Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 315 cm
Temp at Top: -6 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017

First lifts on Yamabiko yesterday.

Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017: Yesterday

What a day it was yesterday! For those lucky enough to get up early would have seen some amazing atmospheric clarity as they rose above the valley fog aboard the Nagasaka gondola. The Sea of Japan and the horizon over the ocean was clearly visible. Even Sado Island way off to the NW was sighted. The mighty Japanese Alps all the way to Hakuba extended across the skyline providing ample mind skiing. It wasn’t until around midday when photochemical haze spoiled the long distance views. And what about the snow. It was phenomenal. Deep, cold powder snow that was much improved from the day before. Excellent skiing was had across the mountain with nothing but happy faces (except for those who missed out). Many of the multi season staff were remarking that it was one of the best days skiing they have ever had, myself included. More again please 🙂

Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017: Today

We woke this morning at 630am to some light flurries of snow and the loud sirens of the earthquake alarm. Luckily nothing eventuated, however earthquakes are always in the back of your mind in Japan. From last lifts to 8am we had 5cm of fresh snow fall, perhaps a little more since then. If you are paying close attention to the base depth figure you may have noticed a decline back towards the three meter mark. This is simple the natural compaction of the snowpack as the snowflakes break down and air in compressed out after fresh snowfall has occurred.

Out skiing and boarding today you’ll notice the snow is slightly heavier powder, similar to Tuesday. Nevertheless it will be a fun day on the hill with good turns through the Yamabiko trees and smooth groomers across the lower pistes. The crowds are light and the mountain is currently shrouded by fog above 1000m.

Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017: Forecast

According to the forecast we expect light snow showers to continue on and off today, perhaps clearing later this afternoon. Then tomorrow night we will see another round of snow of much the same quality as today. Which will continue into Sunday morning. From then one another much colder batch of snow is due for early next week. potentially clearing again around Wednesday or Thursday.

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Nozawa Snow Report 19 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 330 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 20 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017

A villager exits the cooking onsen after recent heavy snowfalls

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017: Overview

The storm is over. Delivering a parting gift of 20cm overnight there are now clear blue skies and bright sunshine above the mountains. A bluebird powder day. In the valleys we have a dense but spectacular sea of fog. Bring the camera up today as there will surely be some amazing views with fresh snow frosting the trees framed by a backdrop of piercing snow clad peaks.

To recap from the past week we have received a grand total of 385cm from the entirety of this run of snow. It is remarkable to have such a prolonged run of heavy falls and we are now well set up for the long season ahead. The skiing today will be good, best early as temperatures are forecast to climb during the afternoon. When this happens the best snow will be found on north facing slopes and shaded valleys such as Nagasaka, Challenge and of course, Yamabiko. Some slopes may become sun affected and heavy especially on the lower mountain.

Yesterday we had some unusual weather patterns. While heavy snow continued to fall, adding another 20cm throughout the day, temperatures were surprisingly high, hovering at -5c up top and 0c in the village. This made the snow heavy going and vastly different from the perfection of Monday. Nevertheless it was still much more fun than working so who can complain. As expected the mountain was nicely uncrowded.

Nozawa Snow Report 18 January 2017: Forecast

According to the forecast we should have a few days of variable weather and overnight snow showers. Light snow is expected overnight tonight before a partly cloudy afternoon for tomorrow. Friday will warm a touch before heavy snow moves over the region once more overnight into Saturday. Further moderate to heavy falls are expected into early next week.

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Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017

Iain carves up some fresh powder


Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017

Please pay attention to warnings!

Overnight we received reports of a missing family on the mountain. By all accounts they would have faced a freezing night on the hill. The latest word of mouth is that they have been found alive. Apparently they dug a snow cave which would have almost certainly saved their life. If you somehow find yourself stuck in a similar situation the best course of action is to remain calm, try make contact via mobile phone, try not to become sweaty (it will make you colder/freeze later in the night) and build a snow cave for warmth and shelter. Do not go into the backcountry if you don’t know what your doing. Do not duck ropes.

This is what we told people just two days ago!

It will be deep, very deep. Don’t head off piste as there are some extremely unstable layers and the likelihood of becoming stuck is an almost certainty. There are clueless people out there dropping things they shouldn’t, without even know where it funnels too. Don’t be one of these people. Save some energy for the fire festival and have an amazing day.

Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 340 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm
New snow since close: 25 cm
Weather: Heavy Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017

Photo courtesy of Seji Suzuki

Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017: Overview

It just never stops. For the 7th day in a row it has dumped overnight in Nozawa Onsen. This time 25cm has fallen on the upper slopes and 25cm in the village. This is amazing. A week ago I said to expect some huge figures upcoming and that has been the case. Since the 10th we have had a storm total of 345cm, which is nearly one third of the average annual snowfall in the space of a week. Two weeks ago we were looking down the barrel of a very marginal season indeed. How quickly that can change! Expect again outstanding riding conditions with piles of powder even on piste, silky smooth squeaky cold groomers and maybe even some views later this afternoon.

