Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014: The Magic Foot Overnight

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014

The Magic Foot Overnight

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014

Chair shower

Present snow and weather in Nozawa Onsen

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 250 cm    Temp Top: -10 Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 140 cm

New Snow since close: 20-30 cm

Weather: Snowing hard

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014

As expected it has dumped overnight in Nozawa Onsen, and dumped hard. 30cm of fresh powder has been recorded up near the summit of Mt Kenashi and 20cm down in the village. At the moment snow is still falling at moderate levels and the upper mountain is soaked in fog. Winds are gusting strong up top so be ready for very cold temperatures with a wind chill of around -20C.

Today is a day for the secret spots to escape the long weekend crowds, which are building in the lead up to the annual much celebrated fire festival. Look for locals dragging trees down from the mountain today for use in the ceremony on Wednesday night. There is a definite celebratory atmosphere about the village with the main streets chock a block full of people, well worth a look.

Yesterday we saw great conditions earlier with very cold overnight temperatures sucking the moisture out of the snow creating fast groomers and nice off piste powder. The afternoon saw temperatures warm and subsequently the snow became heavy lower down, good conditions for carving on the groomers but not so nice off piste.

We should expect snow showers to gradually decrease throughout the day before becoming isolated tomorrow. Wednesday should see mostly sunny conditions with some clouds moving across during the afternoon. Further light snow showers are predicted for Thursday.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014

Yuto airs on a pristine powder run.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 13 January 2014: The Magic Foot Overnight

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014: Overnight dump expected

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

Overnight dump expected for Nozawa Onsen

Bluebird powder day at nearby Madarao - Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

Bluebird powder day at nearby Madarao Kogen Ski Resort. with a great view of Lake Nojiri and Mount Myoko

Present snow and weather in Nozawa Onsen

Base up top (Yamabiko – see webcam): 230 cm    Temp Top: -8 Degrees

Base at bottom (Nagasaka – see webcam): 120 cm

New Snow since close: 5 cm

Weather: Mostly sunny

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

A semi bluebird morning here in Nozawa Onsen. We have some light cumulus clouds hovering around delivering the occasional snow shower. Since the close of lifts 5cm of fresh has fallen on the upper slopes and a dusting recorded down lower. Visibility is very good across all elevations.

Best riding today will be had all over the mountain from a snow quality standpoint. But head to the quieter areas of the resort to escape the crowds on this long weekend Sunday. Be careful in the backcountry as snowpack stability is still a concern after the recent dump.

Yesterday was one of the better days of the season. The powder had settled and consolidated so was much easier to ride although not as deep as the day before, a good chance to explore the excellent Nozawa Onsen tree runs. Visibility was marginal in the morning but improved during the day.

Current predictions indicate a strong dump will occur tonight with snow continuing tomorrow. Its likely we should receive 30cm, possibly more, of fresh over the next 24 hours. Light snow will continue into Tuesday before clearing to bluebird conditions on Wednesday.

And a couple of nice Nozawa Onsen pics lifted from the ski.com.au forums.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report 12 January 2014