Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 360 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 280 cm
New snow since close: 20-30 cm
Weather: Light Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017

Tully scoops into a narrow chute near Nozawa Onsen on Wednesday.

Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017: Overview

Heavy snow just keeps on falling here in Nozawa Onsen. After a pause in the falls yesterday evening, where we saw clear blue skies and a quality sunset, snowfalls have ramped up again overnight. Today we expect conditions to be much the same as yesterday, albeit with greater chance of good visibility later. Areas exposed to strong NW winds overnight will be wind scoured with a slight layer of irregular powder. The opposite faces will have deeper snow with very high avalanche danger off piste. Not worth the risk until the snow consolidates. The Challenge and Yamabiko area will likely offer the nicest turns for powder skiing and boarding.

Yesterday we saw strong snowfalls continue for much of the day adding 30cm to the growing base depth. Luckily the winds were not as strong as the night before, keeping lifts operating and powder hounds frothing. Despite recording 30cm of fresh the snow felt much deeper in deposition aspects, blown about by the powerful winds. In areas that were wind scoured, namely the NW aspects, the irregular icy base underneath was more than noticeable. All in all, another good day of skiing to add to the tally for 2017.

Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017: Forecast

According to the forecast model runs we are due for some clear weather and good visibility. This will occur tomorrow morning in combination will cool temperatures. Sunday will be much warmer and the worst day for skiing in the next week ahead. But by Monday a prolonged cold NW flow will reestablish itself over the region resulting in heavy falls of snow. The greatest precipitation rates look to occur around Monday night and snowfalls will gradually ease into Wednesday.

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Nozawa Snow Report 3 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 340 cm
Temp at Top: -12 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Heavy snow

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017

Lada exiting another dimension

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017: Overview

Well this almost came out of nowhere! We were expecting a decent fall last night, but nothing too special until the forecasts made a sudden upgrade yesterday. Even in this hyper predicted day and age we still sometimes get surprises, such is the case now. Howling overnight winds kept many awake bringing heavy snow and blizzard conditions across the mountain. Since last lifts official measurements show (or thanks to the strong winds in this case an estimate) 30cm of fresh snow at Yamabiko, 30cm at Uenotaira and 15cm down here in town. Today strong winds, heavy snow and blizzard conditions are set to continue making for frigid but epic conditions riding. Extra layers are recommended and wind holds are to be expected. Today the power of nature can be appreciated amongst deep Japanese powder snow.

Yesterday we saw bluebird conditions last for most of the day. It was only late in the afternoon that we saw evidence of this approaching system as lenticular clouds built above the alpine peaks, tails of spindrift indication of storm force winds intercepting the higher elevations. The riding was good but not great, an icy base still well and truely affecting turns off piste. On piste was a smoother affair with quality turns especially earlier in the day. Temperatures remained slightly colder than expected keeping the snow quality high.

Nozawa Snow Report 2 February 2017: Forecast

Snowfalls and blizzard conditions look to continue into the afternoon before easing overnight. Lighter snow showers are predicted for tomorrow before the weather breaks at some point in the afternoon. Saturday will be clear with light winds, but will warm during the afternoon. Sunday will warm as well thanks to a southerly inflow before another low pressure system take aim on the region, directing a NW flow towards Honshu from Monday onwards.

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Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 320 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 250 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2017

Dusk in paradise.

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2017: Overview

Today we wake with partly cloudy conditions and clear weather on the mountain. Unfortunately we haven’t had any fresh snow to top up the coverage overnight so conditions will be much the same as yesterday afternoon. Its likely the temperatures will warm during the afternoon and the snow will become slightly heavier later as a cold front approaches. As the daylight hours extend the lift operations have also changed time. From now until the start of April the Nagasaka gondola will run till 4pm, Hikage till 4:20pm and Yamabiko until 4pm. Extra hours on the hill are always welcomed.

