A 20cm Christmas Present

Bustin' down the door.

Bustin’ down the door.

Base up top: 250 cm    Temp Top;  -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 180 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Snow

Merry Christmas to all! The snow gods have rewarded us with a fresh dump of snow right on time. 20cm of fresh powder has fallen across the resort, 15cm up top. Why less at the top? Windblown is the word. Look for characteristic wind lips and spines up in the Yamabiko for hurling a few freestyle spins. If your a fair weather skier then stick to the lower slopes that will be more sheltered from adverse conditions.

Quite a contrast to yesterday, which saw nice scattered bluebird conditions corresponding with ample fresh powder snow. North facing slopes were the pick for the day, remaining sheltered from the effects of sun.

According to the forecast we should expect snowfalls to continue today and into tomorrow before easing into the weekend. Patches of clear sky should be expected before clearing to full bluebird on Sunday. Good times await!

Light Crowds with Plenty of Snow

Yamabiko turning it on yesterday.

Yamabiko turning it on yesterday.

Base up top: 245 cm Temp Top; -5 Degrees
Base at bottom; 170 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather; Overcast

 

Interesting morning in Nozawa Onsen today. We have some valley fog, a clear mid layer and some high clouds indicating the approach of a cold front, expected later tonight. Snow conditions are simply excellent, especially up the top with some of the driest powder you can find. Amazingly Yamabiko remain relatively untracked yesterday and if you were to head up early this morning you should find more than a few blank canvases.

Yesterday was one of the days of the season so far. Very few crowds for a Japanese public holiday, deep fresh powder and patchy cloud interspersed with bright blue sky. Some great lines were ridden for a fun filled day.

More good news. For Christmas day we are expecting a moderate to strong dump of cold Siberian powder. We should expect around 20-40cm in the next 24 hours, quite possibly more. Following this, light snow should continue until Saturday after which a clearing trend is expected. Have a good day.

Ok!?

Ok!?

35cm Overnight

A winters night in Nozawa Onsen.

A winters night in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 260 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 155 cm

New Snow since close: 35 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

Deep snow has once again buried Nozawa Onsen last night. A shift of the wind to the north west has resulted in a dramatically increase snowfall rate and we have accumulated around 35cm across the mountain. There will been excellent riding today especially in the Yamabiko tree area.

Yesterday saw less snowfall than expected and as a result in was a good day for the groomers. Up top saw some nice powder amongst the trees. Off piste on the lower slopes were affected by a crust layer, which should be sufficiently buried by today.

In the forecast a clearing trend is expected today with isolated snow showers trending to bluebird by this afternoon. Tomorrow should see similar weather to this afternoon while another strong bout of snowfalls are predicted for Thursday and Friday.

Vehicle of choice.

Vehicle of choice.

Monday Funday!

Kids lessons are a real hoot in Nozawa Onsen. Head over to https://www.facebook.com/nozawaphoto to see if you've been snapped!

Kids lessons are a real hoot in Nozawa Onsen. Head over to https://www.facebook.com/nozawaphoto to see if you’ve been snapped!

Base up top: 240 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 150 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

This morning we have isolated light snow showers falling across the resort. Totals have not substantiated to forecast amounts; we have had 10cm on the upper slopes and just a dusting in the village. This system is moving in from the west, not an ideal direction for Nozawa Onsen due to blocking mountain ranges.

Again, the best riding will be had today on the well groomed runs, which will be fast and smooth.

Yesterday was quite nice, better than expected. Wind and visibility was mostly fine, and the snow was running fast on the groomers. The tree runs were best avoided as a crust had formed by the afternoon making turning very difficult indeed.

According to predictions we should expect light snow showers to continue on and off today before clearing overnight. Tomorrow should be fine and sunny with moderate to light winds. Wednesday should see clouds increasing before a tasty look system moves over the region on Wednesday night. At this time moderate snow and very cold temperatures and suggested until Saturday.

A vertigo inducing chute somewhere in Nozawa.

A vertigo inducing chute somewhere in Nozawa.

Great Day for Groomers

Beautiful morning light over Nozawa Onsen.

Beautiful morning light over Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 250 cm    Temp Top;  -3 Degrees

Base at bottom; 160 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Isolated showers

 

Looks like we were hit by some sour weather last night. Rain has fallen about the village resulting in loss of snow, not really a problem given the deep base. The good news is that the freezing level is expected to drop during the day resulting in snowfalls from top to bottom. Yeahaa!

The best riding today will definitely be found on the pistes. Skyline will get your legs burning and Yamabiko will offer plenty of natural features to slash and jump off. For steep fall line skiing head to the Hikage area and take on the Challenge slopes or Kandahar raceway.

The freezing level is expected to drop back to zero by tonight and in combination with moderate snowfalls we should expect some quality conditions once more. Clear skies are expected tuesday and wednesday with another cold system moving in from over Siberia later in the week.

Put yourself in the picture.

Put yourself in the picture.

Resort Opening Day with the Deepest Skiable area Worldwide! Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 20 December 2014

Resort Opening Day with the Deepest Skiable area Worldwide!

Resort Opening Day with the Deepest Skiable area Worldwide!

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 20 December 2014

The iconic cooking onsen buried under meters of snow.

The iconic cooking onsen buried under meters of snow.

