Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015 - A Happy Monday

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015 – A Happy Monday

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015

A Happy Monday

Base up top: 470 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 305 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Clear

It’s a clear one in Nozawa Onsen with light winds and only a few clouds dotting the sky. With wind resetting tracked out areas there will be plenty of fresh tracks on offer about the mountain.

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015 - A Happy Monday. Kamoshika in Nozawa.

The often seen Kamoshika.

Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015 (continued)

Many people had issues with slow snow and/or incorrect wax type yesterday. Hopefully with overnight grooming and cooling of the snow this issue will not be so prevalent today.

We should see these fine conditions last most of today will a gradual increase in the freezing level over the next 48 hours. Following this a front delivering snow is expected from Wednesday onwards.


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Nozawa Snow Report 16 February 2015

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2015 - Extreme Weather

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2015 – Extreme Weather

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2015

Extreme Weather

Base up top: 440 cm Temp Top; -10 Degrees

Base at bottom; 265 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Windy

 

It’s blowing a gale in Nozawa Onsen this morning. We just had a patch patch of blue sky pass over about thirty minutes ago however snow has started to fall again. Its a proper blizzard out there, especially on the top half of the mountain. Here the temperature is -10C, or around -25C with windchill. Yeah, don’t forget the extra layer, or six… Its possible that the Nagasaka gondola will not be running, but hopefully the Hikage gondola will be spinning to get people to the top. Those who venture out will be rewarded with deep wind drifts of fresh pow in bounds. Avalanche conditions will be extreme today with rapid accumulation of thick wind slab on melt freeze crust on all aspects and elevations. Think twice.

Storm shredding.

Storm shredding.

Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2015 (continued)

Yesterday we also had some pretty gnarly riding weather. As heavy snow fell for most of the day conditions improved from a dust on crust situation to deep powder with only some penetration to the crust layer. Visibility was minimal and the temperatures very cold.

We should see strong winds and snowfalls continue today and tomorrow. Wind and snow will strengthen tonight pushing towards the extreme levels but by tomorrow afternoon the weather will ease. Monday looks to be the pick this week with a partly cloudy slash bluebird day expected. Following this more snow, but a higher freezing level will persist most of the week.


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Nozawa Snow Report 14 February 2015

Nozawa Snow Report: 13 February 2015 - Powder Approaching!

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2015 – Powder Approaching!

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2015

Powder Approaching!

Base up top: 405 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 250 cm

New Snow since close: 1 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

It is a partly cloudy morning in Nozawa Onsen today with a dusting of 1cm recorded at the top, no significant falls have been reported as of yet. Until some significant falls occur, a possibility later in the day, the best skiing will be had on the groomed runs which will be in great condition thanks to the relatively light crowds yesterday.

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2015 - Powder Approaching!

Faceshots in Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Snow Report 13 February 2015 (continued)

Yesterday saw beautiful and quite warm sunshine last until late afternoon. It was a great day to make laps of your favourite pistes. Snow quality at Yamabiko remained excellent as usual and the two natural halfpipes were in fine form. It felt very good to spend some quality time in the sun.

Snow is definitely on the forecast for the next few days. Today moderate snow is predicted to fall, starting at any time from here on in. Tomorrow we should see some slightly heavier falls that then should ease on Sunday. Potentially Monday will be a nice clear bluebird day with ample fresh powder.


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Nozawa Snow Report: 12 February 2015 - Another Sunny Day

Nozawa Snow Report: 12 February 2015 – Another Sunny Day

Nozawa Snow Report: 12 February 2015

Another Sunny Day

Base up top: 425 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear

Continuing on the trend of clear bluebird mornings we have a cloudless sky, light winds and golden rays of early light in Nozawa Onsen.

Fun in the sun.

Fun in the sun.

Nozawa Snow Report: 12 February 2015 (continued)

It will be yet another good day of skiing and boarding, with a focus today on the pistes and park. Off piste still holds the occasional patch of dry untracked snow up high but most well known areas are tracked out. Now for the powder hounds its a matter of waiting for the fresh to fall once more.