Yesterday we had some excellent conditions mountain wide with knee deep fresh powder on top of an icy base and cold temperatures. For the first time in the season there were a few death cookies to watch out for but the groomers kept the on piste conditions nice and smooth. Another 10cm fell from first to last lifts topping up the cover and bringing the grand total to 50cm up top over the previous 24 hours. Visibility improved throughout the day finishing with a spectacular red sunset as the cloud base hovered just above Yamabiko.

Nozawa Snow Report 1 February 2017: Forecast

Snowfalls will continue after tonight into tomorrow with moderate to heavy falls. The precipitation will gradually ease into Friday morning and I predict a nice sunset on Friday afternoon as the clouds break. Saturday looks to be clear as does Sunday morning. Early next week further snowfalls are on the cards. Looking like a decent seven day forecast overall.

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Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 320 cm
Temp at Top: -10 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 250 cm
New snow since close: 40 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017

Backcountry dreaming, city living

Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017: Overview

Just like that the switch has flipped and we are back to full winter mode in Nozawa Onsen. The rain turned to snowflakes at around 330pm yesterday afternoon at village elevation quickly increasing towards heavy falls as the wind swung towards NW. Strong winds fanned the falls overnight and accumulations are heavily displaced towards the leeward slopes, resulting in 40cm at Yamabiko, 30cm at Uenotaira and 25cm down here in the village. I expect snowpack stability to be extremely low today thanks to rapid temperature drop and heavy windblown accumulations last night. Definitely a day to stay on piste where no shortage of fine powder will be found directly adjacent to the pistes. Temperatures are slightly colder than normal at -10c and the crowd levels are low. Expect few lift lines.

Yesterday was a poor day for comfort skiing and snowboarding with light rain falling for much of the day. However the snow was slushy, quite fast and didn’t become too sticky. So the quality was ok considering the precipitation. The rainfalls hardly made a dent in the deep winter snowpack providing a slight consolidation below the three meter mark up top. As the freezing level dropped during the afternoon the upper slopes froze and became hard and icy.

Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017: Forecast

We should see light snow showers ease throughout today with perhaps even some breaks of clear weather later in the afternoon. Tomorrow will be a partly cloudy morning before high clouds roll over signifying an approaching cold front. More heavy snowfalls are expected tomorrow night and these will continue into Thursday and Friday. Temperatures will be generally cold, warming by half a degree or so by Friday. A clearing trend is forecast later in the week and the weekend looks like it’ll be generally fine. More snow is on the cards for early next week.

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Nozawa Snow Report 31 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 290 cm
Temp at Top: +2 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 240 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Light rain

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017

Summit Birch.

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017: Overview

The atmosphere is latent with moisture this morning and not of the good kind. Light rain is falling and right to the summit of Mt Kenashi there are positive temperatures. So for those venturing outside today you would be wanting some of the finest Gortex around, or expect a good soaking. Thats the negative out of the way so lets take a look at the immediate positives. Snowfalls are on the way and very soon indeed. Tonight we will come under the influence of a brisk NW flow that will dump heavy snowfalls right on Nozawa. I said yesterday we may wake tomorrow with 30-40cm on the ground and I stand by this prediction this morning. But for now the skiing will be wet and slushy. Walking around town the snow feels very slippery so I am hopefully it won’t be sticky snow at all on the mountain today.

Yesterday we were set upon by warm sunshine and fantastic spring skiing opportunities. It was a fun filled day on the slopes with ski and snowboard demos on at Kandahar Raceway and a generally relaxed vibe on the pistes. The snow was decent, firm in the morning then becoming a kind of soft ice that was fast flowing in most trafficked areas. During the afternoon atmospheric views of the surrounding countryside abounded as bands of mid level clouds past over the region.