Base up top: 260 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 195 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy


A partly cloudy morning today and there is very good news. Today marks the day in which Nozawa Onsen ski resort fully opens. All lifts will be running, depending on weather conditions as will all slopes. With no shortage of powder on offer today looks like it will be epic! Early on its worth exploring the slopes which have been closed without access so far this year. Skyline, Hikage, Kandahar will all be great. Once tracked out head to the treed areas for your fix of powder.

Heres an amazing fact for you. Yesterday Nozawa Onsen had the deepest snowpack out of any skiable resort in the world. That says something about the early season cover we have at the moment. Right now Nozawa about as much snow as late January last year so we are a month ahead. Its exciting to think what the rest of the season will bring.

Looking at the forecast ahead we have no shortage of snow predicted. Snow will fall up top this afternoon, lowering to the resort base overnight into tomorrow and continuing into monday. We should expect a fine, sunny break on Tuesday, Wednesday before further snow later in the week.

Classic tree skiing in Nozawa Onsen.

Classic tree skiing in Nozawa Onsen.

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Snowfalls ease – Nozawa Snow Report 19 December 2014

Snowfalls ease

Nozawa Snow Report 19 December 2014

A buried lift mid mountain

A buried lift mid mountain

Base up top: 290 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 200 cm

New Snow since close: 50 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

It looks like the very heavy snow we have had for the past couple of days has finally abated. Small patches of brief blue sky are gradually making appearances with the occasional isolated snow shower passing over. We expect a continued clearing trend today with hopefully a full bluebird afternoon. Light winds are forecast. The snow is extremely deep off piste so its recommended to avoid these areas without adequate experience and equipment in dealing with the overhead depths.

Yesterday only the lower slopes were open with horrendous wind conditions up top. Nevertheless there was so very fun riding to be had on the lower black runs out of the wind and blowing snow. The village was as spectacular as it gets loaded up with deep snow. It was possible to ski right down to the main road.

Looking at the forecast, snow is expected tomorrow on the upper slopes, with rain down low. A cooling trend is forecast for sunday monday with the freezing level making a rapid decline. Winds are expected to be moderate.

A new run is born.

A new run is born.


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The Dump Begins!

Lubo explores the village

Lubo explores the village

Base up top: 210 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 150 cm
New Snow since close: 25 cm
Weather; Light snow

Heavily overcast conditions have engulfed Nozawa Onsen this morning and we have some light snow falling across the mountain. Unfortunately high winds are forecast so fingers crossed the resort is able to open the upper lifted areas. As usual, this system looks to be slightly delayed in comparison to forecast timings, expect snowfall intensity to build steadily throughout the day. Best riding today again will be Yamabiko, provided wind intensity is below the safety margin for lift operation.

Yesterday we saw strong prefrontal winds aloft which kept the Nagasaka Gondola closed all day. With only the Nagasaka Quad open, most people took to clearing snow in preparation for the upcoming dump, or checking out the sights of the village, a hive of midwinter activity. The local cooking onsen is a popular and fascinating sight as is exploring the shrines and temples towards the northern corner of the village. As usual, a trip to one of the thirteen free onsens is highly recommended to warm cold snowy frothers.

Heavy snow should continue tomorrow before receding into tomorrow. Friday should be absolutely pumping with deep powder, light winds and bluebird conditions. Fine conditions are expected up until sunday, when more snow is expected.

Nozawa Onsen snow report 16 December

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 16 December 2014 – Massive Dump Tomorrow

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: 16 December 2014

Massive Dump Tomorrow

When things are just out of reach for good reasons.

When things are just out of reach for good reasons.

Base up top: 190 cm    Temp Top;  -4 Degrees

Base at bottom; 140 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast


Everyone has been shovelling hard around the village late into the night yesterday. This means only one thing, snow is coming! Forecasts suggest heavy snows are expected over the coming days right up to the end of the week. Combined with what fell over the weekend we are looking towards a very solid december base indeed.

No new snow fell overnight and yesterday afternoon felt decidedly warmer once the snowflakes had cleared. Compacting the base is what we are after at the moment and warmer temperatures expected today should continue to impact this change.

Again today the best riding will be had on the groomed runs. The trees are quite well filled in now but there may be more than a few hidden branches ready to snag unsuspecting riders so best steer clear until adequate base compaction occurs.

Casting our gaze towards the forecast we should see snow increase today continuing to build in intensity tonight. Tomorrow should be insane blizzard conditions. Very heavy snow in combination with strong winds will limit potentially accessible areas. On Thursday snowfalls will decrease to moderate levels before a clearing trend is expected into the weekend. Further snowfalls are expected early next week.

The roof leap. A seasonal initiation.

The roof leap. A seasonal initiation.

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April fun with a good dump overnight

Better pull out the powder boards one more time

Better pull out the powder boards one more time

Base up top: 310 cm

Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

Base at bottom; 110 cm

New Snow since close: 30 cm

Weather; Snowing!

Just like that and boom we have a “ Magic Foot “ on April the 5th! The official figures have not dropped as yet but with about 20cm in town I figure there should be a bit more up top.

One of the guests asked me last night if their kids were going to see snow fall in the Village before they leave today. Sure enough it started lightly just before we went to bed last night and then this morning we have a solid blanket covering the whole town.

Being the weekend there should be a few more lifts open too and not much motion around town so don’t think there will be a lot of competition for tracks.

It should snow a bit over the weekend with low temps then back to sunshine on Monday.

Anyway get out of bed and get up there and enjoy.