Average but improving conditions

One of the many local shrines at Nozawa Onsen.

One of the many local shrines at Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 340 cm

Temp Top; +3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 270cm

Base at bottom; 150 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast, windy at the peak

 

Conditions are overcast and mild in Nozawa Onsen today. Strong winds have forced closure of both gondolas however at least the predicted moisture has held off for the time being. Spring skiing will be on offer with the groomed runs being the best bet. Off piste areas are best avoided. Today will be the perfect day for exploring the village. Head down to the cooking onsen during the afternoon to watch locals go about their daily ritual of cooking food in the steaming waters, a fascinating sight.

Yesterday saw some nice spring skiing on piste and in the park. Bluebird conditions persisted for the day although the usually spectacular long distance views were obscured by haze blown in on the south winds.

Looking at the forecast ahead we should see improving conditions over the coming days. We expect colder temperatures with partly cloudy skies tomorrow with some potential for some fresh falls overnight tonight. Pre-frontal moisture is expected on Thursday before a moderate dump is forecast overnight Thursday and into Friday. Following that, cold temperatures will remain into the extended outlook with a mixture of snow showers and clear skies.