Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 370 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 270 cm
New snow since close: 25+ cm
Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017

Down the line in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Overview

A good morning to all our readers. Last night it dumped again decorating the mountain with even more fresh japow. I think its going to be an epic day on the hill. With less winds snowfall accumulations would have been much more homogeneous and less compacted. Furthermore the potential for patches of clear weather later is a real possibility. Waste no time in bed this morning!

Yesterday we experienced some good windblown powder snow across the resort of Nozawa Onsen. A very brief patch of sunshine greeted us in the morning only to be quickly replaced by further snow showers that intensified through the day. It seems we are having an overall trend of windier conditions this season in comparison to normal. I think this can be attributed to numerous small low pressure systems moving easterly off the Asian continent and crossing over the Sea of Japan, where they intensify before passing overall central Honshu. In a normal pattern these lows develop far further North, or not at all. It can also explain the small spikes of temperature as the low pressures make their approach. Regardless this hasn’t seem to have affected snowfall amounts with the base accumulation sitting at about average so far.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 February 2017: Forecast

For tomorrow the wind is predicted to swing southerly again as a developing low pressure approaches creating warming conditions and with the freezing point topping out at around 900m above sea level during the afternoon. However this trend will be short lived as the low passes to our east dragging with it cold air and heavy snow including a solid overnight dump for Friday. From then on snowfalls will ease to moderate levels during Friday, continuing at this rate over the weekend. Temperatures will remain cold hovering between -7c and -10c at the summit of Mt Kenashi. Further ahead falls will become isolated Monday with stretches of clear weather more likely than not.

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Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm
Temp at Top: -9 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017

Time to ride..

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Overview

Strong winds blasted the township of Nozawa Onsen overnight and reports of heavy falls across the region are filtering in. Here we have received no less than 30cm on the upper mountain and 15cm down in the village. The fact that it was windy decreases the accuracy of measurements however one thing is for sure, there will be some very deep powder across the resort today. The areas which would hold the deepest snow are those that are protected from the wind. Zones such as Challange, Yamabiko four and Kandahar. Other areas on the more exposed ridglines, Skyline for example will hold far shallower snow if any at all. Use this information to your benefit for a great day.

The snowfalls yesterday never really got to any intense levels but remained consistent enough to collect 8cm from first to last lifts. It was extremely cold and windblown on the mountain, noticeably quiet as most took a day of rest. Piste conditions were not icy with the heavy fresh snowfalls adhering to and graduating temperature differentials in the snowpack. Therefore the skiing and boarding was much smoother than expected. Off piste, the appearance of frozen balls of ice, death cookies as they are called, made for tricky navigation through the trees.

Nozawa Snow Report 7 February 2017: Forecast

Throughout today we are expecting snowfalls to continue at moderate levels but there is some potential for very short breaks of clear weather. Again tomorrow light falls are forecast with even a greater potential for periods of clear weather. Later in the week a return to big totals as a typical winter NW flow establishes itself over Honshu. Winds will be lighter than the past few days and the heaviest snowfalls are currently suggested for Thursday and Sunday night.

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Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 325 cm
Temp at Top: -3 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Windy, light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017

Beautiful Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Overview

Some semi wild conditions about the peaks today. As of about 7am it was still lightly raining down here in the village and by 8am the snow line had reduced to around 800m as wet flakes began falling in the village. Since then it has become colder still and a brisk wind has increased as a slow moving low pressure passes to our east. Expect moderate snowfalls to increase in intensity today, becoming heavy overnight. The snow today will be fresh and fairly wet across the mountain but quality will likely improve later as the temperature drops. When skiing and boarding take it easy today. Select a moderate to slow speed as the icy base and fog will take no prisoners when it comes to potential injuries.

Yesterday we had fog, high temperatures and humidity affect the snowpack. It was fast flowing and neither soft nor hard with good skiing on piste. Better than expected. The rain held off almost all day with no precipitation until the evening.

Nozawa Snow Report 6 February 2017: Forecast

After todays snowfalls temperatures will drop further still tomorrow and light snow showers with strong winds are set to continue. By Wednesday the weather will moderate as snow showers ease and potential clear spells break up the clouds. I expect a decent sunset this day. On Thursday another cold flow makes an appearance with light to moderate snowfalls continuing into the future. With temperatures remaining cold all week some excellent skiing and boarding will be on offer at Nozawa Onsen.

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Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 330 cm
Temp at Top: 0 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 240 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Overcast

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017

Pavel blasts through untouched powder at a resort near Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Overview

It was a quality sunrise this morning. Across the valley a pink alpenglow lit up the Myoko Stratovolcano with a band of high cloud displaying a similar reflectance. Right now we are soaked in with thick mid level cloud, probably won’t be seeing the sun for a while. The skiing today will be decent with fast conditions early that will becoming slushy later with rising temperatures and possible rain later this afternoon. A large low pressure system is developing to our west and dragging warm moist air up from the south. As the low passes to our east at some point tonight the temperatures will drop dramatically as a NW flow establishes accompanied by heavy snow. Expect fairly crowded conditions this morning, becoming quieter later in the day.

Yesterday we saw some perfect weather and just about as perfect snow as you can get here with sunshine at the same time (at these latitudes the snow becomes sun affected fast). Considering it was the weekend and sunny it was pretty crowded with a long morning gondola line. But it was worth the wait with fresh stashes of powder, goggle tans and grand views.

Nozawa Snow Report 5 February 2017: Forecast

To the all important forecast. Heavy snow and strong winds for tomorrow with snow conditions improving as the day goes on. Its probable an icy layer will still have effect for much of the day. Consistent snowfalls will hopefully burry this layer by Tuesday with a consequential decrease in stability. On Tuesday snowfalls will continue, ramping up again later in the afternoon and evening. By Wednesday winds will ease and we may even have the occasional sunny break. On Thursday night or Friday a very strong snowfall is predicted. All in all it looks to be a very decent week ahead.

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Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017: Stats

Base at top: 330 cm
Temp at Top: -7 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 1 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017

Josh lays down a trench through some fresh powder

Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017: Overview

No wind and no cloud will make for a good day’s skiing here in Nozawa Onsen. We only received a very light dusting last night down here in the village and 1cm was recorded up top at Yamabiko. Seems like we are well and truely into the rhythm of the season with weekly dumps of snow followed by some fine weather at the end. It will be busier today with the regular weekend tourists visiting from cities afar but the crowds can easily be beaten if you know where to go. Don’t forget the free mountain tour is on today at 11am from the Mt Dock gondola cafe. My recommendations are the mid station area for cruising and Kandahar Raceway for fast carving. All lifts are running.

Yesterday we saw snow flurries continue for much of the morning, easing into the afternoon. We had quite a few breaks of sunshine followed by a nice sunset. Quality skiing was had with windblown powder coating the resort.

Nozawa Snow Report 4 February 2017: Forecast

Today is the day to get your sunshine fix as there is nothing but snow in the forecast. Tomorrow we are expecting rain and overcast conditions but by tomorrow night cold air and snowfalls will return. Then until next Sunday we are expecting snowfalls to fluctuate between light and heavy with some small glimpses of blue sky perhaps on Wednesday or Thursday. The heaviest snowfalls look to occur on Monday night and Friday at this stage.

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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 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 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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