I have never skied in Alaska, but yesterday provided the type of snow one might expect when skiing a mind bending spine wall on the slopes of an otherworldly Alaskan peak. Wind compacted powder. Perfect for charging at high speed with utmost confidence and control. The day of the season for sure. More snow than the relatively light crowds could track within the day, strong winds and continued snowfalls replenishing drifts with amazing frequency. Extremely cold temperatures ensured the snow remained in superb condition all day long. There just isn’t enough daylight hours.

Nozawa Snow Report 17 January 2017: Forecast

Gazing towards the forecast the snow train continues. We have reached the tail end of the current run and snowfalls are expected to taper off later today, clearing tomorrow morning into a stunning bluebird. Partly cloudy conditions will persist into Thursday and even perhaps Friday. Right in time for next weekend we are then expecting another run of heavy snow. While not as extensive as last weeks storm/s it looks like we’ll get more than a few overnight deluges of the white stuff we all crave.

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Nozawa Snow Report 16 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 16 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 330 cm
Temp at Top: -11 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 235 cm
New snow since close: 35 cm
Weather: Snow

Dosojin 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 16 January 2017: Overview

All the fire in Nozawa can’t stop this storm! The morning after the world renowned cultural event, the Nozawa Onsen Dosojin Fire Festival and there will no doubt be many sore heads about town. But those with an eye on the pow will reap rewards this morning with classic winter powder skiing conditions. Heavy snowfalls and blizzard conditions continued overnight refreshing the slopes to a clean slate. There will be no shortage of wind features and heaps of fun skiing and boarding on offer. Be careful, the snow is in parts deeper than head high. Don’t get yourself into anything you can’t get yourself out of.

Yesterday was another best day of the season. At least equal to the day before. The snow was much more wind compacted, making significantly easier skiing and boarding. Strong winds persisted all day with arctic windchill towards the summit. Snowfalls also continued adding another 17cm of fresh.

Last night the age old tradition of the Dosojin Fire Festival was enjoyed by hundreds under a blanket of snow. As always, it was a somewhat dangerous spectacle as the tower was attacked, defended and eventually burned to the ground. The fire burned with such ferocity that falling snow flakes melted into rain drops in the immediate vicinity. Even after many times of viewing, the mesmerising display never gets boring and is well worth the trip alone to Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 16 January 2017: Forecast

According to the forecast we are in for another day much the same as the past two. Snowfalls will intensify overnight adding significant numbers to the fast growing base. The flakes will gradually ease into Tuesday, this will mark the end of this extremely cold and powerful storm system. By Wednesday we expect a beautiful clear bluebird and no additional snowfalls. Further ahead, another strong system is looking plausible around next weekend.

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Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017: Deep, very deep.

Snow rafting in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017

It will be deep, very deep.

A vicious gale roars outside the window. Snow is blown across the fields and then back again filling in any freshly cleared track within the hour. Bushes that once stood meters above the snow are all but gone. Such is the 36 hour blizzard in Nozawa Onsen. The storm continues with only a brief sign of pause this morning, before unleashing once more.

Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 305 cm
Temp at Top: -10 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 225 cm
New snow since close: 40 cm
Weather: Blizzard


Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017: Overview

Since last lifts yesterday snow has fallen to the amount of 40cm, but with strong winds its hard to trust this measure (could be less or more). Since the snow started falling days ago we have had 245cm (at Yamabiko) transform the mountain slopes into an unfamiliar wonderland. It will be good today. It will be deep, very deep. Don’t head off piste as there are some extremely unstable layers and the likelihood of becoming stuck is an almost certainty. There are clueless people out there dropping things they shouldn’t, without even know where it funnels too. Don’t be one of these people. Save some energy for the fire festival and have an amazing day.

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Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017: Yesterday

Yesterday was the deepest day in recent memory. Its unusual to have such prolonged heavy snowfalls in even a good season, which up until now was not. Heavy snow filled in tracks lap after lap. Extreme cold kept the snow in amazing condition; light and dryer than the Sahara. Even when chopped up it was still amazing skiing. These are the days we live for.

Nozawa Snow Report 15 January 2017: Forecast

As the forecast stands we are just over half way through this current storm cycle. The heaviest falls were expected yesterday and slightly lighter but still powerful falls are expected today and tonight. Monday have received an upgrade of snowfalls but it won’t be as cold as yesterday. On Tuesday snowfalls will become light and isolated before potentially clearing on Wednesday and Thursday. Another good dump of snow is looking possible for next weekend.

