Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

The calm before the storm


Yesterday was a picturesque day on the mountain. Views off to the Sea of Japan, northern peaks piercing the clouds and even the Hakuba range was visible way off in the distance. Light winds and warm sunshine made for a pleasant days skiing and with the holiday crowds there was a very mellow atmosphere on the slopes. Last night the village was jam packed for the Niko Niko Matsuri, a gigantic contest of paper, scissors rock.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017: Stats

Base at top: 145 cm
Temp at Top: -5 Degree
Base at Uenotaira station: 100 cm
New snow since close: 0 cm
Weather: Clear

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

First light in Nozawa Onsen. Pic courtesy of Seiji Suzuki

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017: Overview

Right now in the village its clear and calm. I can hear quite a few cars driving up to the parking area so its going to be a busy day on the slopes, as expected for the long weekend. Again groomers will be the pick for the day, smooth and fast early becoming icy up top and softer/slower down low later in the day. Expect high clouds to move over the resort later, but as we will be impacted by easterly weather I don’t think there will be much fog.

Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

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Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017: Forecast

The wait could be over very soon in here in Nozawa Onsen. After much flip flopping the predictions have come into line once more for the past 24 hours. And they are suggesting something big. From tomorrow afternoon until about the 16th or 17th we are expecting consistent moderate to heavy snow. This is the most impressive run of snow I can remember as far back as Dec/Jan 2014/15.

To begin with there will be some rain today and early tomorrow from mid mountain and below, snow up high. From then on the heaviest falls of snow looks to be on Tuesday night and then every day from Thursday until Monday. Temperatures will be cold, coldest over the weekend. The perfect wind direction from the north west is checked, hovering at moderate levels for the duration. We will see how much eventuates but our expectations here in Nozawa Onsen are very high indeed.

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Nozawa Snow Report 8 January 2017

Blanket of Snow covering top half of the Resort

November 15th 2011 first good coverage of the Season

Many Alpine regions in Japan woke up to a blanket of snow this morning and Nozawa Onsen was no different with snow down to about half way covering Uenotaira .

First good covering of the year and looks like more to come over the next day or two. Then will warm up over the weekend a bit before the next system is forecast to come in nice and cold on Monday next week. Temps are set to drop to -7 degrees with freezing point dropping to Village level at about 500m above sea level.

Up top they are predicting heavy snowfall so will be interesting to see if that eventuates. In the past the resort has opened on November 21st if there was enough snow. The powers to be have assured me they will be opening on December 3rd but if this gives us a decent covering who knows.

Anyway looks like Winter is here and wont be long until we are strapping on the planks and pulling out the shovels for a great season ahead.