Another Epic Day Today

Incoming bluebird.

Incoming bluebird.

Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 280 cm

New Snow since close: 5-10 cm

Weather; Fog

 

Seems like the first morning in about a week where we haven’t had more than 30cm of overnight falls. Not to scoff at the 5-10cm we received overnight tonight. Like every day this week the conditions will be impeccable with a fresh coating of light dry pow mostly covering tracks from previous days. Trees will be great, groomed runs will be great, everywhere will be great! Its forecast to clear this morning so we could be in for a bluebird stunner.

What more could be said than how yesterday continued on the trend of epic days. The snow was deep, the lift lines were short and it continued to snow lightly for most of the day. Most tree areas were bombed very quickly as there seems to be an inordinate number of powder enthusiasts about the village at the moment. Easy to understand considering Nozawa Onsen is having one of the best seasons worldwide this year.

Looking at the forecast ahead the run of exceptional snow conditions is earmarked to continue. A break in heavy snowfalls is suggested for the rest of this week but with cold temperatures enduring and a light top up on Friday the snowpack won’t degrade. Another strong system is predicted commencing on Sunday and persisting well into next week with heavy snowfalls throughout. It looks like we may be having another meter and a half dump!

150cm Storm Total

Late night powder hunting.

Late night powder hunting.

Base up top: 440 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 285 cm

New Snow since close: 15 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

We still have some light snow falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. Conditions are as good as it gets with deep fresh powder absolutely everywhere. It will be hard to find a bad spot to ski in bounds today. The groomed runs will be soft and forgiving and the trees will be loaded with neck deep japow, all the good stuff! But be careful when venturing out today. Two groups went missing yesterday taking a wrong turn and becoming trapped in the deep powder, they have since been found. Best to avoid out of bounds areas today even with equipment and of course never ever ride alone.

Yesterday was amazing. It was hard to top the snow conditions from Sunday, however the lower crowds and full speed gondola made sure of the day being even better. Everyone was frothing so much so that many areas were smashed far quicker than normal.

According to the forecast for today snowfalls should continue, gradually becoming isolated with breaks of clear sky. Tomorrow is predicted to be partly cloudy whilst Thursday will be clear. Further snowfalls are predicted for Friday with variable clear/snow conditions following.

Get ready for round two

Deep

Deep

Base up top: 450 cm    Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 280 cm

New Snow since close: 30-40 cm

Weather; Snow

 

Ridiculous. That was what yesterday was like. The depth of the snow was real up there, probably the third deepest day of the season. Wind loaded slopes were around chest to neck, all other slopes around waist. If you weren’t on your game you paid the price with many frustrating entrapments but if you kept the rhythm going the reward was some of the best powder turns on the planet.

Snow continued to fall all day yesterday becoming lighter overnight. Since last lifts yesterday an additional 30-40cm has fallen bringing the storm total to 120cm in 48 hours. Skiing and boarding today will again be epic with the overnight falls refreshing tracked areas. The snow has also had time to settle making the deep snow even more manageable and hopefully improving the stability, which was extremely low yesterday.

The forecast indicates snow will continue at light to moderate levels for the rest of the day becoming isolated and less frequent tomorrow. Isolated falls will then continue in combination with light winds and occasional breaks of sunshine from Wednesday to Friday. Saturday is forecast to be clear at this stage but confidence on these long range predictions is low.

Pow! Just Like That

Jerry smashes some powder.

Jerry smashes some powder.

Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 260 cm

New Snow since close: 45 cm

Weather; Snow

 

Its on!! 45cm of ultra dry blower pow has descended overnight. Conditions will be exceptional and that icy base layer with cookies will be mostly buried out of sight but not out of mind. Avalanche danger will be very high. Get out there and enjoy, but be safe.

Yesterday saw a blizzard rage for most of the day. Strong winds meant the gondola was running very slow and blowing snow with cloud severely reduced line of sight and definition in open areas. But the lower trees and pistes were very fun indeed with knee to waist deep blown snow.

Moderate snowfalls should continue for the remainder of today, becoming light tomorrow and receding to isolated falls by Tuesday. Some sunshine is a possibility for Wednesday but snow is set to return in the second half of the week with around three distinct dumps on the horizon.

Fresh Snow Comes to Nozawa Onsen

Villa Nozawa manager Gab tests the knees by dropping into the flats with style.

Villa Nozawa manager Gab tests the knees by dropping into the flats with style.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 15-20 cm

Weather; Wind and snow

 

The snow is here! It has picked up overnight and we have 15cm of fresh sitting at the summit, 20cm on the more protected upper slopes. A higher amount at lower elevations is a key indicator for wind and a quick glance outside confirms there is some fast moving air about the mountain today. Hopefully the gondolas get up and running without issue although likely at a reduced speed. Looks for some sweet wind features from loaded fresh but be aware of the icy base and death cookies lingering underneath. Stability is low as of this regard.

