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Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

One of the best days of the season yesterday? The words were certainly tossed around quite a bit yesterday afternoon by frothing skiers and boarders descending from the hill. Id give it a top five finish personally. The weather, the views, the snow, the only downside was the weekend crowds that luckily spread out after the morning rush. Yes, the exposed slopes became sun affected during the afternoon but the shaded gullies held snow that was perfect for charging. The light air moving glittering ice particles about the upper trees added a remarkable, even magical feel to the mountain. Top stuff.

This morning we have had some misty cloud traverse over the local area. The forecast suggests a partly cloudy day so it remains to be seen whether the fog will stick around or clear later. With a southerly winds warming temperatures the snow will be slightly heavier today, but again, the shaded gullies will retain all the good stuff. Crowds may be a bit hectic earlier, top picks for the day, the mid station area for beginners with cruisy uncrowded slopes and Challenge area for advanced riders.

When we analyse the forecast its quite obvious that tomorrow will be touch and go. Rain is a distinct possibility but luckily a cold front is due on Tuesday around lunch returning snow and very cold temperatures to the region and enduring to Friday at least.

Snow snow and more snow

Stereotypical Japan.

Stereotypical Japan.

Base up top: 410 cm Temp Top; -8 Degrees
Base at bottom; 250 cm
New Snow since close: 20 cm
Weather; Mostly cloudy

 

Today is going to be epic. A clearing trend is well in effect, deep, deep powder and light winds. All the hallmarks are ticked. Hit up the tree skiing areas first up. Yamabiko and Challenge will both be good, once these areas are tracked the hot tip is to explore and enjoy!

Yesterday was so much better than expected. With all the rain that we had the previous 24 hours no one was really expecting much other than dust on crust conditions. Luckily we were all proved wrong. There was deep, dry windblown powder across most of the resort, especially in the gullies which became deeper during the day as heavy snowfalls persisted. A nice surprise.

Make the most of conditions today as we head into a bit of a warm spell over the next three days or so. Tuesday will mark an end to the adverse weather and snow with cold temperatures will return. In fact the second half of the week onwards is shaping up to be a run of very good snowfalls and cold temperatures.

Nozawa Snow Report -23 January 2015

Nozawa Snow Report – 23 January 2015

Nozawa Snow Report – 23 January 2015

Snowing hard higher up

While its raining down in the village it is snowing hard on the upper mountain with 20cm recorded since last lifts. So there will be some nice riding on the upper slopes, especially above 1200m where rain has not affected the snow pack. Time to get out there and enjoy!

Nozawa Snow Report - 23 January 2015

Nozawa Snow Report -23 January 2015

Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Snow

According to the forecast temperatures will warm over the next few days with the freezing level rising to around 1500 meters. A strong front is then forecast for mid next week with heavy snowfalls expected.

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Nozawa Snow Report – 23 January 2015
Snowing hard higher up

Precipitation Day!

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

If you want to ski today then make sure you get up on the hill as early as possible as rain is in the forecast for all but the very upper slopes. Otherwise it could be a good day to take a rest, avoiding the inclement weather. Perhaps explore Nozawa’s winding streets and alleys, visiting the nearby snow monkeys or taking the onsen challenge. Can you do all thirteen free onsens in one day? For those still keen on hitting the hill it will be quite nice on the groomed runs with some quality wax on your base and a waterproof outer layer.

Yesterday started with the promise of sun but by mid morning the clouds moved back in obscuring beautiful long range views. No worries when there is powder around. Fresh tracks from top to bottom were found all day long and even though the snow became heavier it was still great fun for all involved. Those attacking the groomers were rewarded with nice smooth slopes that held good speed underfoot.

According to the forecast the freezing level should gradually decline today from 1500 meters this morning to 600 meters overnight, reaching zero by tomorrow afternoon. Moderate precipitation amounts are expected from now till tomorrow afternoon, heaviest overnight. A clearing trend is expected Friday night with Saturday a perfect bluebird. Variable conditions early next week and then a solid dump later next week.

Bluebird!!

A place in view thats very hard to get too.

A place in view thats very hard to get too.

Base up top: 400 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 265 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear

 

Its a beautiful day out there this morning with clear blue skies a backdrop for the elevated Japanese Alps. Make sure you bring your camera up today to capture the views before the clouds roll over this afternoon. There will be some nice skiing across the resort. With gradually warming temperatures its recommended to make any powder skiing efforts earlier on otherwise heavy snow will result. The groomed runs will really be the better of the two today.

Outstanding conditions persisted most of the day yesterday with fairly deep powder snow across the resort. Visibility was limited on the upper areas of the resort but the lower trees were sensational loaded with waist deep japow. Nice!

Looks like we have some snow on the way for tomorrow. It will fall about the peaks by lunchtime before lowering overnight. Around 20-30cm is predicted at this stage. Light falls will likely continue into Friday before clearing for the weekend. Further ahead, the next dump is predicted for mid next week.

Cracked 4m @Nozawa Onsen

Sake tasting in Nozawa Onsen.