We should expect more snow to start to fall later today when clouds are forecast to return. Tomorrow moderate to heavy snow showers are expected in combination with moderate winds. Very cold temperatures are predicted Friday and Saturday sitting at around -12C at the peak. Moderate to heavy falls will then continue into Saturday becoming lighter on Sunday. By Monday snow will become sparse but a few flurries may still occur.


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Nozawa Snow Report: 12 February 2015

Nozawa Snow Report: 11 February 2015 – Japan National Day

Nozawa Snow Report: 11 February 2015

Japan National Day

Takeoff clearance.

Takeoff clearance.

Base up top: 430 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 265 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Clear

 

Its another visual stunner in Nozawa Onsen this morning. Clear skies, sun, light wind and 10cm of unexpected fresh snow overnight. Make sure you bring the camera unto capture the scenery or better yet, book in a skiing or boarding photo session with Nozawa Holidays for personalised skiing action shots.

Its a Japanese national holiday today so expect it to be a bit busier on the slopes than normal. Worth a look this morning will be the Yamabiko tree runs that will be loaded with fresh or those who are after mellow groomed runs might want to explore the mid station area to escape potential crowds.

Yesterday saw excellent conditions as clouds and snowfalls moved away early in the day to be replaced with beautiful sunshine. Powder was abundant across the mountain which made for many happy faces as the classic Nozawa Onsen trees were lapped and the pistes cruised upon.

Looking at the forecast ahead we can expect a slight warming trend over the next 36 hours in combination with clear weather. There are then predictions of a solid dump commencing Thursday night lasting into Saturday. Very cold temperatures are forecast however I am hesitant to call huge numbers based on the same wind direction variation that occurred during the last snowfalls. Nevertheless its safe to say that there will at least be some snowfalls over the weekend.


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Nozawa Snow Report: 11 February 2015

Nozawa Snow Report - 9 February 2015

Nozawa Snow Report – Coldest Day of the Season

Nozawa Snow Report – 9 February 2015

Coldest Day of the Season

Base up top: 420 cm    Temp Top; -12 Degrees

Base at bottom; 260 cm

New Snow since close: 10-15 cm

Weather; Snow

Whilst it has dumped overnight with 10-15cm recorded up top, the totals have been somewhat underwhelming in comparison to the half meter that was expected. Its possible and even commonplace this season that the frontal system will arrive to the region slightly later than predicted, usually between 6-12 hours behind the suggested timings. Therefore more likely than not it will snow hard today, greater than expected, as the weather moves over the region.

Nozawa Snow Report - 9 February 2015

Dropping out of the trees.

Nozawa Snow Report – 9 February 2015 (continue)

Nevertheless, 10-15cm is not to be scoffed at and there is sure to be some outstanding skiing and boarding on the hill today. Temperatures are the coldest of the season, around 4C colder than normal, so make sure an extra layer or two is being worn when heading up today.

According to the forecast snow should continue for the remainder of today before increasing to heavy amounts once again overnight. Conditions will then clear late tomorrow with a bluebird morning expected on Wednesday. Following that more snow is forecast for Thursday and then another strong front is predicted in the long fringe forecast for next weekend.


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Nozawa Snow Report – 9 February 2015

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Light Snow across the Mountain

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Light Snow across the Mountain

Nozawa Snow Report: 27 December 2013

Bluebird powder  - Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Light Snow across the Mountain

Bluebird powder at Nozawa Onsen

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Conditions Today

Base up top: 180 cm    Temp Top; 0 Degrees

Base at bottom; 60 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Light snow

 Nozawa Snow Report: Today’s overview

We currently have light snow falling about the village this morning. Not as much as originally expected however one can argue with fresh snow, with 10cm being recorded up high on the ski resort.  Best skiing will be on the upper reaches of the mountain where coldest conditions are producing the best snow quality.

Yesterday had some good top to bottom skiing on the groomed runs where conditions remained smooth and fast all day. Sunny weather gave way to high cloud and moderate wind in the afternoon preceding the current frontal system.

According to predictions light to moderate snow showers should continue today and tomorrow before receding on Sunday. More snow is expected on Monday and another dump is due starting New Years day.

