this trend will be short lived as the low passes to our east dragging with it cold air and heavy snow including a solid overnight dump for Friday. From then on snowfalls will ease to moderate levels during Friday, continuing at this rate over the weekend. Temperatures will remain cold hovering between -7c and -10c at the summit of Mt Kenashi. Further ahead falls will become isolated Monday with stretches of clear weather more likely than not.

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Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Time to ride..

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Overview

Strong winds blasted the township of Nozawa Onsen overnight and reports of heavy falls across the region are filtering in. Here we have received no less than 30cm on the upper mountain and 15cm down in the village. The fact that it was windy decreases the accuracy of measurements however one thing is for sure, there will be some very deep powder across the resort today. The areas which would hold the deepest snow are those that are protected from the wind. Zones such as Challange, Yamabiko four and Kandahar. Other areas on the more exposed ridglines, Skyline for example will hold far shallower snow if any at all. Use this information to your benefit for a great day.

The snowfalls yesterday never really got to any intense levels but remained consistent enough to collect 8cm from first to last lifts. It was extremely cold and windblown on the mountain, noticeably quiet as most took a day of rest. Piste conditions were not icy with the heavy fresh snowfalls adhering to and graduating temperature differentials in the snowpack. Therefore the skiing and boarding was much smoother than expected. Off piste, the appearance of frozen balls of ice, death cookies as they are called, made for tricky navigation through the trees.

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Forecast

Throughout today we are expecting snowfalls to continue at moderate levels but there is some potential for very short breaks of clear weather. Again tomorrow light falls are forecast with even a greater potential for periods of clear weather. Later in the week a return to big totals as a typical winter NW flow establishes itself over Honshu. Winds will be lighter than the past few days and the heaviest snowfalls are currently suggested for Thursday and Sunday night.

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Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 325 cm
Temp at Top: -3 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Windy, light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Beautiful Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Overview

Some semi wild conditions about the peaks today. As of about 7am it was still lightly raining down here in the village and by 8am the snow line had reduced to around 800m as wet flakes began falling in the village. Since then it has become colder still and a brisk wind has increased as a slow moving low pressure passes to our east. Expect moderate snowfalls to increase in intensity today, becoming heavy overnight. The snow today will be fresh and fairly wet across the mountain but quality will likely improve later as the temperature drops. When skiing and boarding take it easy today. Select a moderate to slow speed as the icy base and fog will take no prisoners when it comes to potential injuries.

Yesterday we had fog, high temperatures and humidity affect the snowpack. It was fast flowing and neither soft nor hard with good skiing on piste. Better than expected. The rain held off almost all day with no precipitation until the evening.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Forecast

After todays snowfalls temperatures will drop further still tomorrow and light snow showers with strong winds are set to continue. By Wednesday the weather will moderate as snow showers ease and potential clear spells break up the clouds. I expect a decent sunset this day. On Thursday another cold flow makes an appearance with light to moderate snowfalls continuing into the future. With temperatures remaining cold all week some excellent skiing and boarding will be on offer at Nozawa Onsen.

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Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 330 cm
Temp at Top: 0 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 240 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Overcast

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Pavel blasts through untouched powder at a resort near Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Overview

It was a quality sunrise this morning. Across the valley a pink alpenglow lit up the Myoko Stratovolcano with a band of high cloud displaying a similar reflectance. Right now we are soaked in with thick mid level cloud, probably won’t be seeing the sun for a while. The skiing today will be decent with fast conditions early that will becoming slushy later with rising temperatures and possible rain later this afternoon. A large low pressure system is developing to our west and dragging warm moist air up from the south. As the low passes to our east at some point tonight the temperatures will drop dramatically as a NW flow establishes accompanied by heavy snow. Expect fairly crowded conditions this morning, becoming quieter later in the day.

Yesterday we saw some perfect weather and just about as perfect snow as you can get here with sunshine at the same time (at these latitudes the snow becomes sun affected fast). Considering it was the weekend and sunny it was pretty crowded with a long morning gondola line. But it was worth the wait with fresh stashes of powder, goggle tans and grand views.

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Forecast

To the all important forecast. Heavy snow and strong winds for tomorrow with snow conditions improving as the day goes on. Its probable an icy layer will still have effect for much of the day. Consistent snowfalls will hopefully burry this layer by Tuesday with a consequential decrease in stability. On Tuesday snowfalls will continue, ramping up again later in the afternoon and evening. By Wednesday winds will ease and we may even have the occasional sunny break. On Thursday night or Friday a very strong snowfall is predicted. All in all it looks to be a very decent week ahead.

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