Update: Since the opening of lifts at 8am another 10cm has fallen taking the base over 3meters. For the record we cracked 2meters on Friday night.

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Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017

Sake gifts to those hauling the gigantic tree down for the fire festival yesterday

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017

Biggest snowfall in 2 years!


Buried, inundated or swamped are all words to describe what we are currently experiencing in Nozawa Onsen. Right now the precipitation rates are truly amazing with very heavy snow and blizzard conditions right down to the village.

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 235 cm
Temp at Top: -10 degrees
Base at Uenotaira station: 190 cm
New snow since close: 40-50 cm
Weather: Blizzard

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017

The stage is set for action tomorrow night

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017: Overview

Since last lifts yesterday we have had a windblown 40-50cm fall on the upper mountain and 45cm down in the village. But since these recordings were taken some time between 6 and 7am id say the depth is significantly more than this by now, perhaps 70cm+. Early this morning the snow came in thick and fast, even the under street heating was no match for the powerful falls. The storm total now stands at 175cm officially. Its growing fast!

There are only a few places on the mountain you can ski with such depth. They are as steep as possible to avoid becoming bogged down and stuck fast. Id recommended staying on piste or very near to the piste at least until the snow settles. Its going to be a dangerous day out there today. For those who are a bit overwhelmed by the stormy weather, head down to the village where today the gigantic structure that will be set alight in tomorrows fire festival is being constructed.

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017: Yesterday

Yesterday we had a magic day on the mountain. Light to moderate snowfalls continued for much of the day with a few breaks of lighter air in between. The snow was top quality, powder laps right down to the village. Overnight falls of 30cm are the perfect depth for Nozawa Onsen. These layers are the perfect amount to ski all areas of the resort without becoming too bogged down in shallow terrain. In other words, you need not straight-line Yamabiko. At 1pm the large centre tree was dragged down from the mountain to be used in the Fire Festival tower with many Sake refreshments flowing!

Nozawa Snow Report 14 January 2017: Forecast

Looking at the forecast ahead we are about a third of the way through this impressive storm front. Very heavy snow is expected to continue for the rest of today and tonight. Precipitation rates will ease a touch tomorrow and then again on Monday. On Tuesday snow showers will become lighter and variable with the first possible bluebird day for Wednesday.

With all the snow there are some delayed or cancelled trains in the area. Shinkansen are not currently affected. http://traininfo.jreast.co.jp/train_info/e/shinetsu.aspx

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Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 200 cm
Temp at Top: -6 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 160 cm
New snow since close: 30 cm
Weather: Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017

Powdery monotony in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017: Overview

Looks like we have received yet another good overnight fall in Nozawa Onsen with an additional 30cm being added to the growing base. This brings the grand total from this storm cycle upwards to 110cm at the top. Outside the window now we still have some occasionally heavy snow falling and the temperatures are cold being -6c at Yamabiko. Again Yamabiko gains line honours for the funnest section of the mountain first lifts with playful lines through excellent powder snow. For a quieter time, head to the Challenge slopes but beware, the challenge lift will not be running. During the late afternoon powerful snowfalls are on the radar as soon as the winds swing back to the NW. Expect big totals.

We are in the lead up to the popular Dosojin Fire Festival. For the latest scoop on what will go down over the next few days head on over to our blog post:

The Nozawa Onsen Fire Festival – What to check out

While we didn’t get a huge overnight total yesterday that didn’t limit prime time conditions at Nozawa Onsen. The shifting winds filled in the majority of tracks making it fell much deeper in certain sections. It snowed lightly for most of the day and we even had a glimpse of blue skies around lunchtime. It is really hard to have a bad day around here at the moment, but is it ever?

Nozawa Snow Report 13 January 2017: Forecast

The latest on this storm front is in. We are now expecting the heaviest falls on Friday night and Saturday night, with slightly lighter but still very heavy falls on Sunday night. During the days we are expecting moderate to heavy falls continuing until around Tuesday. There will be strong winds aloft to match, most intense on Saturday night and Sunday. The next clear weather appears possible for Wednesday as a high pressure cell drifts over the region. Looking further ahead more snowfalls are possible late next week. Its going to be a crazy weekend, stay safe out there.

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Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017: A day of excellent quality

Lada soaring into a dream yesterday

Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017

A day of excellent quality

Yesterday was a day of excellent quality. There was no shortage of deep powder across the resort enjoyed by only a few (the resort is noticeably quieter in comparison with the holiday season over the past few weeks). Incredibly soft, dry snow made riding a pleasure, it was mesmerising to see snow hanging airborne for several seconds once aloft.

Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 175 cm
Temp at Top: -8 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 140 cm
New snow since close: 5 cm
Weather: Light snow


Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2017

Plenty of snow coming in later today in Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017: Overview

Last night was a complete fizzer. We received only 5cm of snow up top which is significantly less than expected. I think we can attribute this result to a shift in the wind direction to the West. When this occurs windward mountains such as Myoko as well as other coastal peaks draw and block much of the lake effect snow. The winds are expected to remain Westerly all day and therefore we aren’t expecting much more than light isolated snow showers. Regardless there will be some shallow stashes of untouched powder and very deep stashes where no one has been the past few days. The current storm total stands at 75cm so there will be significantly improved snow depth from this time last week.

Yesterday the weather again surprised us with occasional sunshine, light winds and only isolated snow flurries; much the same as Tuesday. It could be said that Wednesday was the day of the season, at least so far…

Nozawa Snow Report 12 January 2017: Forecast

Which brings us to the upcoming forecast. No it hasn’t downgraded and confidence remains high of some amazing figures. Based on the predictions and observations over the past three days it wouldn’t surprise to have several half meter days in quick succession; namely Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The snow will fall to sea level in what will be the first true Siberian blast for the season. At this stage the heaviest falls appear to occur on Saturday and Sunday, the day of the fire festival looks to be almost as snowy. It will be a real test of the committed for first lifts on Monday. But those who manage to steer clear of alcohol induced hangovers will likely reap great rewards.

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Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 180 cm
Temp at Top: -7 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 140 cm
New snow since close: 45 cm
Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017

Distant peaks and swirling clouds yesterday.

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017: Overview

Day number two of this run of snow and we have reached a total of (70cm) since last lifts on Monday. Overnight there has been 45cm fall at Yamabiko and about 30cm across the lower mountain. The freezing point has nosedived to just above sea level and is not expected to rise above this mark for the next seven days. I will be keeping a running tab of snowfalls for the next week on here. Keep an eye out for some impressive statistics!

It is some source of excitement waking to dead silence out the window and this morning has definitely been the case. Out the window we have some moderate flurries dampening any source of sound. Off in the distance road clearing tractors occasionally break the eerie auditory nothingness. Falls are expected to remain at this intensity for the rest of the day. Expect excellent conditions across the mountain with very light crowds; Nozawa Onsen is at its finest like this. Deep powder will be encountered off piste, not quiet bottomless but close to it. The groomers will be soft and silky smooth. Its hard to go wrong on any area of the mountain today although Yamabiko will be noticeably chilly.

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017: Yesterday

Yesterday surprised us all. A bluebird powder day! Just after sunrise the wind shifted direction slightly, windward mountains blocking any source of cloud. It was a terrific day to be skiing and boarding. Distant peaks split bands of low cloud that meandered in the valley. The coastline off to the west was clearly visible. Yamabiko was the place to be early on, framed by ice dusted Birch, the snow quality was excellent and there were many playful hits amongst the trees. On the lower mountain the fresh snow was wet and heavy so it was really the upper mountain that offered the best skiing.

Nozawa Snow Report 11 January 2017: Forecast

Wow! The forecast continues to impress. Every couple of hours I check the updates expecting to see some form of downgrade. It really does look too good to be true. Over the next six days snowfalls may account up to one third of the total average yearly snowfall for the entire year. Thats based off this current forecast. Crazy. Tomorrow we should expect a similar amount to fall to today. On Friday the intensity will really ramp up with nothing but heavy snow until Monday. Now its time to sit back and watch this thing unfold.

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Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 160 cm
Temp at Top: -6 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 125 cm
New snow since close: 25 cm
Weather: Light snow

Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017

Jerry having fun in some deep powder.

Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017: Overview

Anticipation is high. Skis and boards are waxed and ready to slide. Memory cards are cleared and gopros are charged. Its been dumping overnight up top and will stay this way for over a week. Winter has arrived in full to Nozawa Onsen. Since last lifts 25cm has blanketed the slopes. Today the snow will be of the highest quality on the upper mountain and on the lower mountain its will be wet thanks to the relatively high freezing level. This is excellent base building snow to push down the troublesome brush that has been of major annoyance so far this season. Expect snow quality to improve by tomorrow, becoming even better as the week progresses.

Yesterday was a pretty marginal day for skiing and boarding, but still better than expected. The rain held off for most of the day but regardless the snow was pretty slow apart from on the upper slopes. The long weekend crowds vanished by lunchtime as Japanese tourists departed back to their home cities and it became fairly quiet on the slopes. By about 8pm last night the heavy rain had turned to wet snow down in the village.

Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017: Forecast

Looking further ahead to forecast has held with major snowfalls still expected. At this stage Friday, Saturday, Monday Tuesday are looking like 50cm+ days (subject to forecast change). Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday are looking like 20-30cm depending on minor variances in wind direction. Add all this together and we are looking at some grand totals. The lack of snowfall so far this winter is about to be repaid.

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Nozawa Snow Report 10 January 2017