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

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 350 cm
Temp at Top: -12 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 260 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017

The arctic temperatures may stop some, but not all.

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017: Overview

The coldest morning temperatures I can remember are current on the Yamabiko weather station, recording -12c before windchill. For comparisons sake, a normal cold weather temperature for the 8am Yamabiko reading is consistently -7/-8c. Today is much colder than normal with air streaming straight down from the arctic. There are also strong winds up high so when windchill is factored in the apparent temperature will be more like -20/-25c. Therefore if you value your core body temperature maybe add another layer or two today. Thats not to say don’t go riding as the snow conditions are supreme, as good as it gets! 30cm of overnight snow will make for blower Hokkaido snow quality. So dry you may struggle to differentiate the density between the snow and air. But you can’t breath snow so maybe pack a snorkel too and please don’t do anything stupid.

Yesterday was very similar to today, although not quite as cold (yesterdays 8am reading was -10c). But still the snow was fantastic. So dry and deep. The strong winds kept the gondola moving at a snails pace but it was worth the long ride. Crowds were few and fresh tracks were plentiful. Even the sun made an appearance for about an hour around lunchtime, quickly overtaken again by passing snow showers.

Nozawa Snow Report 24 January 2017: Forecast

According to the forecast we should see snow showers continue at about the current rate for the remainder of today. Snowfalls will become slightly lighter tomorrow with increasing breaks in sunshine. Thursday will be a great day with clear skies, light winds and cold temperatures. Further ahead we are looking at some rapidly undulating temperatures and variable weather. For next weekend until Monday we expect snow, sun and rain in no particular order. It will be cold one day, hot the next and then cold again. Weird. We’ll see what happens…

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Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 320 cm
Temp at Top: -10 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 235 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017

Non stop snow clearing in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017: Overview

During the early hours of this morning heavy falls of snow descended on Nozawa Onsen producing no less than 30cm of fresh powder from top to bottom across the resort. There will be some great skiing and boarding in all areas with very cold temperatures and snow showers continuing for the rest of today. Expect foggy conditions up top with improving visibility across the lower stretches of the mountain. Crowd levels will be much reduced in comparison with the last two days.

Yesterday was a fair day of skiing. There were still some fresh tracks to be had thanks to strong overnight winds filling in windblown snow on the upper elevations. Good weather and strong sunshine meant that the best skiing was had in the morning. During the afternoon the snow became heavier under increasing temperatures. Yamabiko however retained good snow throughout. The weekend crowds meant there were big lines in some areas, especially around early to mid morning.

Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017: Forecast

Looking at the forecast ahead we expect snow showers to continue on and off for the rest of today and tomorrow before easing at some point on Wednesday. Cold temperatures will remain until we see the first break of sun but will never climb too high until Friday thanks to a continued NW flow. We expect sunshine all day on Thursday. Further ahead in the long range we continue to see mixed an variable weather from next weekend. Looks like we may experience our first tropical incursion in some time. Overall, the forecast will become much clearer in the coming days.

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Nozawa Snow Report 23 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 300 cm
Temp at Top: -6 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 215 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017

View from the toilet, Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017: Overview

Snowfalls eased overnight as the wind swung around to the SW and as a result we have no significant increase in coverage since first lifts yesterday. Right now out the window its partly cloudy with occasional breaks of sunshine, its going to be a mostly fine day on the hill. Make sure you bring the camera up with some luck you may capture to Sea of Japan, potentially visible to the West (look back towards the lifts from the top of Yamabiko). The best skiing will be at Yamabiko early with fine quality on and off piste. When this becomes tracked the mid station lifts will be the next port of call for some fun intermediate level powder runs through the trees. This area is great for avoiding the weekend crowds with a double and triple chair running. For more advanced riders the skyline blacks will be worth a look all though be wary of the glide crack that has formed on Grandprix.