Fog engulfs the lower valleys surrounding Nozawa Onsen. Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Light Snow across the Mountain

Fog engulfs the lower valleys surrounding Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report: Light Snow across the Mountain
Nozawa Snow Report: 27 December 2013

Nozawa Snow Report: White Xmas Day 2013

Nozawa Snow Report: White Xmas Day 2013

Nozawa Snow Report: White Xmas Day 2013

Conditions in Nozawa Now

Base up top: 190 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 75 cm

New Snow since close: 15 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report

It’s a white Christmas in Nozawa Onsen this morning with 10-15cm falling across the mountain since last lifts yesterday. Combined with the totals received over the preceding hours, skiing conditions should be very nice indeed.

Currently, the weather is partly cloudy and should clear completely at some point during the afternoon. Winds are light at the summit. Top picks on the mountain today are the Yamabiko trees for off piste action, while the groomed runs such as Skyline for intermediate to advanced riders or Paradise for beginners are also in fine form.

Likewise, yesterday was another good day on the hill. The snow continued to fall throughout the day at light to moderate levels and crowds were kept thin with the cold and wind.

As suggested in the forecast yesterday, we are still expecting a decent dump of Japan powder beginning tomorrow night and persisting till at least Saturday afternoon. The fresh snow should be light and dry with the freezing line dropping to sea level.

From all at Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort we wish everyone a very merry Christmas. Enjoy your day.

Nozawa Snow Report: White Xmas Day 2013

Nozawa Snow Report: White Xmas Day 2013

Nozawa Snow Report 23 December 2013 – white Xmas coming

Nozawa Snow Report 23 December 2013

It will be a very white Xmas coming

A classic sight in Nozawa Onsen. Car mushrooms - Nozawa Snow Report 23 December 2013

A classic sight in Nozawa Onsen. Car mushrooms.

Base up top: 180 cm Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 70 cm

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather; Cloudy

Its an overcast morning here in Nozawa Onsen and we are still experiencing the occasional light flurry. Light winds and minimal crowds will ensure a fun day up on the slopes. There are still a few hidden fresh lines on offer amongst the trees although good directional control is needed as there is still some brush exposed.

Yesterday was an excellent day in Nozawa Onsen. Even with the weekend influx of visitors it was easy to find some deep un-ridden stashes. The groomed runs were also in fine form with many of the mountains pistes making their season debut.

Light snows continued to fall for there remainder of the day yesterday, before gradually abating during the evening.

Later today we expect cloudy conditions to remain with isolated snow showers. There is even the possibility of some blue sky making an appearance this afternoon.

Looking further ahead the forecast looks promising for a moderate dump commencing Boxing Day night. Christmas day should be bluebird with light winds. Whereas snow showers are expected on Christmas eve.

Snow Monkey observational behaviour - Nozawa snow monkeys

Snow Monkey observational behaviour

Nozawa Snow Report 23 December 2013

It will be a very white Xmas coming

Nozawa Snow Report 22 December 2013 – Heavy Overnight Snow

Nozawa Snow Report 22 December 2013

Thunderstorms and Heavy Overnight Snow

Umbrellas at the Japan Snow Monkeys - Nozawa Snow Report 22 December 2013

Umbrellas at the Japan Snow Monkeys

Base up top: 170 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 65 cm

New Snow since close: 45 cm

Weather; Moderate snow

Looks like snow has persisted here in Nozawa Onsen for about the past 24 hours. In total 45cm fell overnight adding to what fell throughout yesterday. Snowfall rates increased during the evening with heavier falls below localised thunderstorm activity. When we woke this morning and up until the current time (10am) moderate snows were continuing to fall.

The best skiing on offer today should be found on the higher reaches of the mountain where an excellent base has formed. The Yamabiko trees will be the best to take advantage of all the fresh powder on offer and the groomed runs will be silky smooth, perfect for a relaxing cruise around the mountain.

Today marks the day where almost all of the mountain has opened excluding only the Karasawa pistes. Perfect timing for those coming to Nozawa over the Christmas period.

The forecast suggests snowfalls with gradually decrease throughout the day before the weather clears briefly tomorrow. Looking further ahead we can expect further light snow showers on Tuesday. Another sizeable dump is looking possible for boxing day, next week.

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Nozawa Snow Report 22 December 2013

Thunderstorms and Heavy Overnight Snow