Yesterday was decent on the groomed runs however most people were antsy for some fresh japow. Light but moist snow fell for most of the day adding to the base and visibility was okay given the cloudy skies.

Looks like the snow will increase later today becoming heavier overnight. A slight wind shift from WNW to NW is predicted and required for optimum snowfalls in Nozawa Onsen. Around 30cm should be expected overnight when this occurs. Its disappointing how much this weather system has downgraded over the past few days however thats weather for you, always chopping and changing for better or worse. Snowfalls should ease by Monday, becoming clear on Tuesday.

Czech National powder day mission steeps

Czech National powder day mission steeps.

Czech National powder day mission steeps.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -4 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

What a day it was yesterday! The snow was not deep by any margin and many tree areas were riddled with dreaded death cookies but those who got up on the hill were rewarded with stunning morning views as clouds drifted over and away from the resort revealing the beautiful surrounding landscape. The lower angle open slopes held some nice powder that was certainly rideable and the groomers were just about perfect being soft, smooth and fast. With such uncrowded slopes at the moment it was almost as if everyone knew everyone on the hill. A great atmosphere and vibe all round!

Today the atmosphere holds a definite prefrontal feel too it. There is something coming and everyone knows it. Powder is coming!! This morning its overcast above the village and we expect light flurries on the upper slopes later. Groomers will definitely be the pick today. By later tonight the freezing level is expected to nosedive in conduction with moderate to heavy snowfalls.

Tomorrow blizzard conditions aren’t out of the question as strong winds are forecast with heavy snow. Snowfalls and winds should ease to moderate levels on Sunday before becoming light to moderate on Monday. From then on variable clear with isolated snow showers weather is set to last most of next week. All together the forecast received a significant downgrade over the past few days but it still looks very good indeed.

Clear Blue

BC Lines.

BC Lines.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -11 Degrees

Base at bottom; 225 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear

 

As expected it’s a mostly clear morning in Nozawa Onsen with light winds and lengthy visibility. The alpinglow on the surrounding peaks was a spectacular backdrop for snow covered farmland. With a smaller than expected amount of snow yesterday the riding today won’t be exceptional but on the top third of the mountain will have a moderate fresh layer. The groomed runs will also be in good shape and well worth a look when the powder becomes tracked out.

Looking at the forecast ahead tomorrow should be partly cloudy with snow showers above around 800m. The freezing level is then expected to drop in conjunction with a cold front producing moderate to heavy snow over the weekend. This system will be lengthy in duration with falls continuing until around mid next week. Good times ahead.

Powder is Falling

Surrounding landscapes of Nozawa Onsen.

Surrounding landscapes of Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Snow

 

Finally we have some beautiful thick flakes falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. A welcome change from the liquid pow we were doused with yesterday. 10cm was recorded at the summit so not a whole lot, but enough to get some good powder turns in. With snow forecast to fall all day its likely that conditions will continue to improve.

Looking at the forecast we can see a solid lineup of snowfalls. Snow should ease later this afternoon with a clear day tomorrow. Following that snowfalls should recommence and continue for some time. Moderate falls are expected beginning Friday until Wednesday of next week. Conditions will be all time for most of next week.

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2015

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2015

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2015

Dream lines.

Base up top: 385 cm    Temp Top; +1 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Light rain

 

At the moment we have some light rain falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. Not ideal conditions but the good news is there is snow on the way. The rain should transition to snow early to mid afternoon, earlier at higher elevations. For those heading up today, stick to the well ridden groomed runs for maximum speed.

Looks like we are in for a great week ahead according to the forecast with a continued run of snow. Moderate falls are predicted overnight and into tomorrow before a clear day on Thursday. Following that a very solid dump is forecast Friday night into Saturday with at least 50cm likely.  The long range forecast is simply superb with moderate to heavy falls continuing until the 3rd of February at least.

 

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2015

 

Warm and Slushy

Urban sessions.

Urban sessions.

Base up top: 385 cm    Temp Top; -2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 240 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Kicking things off in Nozawa Onsen today with mild overcast conditions. Its still in the negatives at the summit so the skiing will be fair to good across the mountain, good on piste and fair off piste. Expect spring-like snow. There are a few celebrations in various lodges for Australia day. Lodge Nagano and Villa Nozawa have some great ice bars with the lodge crew even building a sweet mini terrain park. Anyone is welcome to come listen to some tunes in the triple j hottest 100 and join in on the fun.

Yesterday was very similar to today in regards to conditions with warm mostly cloudy weather. Still the skiing was quite nice on the groomed runs and shaded north facing gullies. Rain is expected later today and tomorrow. Lets hope it holds off as long as possible.

A very positive forecast is lining up for the next ten days. After todays bout of warm weather we then expect and extended period of cold and very snowy weather. The most sizeable dumps are predicted for Tuesday night and then again on Friday night into Saturday. So all in all a very good week ahead.