Yesterday we saw strong winds ease into the afternoon and as the clouds gradually lifted it revealed some fresh wind lips and other features created by the shifting snow. In the absence of any sun the snow remained in top shape with knee deep powder that fell throughout the day across the resort. From first to last lifts an additional 20cm collected from top to bottom. Foul weather seemed to keep the crowds at bay that would otherwise would have been substantial. Stability at the moment is very low with numerous wind driven slab avalanches across the slopes. Glide cracks are also beginning to open up thanks to last weeks heavy falls. As per usual, do not duck ropes; especially those with inflated egos. You may find yourself in trouble very quickly.

Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017: Forecast

Analysing the forecast we can expect about 3 days of cold Siberian flow from Sunday night until at some point on Wednesday. This should produce consistent falls of excellent quality powder snow perhaps totalling between 20-30cm per day. The heaviest falls look to occur on Sunday night and Tuesday which will be accompanied by moderate NW winds. Thursday looks like it will be clear but remain very cold. On Friday we expect temperatures to warm. Im not too certain on how the weather patterns will fall from Friday onwards. At this stage its looking extremely variable with a soupy mix of high and low pressure.

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Nozawa Snow Report 22 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 21 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 21 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 305 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm
New snow since close: 10 cm
Weather: Heavy snow

Nozawa Snow Report 21 January 2017

Nozawa Onsen back street under snow.

Nozawa Snow Report 21 January 2017: Overview

Thunder, lightning and strong winds accompanied daybreak this morning in Nozawa Onsen. I woke to the sound of snowflakes and soft hail rattling the side of the lodge as the storm broke overhead. Storms are an irregular occurrence in the winter only occurring a few times per season if at all. As of 5am no fresh snow had fallen, but from this time to 8am 10cm had collected on the upper slopes. Although the temperatures aren’t especially cold, the wind chill will make it feel much colder today. At the moment the upper mountain is soaked in fog while the lower mountain is relatively clear. Highest quality snow will be found towards the top, becoming heavier on the lower mountain.

Yesterday remained mostly clear for the duration. Occasional high cloud passed accompanied by gusts of strong wind. The snow was best in the morning remaining light and dry. By around lunchtime the temperatures had warmed which resulted in heavier snow, very sun affected on the Southerly aspects. All in all another good day on the hill.

Nozawa Snow Report 21 January 2017: Forecast

We should see snow showers ease into the afternoon today with a brief pause until tomorrow night. This will mark the start of another more prolonged run of snowfalls and very cold temperatures. Light to moderate snowfalls should continue to sea level from Sunday night until some point on Wednesday. Thursday is expected to be clear. Next weekend looks to be a mixed bag of variable weather; its uncertain at this stage what exactly will occur, snowfalls or partly cloudy days. Check back tomorrow for further updates.

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Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 300 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear, valley fog

Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017

The unbelievable views of a clear day at Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017: Overview

Much like two days ago we have some morning fog floating about the valleys. The village is entirely shrouded giving a highly atmospheric feel but at higher elevations its a different story. The top of the mountain is basking in sunshine, all be it with decidedly chilly temperatures of around -8c. While the atmosphere is not quite as clear as Wednesday, there will surely be some photogenic views from Yamabiko and so this area holds my highest recommendations for the day. With no fresh snow overnight it’ll be all about the groomers today. They will be fast and thanks to the light crowds, very smooth. The valley fog will dissipate later.

Yesterday was also quite a step down from Wednesday but still very good. It was extremely quiet on the mountain, i suspect many took a day off to rest. Even though fresh snowfalls from the preceding night weren’t significant, strong overnight winds blew in snow to almost cover most tracked areas. Heavy fog covered the mountain for much of the morning, partially clearing during the afternoon.

Nozawa Snow Report 20 January 2017: Forecast

Looking ahead at the forecast we should see snowfalls kick off again tonight with moderate falls predicted, increasing into tomorrow morning. It will then partly cloudy on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning as a small nearby low pressure inflow makes it presence known. From Sunday night or Monday morning the temperatures will become very cold with consistent snow from the NW for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Precipitation rates aren’t as high as last week but we are expecting some very decent accumulations over this time period. Later in the week an out of place high pressure will move over Japan influencing fine conditions.

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