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Base up top: 240 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 150 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

This morning we have isolated light snow showers falling across the resort. Totals have not substantiated to forecast amounts; we have had 10cm on the upper slopes and just a dusting in the village. This system is moving in from the west, not an ideal direction for Nozawa Onsen due to blocking mountain ranges.

Again, the best riding will be had today on the well groomed runs, which will be fast and smooth.

Yesterday was quite nice, better than expected. Wind and visibility was mostly fine, and the snow was running fast on the groomers. The tree runs were best avoided as a crust had formed by the afternoon making turning very difficult indeed.

According to predictions we should expect light snow showers to continue on and off today before clearing overnight. Tomorrow should be fine and sunny with moderate to light winds. Wednesday should see clouds increasing before a tasty look system moves over the region on Wednesday night. At this time moderate snow and very cold temperatures and suggested until Saturday.

A vertigo inducing chute somewhere in Nozawa.

A vertigo inducing chute somewhere in Nozawa.

Great Day for Groomers

Beautiful morning light over Nozawa Onsen.

Beautiful morning light over Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 250 cm    Temp Top;  -3 Degrees

Base at bottom; 160 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Isolated showers

 

Looks like we were hit by some sour weather last night. Rain has fallen about the village resulting in loss of snow, not really a problem given the deep base. The good news is that the freezing level is expected to drop during the day resulting in snowfalls from top to bottom. Yeahaa!

The best riding today will definitely be found on the pistes. Skyline will get your legs burning and Yamabiko will offer plenty of natural features to slash and jump off. For steep fall line skiing head to the Hikage area and take on the Challenge slopes or Kandahar raceway.

The freezing level is expected to drop back to zero by tonight and in combination with moderate snowfalls we should expect some quality conditions once more. Clear skies are expected tuesday and wednesday with another cold system moving in from over Siberia later in the week.

Put yourself in the picture.

Put yourself in the picture.

Resort Opening Day with the Deepest Skiable area Worldwide!

The iconic cooking onsen buried under meters of snow.

The iconic cooking onsen buried under meters of snow.

Base up top: 260 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 195 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

 

A partly cloudy morning today and there is very good news. Today marks the day in which Nozawa Onsen ski resort fully opens. All lifts will be running, depending on weather conditions as will all slopes. With no shortage of powder on offer today looks like it will be epic! Early on its worth exploring the slopes which have been closed without access so far this year. Skyline, Hikage, Kandahar will all be great. Once tracked out head to the treed areas for your fix of powder.

Heres an amazing fact for you. Yesterday Nozawa Onsen had the deepest snowpack out of any skiable resort in the world. That says something about the early season cover we have at the moment. Right now Nozawa about as much snow as late January last year so we are a month ahead. Its exciting to think what the rest of the season will bring.

Looking at the forecast ahead we have no shortage of snow predicted. Snow will fall up top this afternoon, lowering to the resort base overnight into tomorrow and continuing into monday. We should expect a fine, sunny break on Tuesday, Wednesday before further snow later in the week.

Classic tree skiing in Nozawa Onsen.

Classic tree skiing in Nozawa Onsen.

Snowfalls ease

A buried lift mid mountain

A buried lift mid mountain

Base up top: 290 cm    Temp Top;  -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 200 cm

New Snow since close: 50 cm

Weather; Partly cloudy

It looks like the very heavy snow we have had for the past couple of days has finally abated. Small patches of brief blue sky are gradually making appearances with the occasional isolated snow shower passing over. We expect a continued clearing trend today with hopefully a full bluebird afternoon. Light winds are forecast. The snow is extremely deep off piste so its recommended to avoid these areas without adequate experience and equipment in dealing with the overhead depths.

Yesterday only the lower slopes were open with horrendous wind conditions up top. Nevertheless there was so very fun riding to be had on the lower black runs out of the wind and blowing snow. The village was as spectacular as it gets loaded up with deep snow. It was possible to ski right down to the main road.

Looking at the forecast, snow is expected tomorrow on the upper slopes, with rain down low. A cooling trend is forecast for sunday monday with the freezing level making a rapid decline. Winds are expected to be moderate.

A new run is born.

A new run is born.

You can stop the snow dance now..

Man and machine just no match for Mother nature...

Man and machine just no match for Mother nature…

Base up top: 270 cm
Temp Top; -10 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 250 cm
New Snow since close: 50 cm
Weather; Still dumping
It was less than a week ago we reported a 70 cm base up top. This morning it is 270cm we have had over 300cm fall now in less than a week.
I have been here for a while and never seen a season start like this. Talked to my old Ski Patrol boss last night, he has done over 50 seasons here and he said he also couldn’t recall a mid December like this ever!
It is proving hard work for all the locals trying to keep from literally getting buried with everyone on the roof and roads clearing around the clock. However for anyone coming up for to hit the mountain it is going to be an amazing ride!
Hoping for a break in the snow tomorrow with clear skies forecast and all this powder it is going to be nothing short of spectacular. Then the whole resort is set to open Saturday. Mid December just like Mid season in Nozawa…

Spare a thought for the Nozawa Postie. Rain, hail or 300cm of fesh powder...

