Getting Deep in Nozawa

Jerry swims Nozawa Onsen.

Jerry swims Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 370 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 235 cm

New Snow since close: 30 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

We were expecting a full bluebird this morning but it looks like the skies haven’t quite cleared just yet. Mostly overcast conditions with the occasional flurry still persist. We should see these clouds to move on at some point later today. Expect the skiing and boarding to be as good as it gets in Nozawa Onsen with deep dry powder blanketing all areas of the resort. The groomers will be soft and silky smooth.  For powder enthusiasts skiing in the trees will enable you to obtain no shortage of face shots.

Yesterday was also just about as good as it gets. Lighter than expected crowds surprised us all without complaints making freshies easy to access all day long. Moderate falls of snow continued for most of the day, 28cm was recorded at the top up until last lifts. Those who ventured into the village were rewarded with site preparation in the lead up to the world renowned fire festival, which will occur on thursday.

Mostly fine weather is forecast for the next three of four days with the models predicting a moderate dump at the weekend, with snow showers and freezing temperatures persisting into the new week. For the fire festival evening we may see the occasional flurry of light snow between partly cloudy skies. Of course, the forecast is subject to change in the coming days.