Sake tasting in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 400 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

What crazy day it was yesterday! In the morning we had one patch of blue sky but come about 10am the clouds rolled in from the sea of Japan and dumped snow hard over the resort. With such an intense rate of accumulation during the afternoon it wasn’t long before tracks were covered, especially with increasing winds blowing snow. Last lifts at Yamabiko saw almost untracked conditions.

Today is a different story with light flurries across the area. Winds will become lighter during the day and as they shift to the south west we should expect the skies to gradually clear. Good skiing and boarding will be had today, expect the snow to be similar to Sunday with wind compacted powder, deeper in the higher areas but less wind affected in the lower areas. Oh, and as of this morning the 4m mark has been cracked for upper base depth. Good times.

With southerly winds expected tomorrow there should be mostly fine weather. Light snow should increase to moderate rates of accumulation on Thursday. We initially expected a strong system overnight Thursday but this has backed off to more moderate levels. On the weekend there may be partly cloudy weather.

Wind and Snow Today

First light on Kijimadaira.

First light on Kijimadaira.

Base up top: 370 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

We expect some snowfalls in Nozawa Onsen today but as of 7am they were not as yet on the radar. This is often the case with predicted weather events; they are usually delayed by about 4-6 hours behind forecasted timings. Nevertheless, snow should fall down to about 500m today, possibly around 10-15cm will accumulate. There will be strong winds about the peaks so keep this in mind when dressing for the day, and extra layer certainly wouldn’t hurt. The snow base is pushing up towards the 4m mark, expect it to be cracked by the weeks end.

Yesterday continued on this seasons tradition of great days. The snow was dry but very wind compacted for this area making for a perfect landing off one of the thousands of wind features across the hill. Stability had also improved slightly. Traffic on the groomers was low and as a result they remained smooth and mostly free of moguls all day.

Snowfalls should ease tomorrow, becoming isolated throughout the day before clearing completely by Wednesday. Prefrontal warm temperatures are forecast in combination with sun and light wind at this stage. Further ahead, the next significant snowfalls are due Thursday into Friday. Expect quite a bit of snow out of this front, the exact amounts will become clearer closer to the date.

The Blizzard Eases

Dry Japanese smoke.

Dry Japanese smoke.

Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 235 cm

New Snow since close: 10-20 cm

Weather; Some clouds

 

Today is going to be a good day. After some extremely strong winds and snow last night the intense conditions have eased during the early hours producing a mostly overcast morning with the occasional blue sky patch. Accumulated totals since last lifts have amounted to approximately 10-20cm of windblown snow. We may see possible additions to this throughout the day with the occasional flurry predicted. Avalanche conditions remain extremely hazardous.

Yesterday saw a blizzard rage for a large proportion of the day. The skiing and boarding was excellent provided the right spot was selected. One well hidden from the breeze such as the dense tree areas and lower groomed runs as such.

A slightly improved forecast is predicted for the coming days. More snow is suggested for tomorrow, around 10-15cm throughout the day and night receding to variable weather with a few light flurries on Tuesday and Wednesday. Fairly strong snowfalls are predicted for Thursday, heaviest overnight.

Fresh Snow Falling

A steaming man at the Nozawa Onsen fire festival.

A steaming man at the Nozawa Onsen fire festival.

Base up top: 350 cm    Temp Top; -3 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 5-10 cm

Weather; Snow

 

As expected we awoke this morning to heavy flurries in Nozawa Onsen. With 5-10cm of fresh recorded up top it is clear that the snow probably started around 4-5am. Wind is a factor at the summit with varying amounts collecting at similar elevations, make sure you rug up with an extra layer. Today the best runs will be on the tree lined groomers and low angled trees. With extremely hazardous avalanche conditions yesterday, moderate angle slopes were sliding at the drop of a hat, its best to avoid the steeper slopes today. Safety first.

Yesterday was quite a nice day. Warmer than very cold temperatures lingered being around -4C at the summit and so as a result the snow was heavier than normal powder from around here. We could say the snow was like ‘Australian pow’. Nevertheless it was good skiing and boarding for those who pushed through a solid hangover, or the sensible ones who didn’t have too much sake the night before. Mostly fine weather meant it was a good day to explore the lesser known areas of the resort.

There is an improved forecast for the next four days or so with moderate falls expected most days. The freezing level is a bit up and down but not expected to rise above 300m. Varying quality of the snow will not be discernible to the average rider but there will be slight changes from day to day.

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015

It was a great time as always at the Nozawa Fire Festival last night. Last night the fire festival kicked off down in the village. Unfortunately tempered by a little rain but a huge crowd was in and a fun night was had by all.

It was quite a spectacle as usual. There will be more than a few sore heads across the mountain today.

 


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Conditions in Nozawa Now

Base up top: 350 cm    Temp Top; -4 Degrees

Base at bottom; 210 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival 2015 (video)

Good skiing will be had today in Nozawa Onsen with the heavy snow that feel late yesterday afternoon. The freezing level was sitting quite high so don’t expect the driest snow around. It will be quite wet and heavy on the lower slopes, but still, fresh snow is fresh snow.. We have some mostly cloudy conditions this morning but expect the clouds to clear throughout the day.

On the forecast front moderate to heavy falls are predicted tonight into tomorrow and then again earlier next week. Isolated snow showers will occur on and off following these two dumps.

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