Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 370 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm
New snow since close: 20 cm
Weather: Partly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017

Tradition and powder in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017: Overview

Overnight the heavens opened above Nozawa Onsen puking deep powder all over the resort. Winter has returned and we are back into the swing of what has been an epic one so far. Expect today moderately deep powder across the resort above a firm base layer. This morning we will be battling with weekend crowds so every bit of information helps. If you dislike crowds avoid Yamabiko, perhaps diverting too Challenge or the Skyline blacks for advanced riders and the mid station lifts for intermediates. But be fast before the word spreads!

Yesterday across the resort we had a thin layer of powder smeared over an icy base on piste and a crust layer off piste. The riding was challenging for those who lacked a sharp edge but punters with carve skis and boards relished in the conditions. Even the sun make frequent appearances later in the afternoon which certainly helped to soften the snow at lower elevations thus improving the riding. By 730pm the switch had flipped once again as heavy snowfalls returned to the resort.

Nozawa Snow Report 19 February 2017: Forecast

Later today snowfalls should ease with blue sky patches more likely than not. Tomorrow a brief warming trend will be replaced with snowfalls once again by the evening that will continue into Tuesday. Its looking likely that we will have some period of heavy falls over this time. On Wednesday the snow will become isolated as the temperature increases heading into Thursday. For late next week we are expecting cool but not cold weather with more isolated falls of snow.

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Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 265 cm
New snow since close: 10 cm
Weather: Isolated snow showers

Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017

Fire festival memories

Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017: Overview

Delivered for us this morning courtesy of a light NW breeze we have 10cm of fresh japow up the top of Nozawa Onsen. This is certainly not any dramatic figure however it is enough to cover the icy ground on and off piste to about boot deep levels. Therefore today expect some decent skiing that is better at higher elevations and dust on crust lower down. Thanks to the warm temperatures over the last few days death cookies are plentiful off piste. Combined with the flat light caution is required to avoid hitting these semi buried cookies that can do severe damage to unsuspecting skiers and boarders. Sharp edges wouldn’t go astray on piste today which in high traffic areas may become icy as the day wears on.

Yesterday we saw rain increase into the afternoon but the snow remained in good condition, still flowing fast even with the increased moisture content. It appears any damage to the base was minimal as much of the water was simply absorbed by the deep snow. The entire upper half of the mountain remained closed as a moderate southerly wind fanned the mountain all day long.

Nozawa Snow Report 18 February 2017: Forecast

Looking ahead and snowfalls will linger on and off today becoming heavier overnight tonight. I am hopeful for 20-30cm on the ground at dawn tomorrow. On Monday the temperatures will warm again climbing back up to around 5C in the village. But this spike will be short lived as snowfalls douse the region overnight into Tuesday. From then on light snow showers are predicted on and off for the rest of the week to around 500m. Overall the next week looks quite similar to our early January weather.

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Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 365 cm
Temp at Top: +1 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Wind, partly cloudy

Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017

From where you’d rather be

Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017: Overview

Its warm and windy today. However fear not! Winter is not over just yet. While wind holds are the order of the day today (currently the entire upper half of the mountain is closed due to the strong winds) and rain is in the forecast this afternoon snow will fall tomorrow to low levels, becoming heavy over the weekend. But for now slushy spring snow is to be found across the mountain. Currently the weather is mostly sunny however I expect this to change fairly quickly as some mid level cloud is on the horizon racing towards us.

Yesterday was a beautiful spring like day. Strong sunshine, a deep quality snowpack and stupendous views. The ocean greeted us to the west and the soaring Japanese Alps to the south. It was a good day to be out and about with the excellent visibility giving a good overview of the resort. The snow started firm in the morning before softening and becoming slushy in the warm sun by mid morning. In parts it became a little sticky however on piste was fine for speed.

Nozawa Snow Report 17 February 2017: Forecast

The change of the seasons are becoming more noticeable nowadays with rapid temperature swings from very cold to mild and then back again. This is what we are expecting over the next week. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all forecast at varying amounts over the next seven days. As mentioned earlier we are due for some snow over the weekend, becoming heavy on Saturday night before easing into Sunday. On Monday a brief warm spike with rain in the morning, turning to snow by the afternoon and continuing with cold temperatures persisting into Tuesday. For Wednesday some fine weather with spring snow conditions but into Thursday another tropical incursion will produce more rain followed by more consistent snowfalls into next weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 385 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 285 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017

The majestic Mt Hiuchi.

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017: Overview

Today has dawned and it looks like an absolute pearler weather wise. Clear skies above and sparkling snow below how could you go wrong with that! There is one thing that could make this day even better and thats 30cm of fresh japow but I guess you can’t have everything all the time, although that could be proven wrong the last 4 weeks.. Off piste is almost entirely tracked so the focus today will be the groomers and these will be fast early, softening during the day thanks to warm temperatures and the sunshine.

Recently we had some sad news out of the neighbouring resort Togari Onsen, so often seen lit up across the valley for night skiing. An avalanche occurred on a moderate 37 degree rolling slope during ski patrol avalanche safety work which led to three patrollers being buried unfortunately one was killed. Its a lesson for us all that even small moderate slopes can hide life threatening dangers. For anyone who wishes to ski off piste its crucial to have the knowledge and equipment necessary to deal with this ever present hazard.

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2017: Forecast

Look ahead and the next week looks extremely variable temperature wise. Some rain for Friday that will turn to snow overnight into Saturday as a cold front sweeps over the region. The following NW flow will deliver snowfalls, heavy at time over the weekend, across the Nagano region. A brief spike in temperatures for Monday before another short period of snowfalls during mid next week ahead of an overall warming trend.

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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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