Nozawa Ski Resort is well and truly open

The powder has arrived!

The Game changer in Nozawa. Powder Season has arrived!Base up top: 150 cm Temperature; -10 Degrees
Base at bottom; 55 cm
New Snow: 60 cm Weather; Dumping

Most years we have a system that rolls thru and changes the landscape pretty quickly. We get a lot of snow in a short period of time, which usually sets us up for the season and means the start of the powder season.With a massive 60cm dump overnight and looks like 60cm more on the way this is our game changer for this season. Some seasons we are just opening around this time so knee to waist deep powder is pretty amazing in early December.We cleared the steps 4 times yesterday and still woke up to 20cm on the doorstep! Anyway time to strap on the powder boards for a bit of R & D. Will keep you posted….

All hands on deck in Nozawa

Nozawa Snow Report: Another Day at the Office

Mowing the lawn

Base up top: 415 cm                  Temperature: -12 Degrees

Base at bottom: 315 cm

New Snow: 38cm

There was 30+ centimetres of snow again overnight in Nozawa Onsen. It is just part of the routine now to wake up and clear a foot of snow off everything before the day begins!

Imagine waking up and the grass had grown a foot overnight can be hard work but snow is a lot more fun than grass.

Yesterday was pretty harsh conditions up on the mountain. Getting off the gondola at Uenotaira felt a bit like we had arrived at the base camp for a North Pole expedition. If you could get into the valleys and out of the wind and driving snow though it was pretty nice and some fresh tracks to be had on most of the less frequented runs.

The constant snow is also playing havoc with the local train from Nagano to Togari Nozawa Onsen station. It is stopped to clean snow off the lines now but should be back running this afternoon.

The forecast believe it or not is for a bit of sunshine amongst the snow showers over the next few days then further ahead the snowathon should continue…

Different kind of neck deep

Nozawa Snow Report: Stealth dump hits again

Just keeps getting deeper in Nozawa

Once again last night we were treated to an unexpected sizeable dump from the snow gods. We received a good 25cm of fresh snow on top of yesterdays massive fall.

It snowed most of last night not super heavy but enough to gather on your head as you walked thru the village. It was still snowing this morning but looks like the tap has finally been turned off for now with a bit of blue sky poking thru the clouds. Not sure it will last though as there are a few snowy looking clouds hovering over Myoko that may blow in later.

Yesterday was yet again an amazing powder filled day on the slopes. Was getting a little heavy down low as the temps were a bit warm but was nice conditions all over.

The preparation for the Fire Festival continues today as they enter the final hours it is a race to get it all done but they always get there and the snow should hopefully not hinder construction today. The Festivities kick off at 7 pm down at the Dosojin Arena towards the bottom of the Village just follow the crowds. There will be Fireworks and drummers before the kids have a charge at the tower.

Then the rest of the Villagers will do their best to burn it to the ground. The whole pantomime should come to a fiery climax at about 10pm.

It is quite a long and cold night so rug up especially your feet. There is always free sake on offer but please take it easy we hope not to see a repeat of a few years ago where a few visitors had one too many and fell asleep in the snow! It is still a long way until Spring arrives! Have a great night and hope to see you all there.

Three Torus for this years Fire Festival - our neighbours prodly celebrate the new birth in the Family


Nozawa Snow Report: Reached the 3 meter base mark in Nozawa this morning

Kawaharu Yu Onsen cold meets hot in Nozawa Onsen

Wooo! We have dived into the 300cm mark in Nozawa Onsen officially today. Happened a little quicker than I thought as yet again last night we received close to 30cm on the slopes!

It seems like a given to wake up with a solid dump of new snow on the doorstep. Checked back a few years for base at around this time and the average has been about 190cm so we are well above that now. 2010 we were at similar levels and in 2006 we had a whopping 475cm!

Today is relatively clear compared to the past few days, but still snowing! Just lightly in the village at the moment but snow clouds are still hovering.

Yesterday on the mountain was another great day and I am running out of superlatives to describe it. 30cm of fresh and it snowed pretty heavy most of the day.

We should be in for snow showers over the next few days then another good dump starting Tuesday night. The snow is deep so choose your line carefully and take a big breath!