Nozawa Snow Report 30 January 2017: Forecast

After tonight’s heavy snowfalls we should see light to moderate snow showers continue tomorrow with possible slight breaks of clear weather. Its likely stability will be very low thanks to a drastic temperature swing and rapid accumulation later tonight; tomorrow will be a day to keep cautious. Continued snowfalls are expected later in the week from a seperate NW flow that will commence on Wednesday night and last until at least Friday. Top ups will be continued and probably amounting to 20-30cm for each 24hour period associated. This weekend looks to be generally fine before another run of snowfalls from early next week.

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Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 300 cm
Temp at Top: -3 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Sun

Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017

Kevin gets buried in the sun last Thursday.

Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017: Overview

Wow, what a stunning sunny day it is outside today. Definitely not a day to be sitting inside here in Nozawa Onsen and what better way than to spend it outside, skiing in the beautiful Japanese Alps. Light winds, ample views and toasty sunshine will affect the mountainside today. It will be warm and spring-like with the freezing level quickly rising to around 1500m, meaning the snow will be fun and easy going mountain wide. Soft and slushy. One of my personal favourites for carving pleasure, Kandahar, is open for only the second time this season (word is they have been saving this piste for a special race event later in the year). As a result, every lift is running on the mountain today.

Yesterday was pretty similar throughout the afternoon yet much cooler in temperature. By around 1pm the clouds parted revealing a bright blue sky. As the day wore on the skiing improved as the icy pistes softened by means of sun exposure. Later in the evening a dazzling light show overhead as the setting sun cast a salmon glow over the town and mountain. A perfect way to end a good afternoon.

Nozawa Snow Report 29 January 2017: Forecast

Tomorrow will be quite the opposite so make the most of the clear weather today. It will be a pretty miserable day with rain looking likely in the morning. Snow showers will lower to 1000m by the afternoon so it will be freezing at this point from mid mountain and above. Later in the night temperatures will cool even further and heavy snow is forecast right down to sea level. Its possible we will wake up on Tuesday with 30-40cm on the ground. These snowfalls will gradual ease into Tuesday becoming isolated during the evening. Further ahead, another good run of snowfalls is possible from Wednesday night onwards.

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Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 310 cm
Temp at Top: -7 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 250 cm
New snow since close: 5-10 cm
Weather: Partly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017

Violent spindrift being blown off Mt Hiuchi 2462m yesterday

Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017: Overview

It will probably be a very underrated day out there today. Although slightly busier due to the weekend crowds the snow will be of fine quality with 5-10cm recorded overnight and fairly cold temperatures. The lower mountain will likely be dust on crust material thanks to yesterdays rain. However the upper mountain would have been cold enough to snow for the duration and therefore offer some good skiing, especially later in the afternoon when the fog and clouds move away. The recommendations for today are Yamabiko for the advanced riders and Uenotaira or mid station lifts for the beginners to intermediates. Word is that there is also some ski and snowboard demo over at Kandahar; worth a look.

Strong winds yesterday gusting up to 100km/h forced the closure of the entire upper half of the mountain all day. This is very unusual. Thanks to the low elevation of ski resorts Japan is not a windy place during winter in comparison with other mountain areas. The lower half of the mountain was open for business as usual. With warming temperatures yesterday the snow was slushy, a little slow in parts.

Nozawa Snow Report 28 January 2017: Forecast

We are expecting a warm day tomorrow with some high cloud. Not too dissimilar to yesterday however even a touch warmer. Rain is looking possible during the evening into Monday. Monday will be a poor days skiing. Looking further ahead we may receive some decent dumps of snow during the week with the biggest falls occurring on Monday and Wednesday night interspersed by isolated snow showers. Later in the week continued snowfalls are predicted from Thursday until Saturday.

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Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 320 cm
Temp at Top: -2 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 255 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Mostly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017

Sunset near Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017: Overview

Unexpectedly we have some strong winds this morning forcing closure of the entire upper half of the mountain. The Hikage gondola and Paradise lift are the two highest running lifts presently. Across the valley the powerful southerly winds are whipping impressive spindrift off the summit of Mt Hiuchi. It may feel benign down in the village but realities may change drastically with altitude. A good day to rest sore feet.

