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.