Yesterday was pretty much as good as it gets. The only downside that there wasn’t any fresh falls overnight preceding. The morning offered some of the most impressive long range views that can be had. Mountain ranges usually hidden by haze or cloud were crystal clear. It was even possible to spot boats plying the Sea of Japan off to the west. The snow was excellent, remaining dry and chalky into the afternoon at Yamabiko, but became sun affected on the south facing slopes. The treed areas are now very nicely filled in with only a few brushes poking through. If every day was like yesterday we would always be very tired!

Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017: Forecast

We are expecting snowfalls tonight across the mountain and these are predicted to continue into tomorrow before gradually easing. Perhaps 10-15cm will accumulate on the upper mountain. Sunday will be generally fine before rain showers move over in the evening, turning to snow at some point on Monday. From then on a decent run of snow is forecast during next week with continued NW winds.

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Nozawa Snow Report 27 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 360 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 285 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017

A good enough day for Brad to get out on the hill.

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017: Overview

Even though we are in Japan apparently its Australia day today. Weird. Regardless the snow is epic and the sun is shining. It will be as good as it can ever be this today. I was going to camp atop the summit last night, however the incessant snowfalls and freezing temperatures forced me to reconsider at the eleventh hour. I now regret that decision. Its a stunning morning; almost entirely clear and blue with views stretching off over huge distances. The Japanese Alps, Sea of Japan and Myoko Stratovolcano are all right there centre stage, a backdrop for today. Perhaps the day of the season and everywhere will be good. Don’t forget the camera.

Yesterday was downright epic. Snowfalls continued for the duration with surprisingly only a brief patch of sunshine. This run of snowfalls has really stood above the forecast predictions with surprise after surprise. Untracked areas were found from first lifts to last with deep powder blanketing the resort and few people, although more than Tuesday. Superlatives cannot describe the quality and level of enjoyment for all the skied and boarded today.

Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017: Forecast

As we take a look at the forecast we must lower our expectations from the lofty heights of the last two weeks. After todays sublime skiing we are in for some weird weather. Tomorrow will warm rapidly into the afternoon with some rain, or liquid powder as I like to call it during the afternoon. Luckily it will turn to snow overnight probably adding net gains to the coverage resort wide. Then again on Sunday more rain followed by more snow that will continue for much of next week at this stage. Temperatures will be a touch warmer with snow falling only to 400m above sea level.

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Nozawa Snow Report 26 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm
Temp at Top: -10 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm
New snow since close: 15 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017

Village scenes, Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017: Overview

Looks like we are in for another day that will be up there with the best. Light snow has continued to fall overnight refreshing the mountain back to a clean slate. Temperatures remain very cold and the winds are moderate with limited visibility becoming apparent with altitude gain. If the past few days are anything to go by crowds will be non existent. Time to get out there.

Yesterday was an insane day. Heavy snow feel all day long providing fresh tracks right up to last lifts with 25cm accumulating during the daylight hours. There was hardly anyone on the mountain, probably due to the extreme cold. Deep powder snow that blanketed the resort was as good as it gets; light and extremely dry it was particularly easy to manoeuvre through. With fresh tracks from first to last lifts who can complain. It sure is a hard life!

Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017: Forecast

For today, snow showers will gradually ease becoming more isolated later. By early tomorrow we are expecting clear weather and it will probably be another day to remember with blue sky and so much cold, fresh powder. On Friday it will be good again earlier before temperatures rapidly warm. Unfortunately we may experience some rain in the afternoon which will quickly turn to overnight snow. Saturday is looking to be partly cloudy before another tropical low pressure reaches the mountains. We should see further showers from this on Sunday, turning to snow by Monday. All in all, extremely variable weather into the foreseeable future. Nothing too unusual for this stage in the season though. Im sure the snow tap will be turned on once more very soon.

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Nozawa Snow Report 25 January 2017