Spare a thought for the Nozawa Postie. Rain, hail or 300cm of fesh powder…

The Dump Begins

Lubo explores the village

Lubo explores the village

Base up top: 210 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees
Base at bottom; 150 cm
New Snow since close: 25 cm
Weather; Light snow
Heavily overcast conditions have engulfed Nozawa Onsen this morning and we have some light snow falling across the mountain. Unfortunately high winds are forecast so fingers crossed the resort is able to open the upper lifted areas. As usual, this system looks to be slightly delayed in comparison to forecast timings, expect snowfall intensity to build steadily throughout the day. Best riding today again will be Yamabiko, provided wind intensity is below the safety margin for lift operation.

Yesterday we saw strong prefrontal winds aloft which kept the Nagasaka Gondola closed all day. With only the Nagasaka Quad open, most people took to clearing snow in preparation for the upcoming dump, or checking out the sights of the village, a hive of midwinter activity. The local cooking onsen is a popular and fascinating sight as is exploring the shrines and temples towards the northern corner of the village. As usual, a trip to one of the thirteen free onsens is highly recommended to warm cold snowy frothers.

Heavy snow should continue tomorrow before receding into tomorrow. Friday should be absolutely pumping with deep powder, light winds and bluebird conditions. Fine conditions are expected up until sunday, when more snow is expected.

Massive Dump Tomorrow

When things are just out of reach for good reasons.

When things are just out of reach for good reasons.

Base up top: 190 cm    Temp Top;  -4 Degrees

Base at bottom; 140 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Everyone has been shovelling hard around the village late into the night yesterday. This means only one thing, snow is coming! Forecasts suggest heavy snows are expected over the coming days right up to the end of the week. Combined with what fell over the weekend we are looking towards a very solid december base indeed.

No new snow fell overnight and yesterday afternoon felt decidedly warmer once the snowflakes had cleared. Compacting the base is what we are after at the moment and warmer temperatures expected today should continue to impact this change.

Again today the best riding will be had on the groomed runs. The trees are quite well filled in now but there may be more than a few hidden branches ready to snag unsuspecting riders so best steer clear until adequate base compaction occurs.

Casting our gaze towards the forecast we should see snow increase today continuing to build in intensity tonight. Tomorrow should be insane blizzard conditions. Very heavy snow in combination with strong winds will limit potentially accessible areas. On Thursday snowfalls will decrease to moderate levels before a clearing trend is expected into the weekend. Further snowfalls are expected early next week.

The roof leap. A seasonal initiation.

The roof leap. A seasonal initiation.

Questionable Depths

Path to ski locker last night. An example of depths here at the moment.

Path to ski locker last night. An example of depths here at the moment.

Base up top:  210 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom;  170 cm

New Snow since close:  50 cm

Weather; Heavy snow

 

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Wow, what a weekend! The amount of snow that has fallen in the last 48 hours pushes towards the record books for Nozawa Onsen, surpassing 2m yesterday. Locals were saying they haven’t seen such an intense period of snowfall in 18 years. Deep snow walls about the village combined with road heating system failing to keep up has produced an unusually snow laden village, amazing scenes all round. We are hardly a week out of season opening and the resort looks like a mid season winterscape in terms of base depth, its exciting to think what the rest of the season will hold.

The snow became lighter overnight with the moon making an appearance. But we woke this morning to light snow and a bit more wind compared to yesterday. Since last lifts yesterday 50cm has descended across the resort. Be careful out there today, many areas even normal pistes are too deep. A skier was pulled unconscious after falling over in a deep piste run and suffocating, now recovering in hospital. Head to Yamabiko for some quality turns and don’t forget to pack the snorkel!!

We should see snow ease today with a brief respite forecast for tomorrow. This is ideal as it will allow the snowpack to consolidate increasing access in many areas. Another strong front is expected mid this week, possibly just as strong as the current system. Sunshine is expected to make an appearance by the end of the week.

Winter scene.

Winter scene.

Massive 100cm Dump in Nozawa Overnight

Cars are quickly disappearing in Nozawa today!

Cars are quickly disappearing in Nozawa today!

Base up top: 165 cm

Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 150 cm

New Snow since close: 95 cm

Weather; Still snowing heavy!

 

Crazy night on the snow front in Nozawa, with almost a whole Meter of snow falling across the resort. Seems like a while since we have seen this big a dump as last season we did not get a lot of these huge falls.

This system looks set to be a bit of a record for this time of year in a few parts of Japan and Nozawa is no exception.

The base has over doubled overnight to up to 165cm and still going strong! This should set us up for the season now with more big falls forecast over the next few days and very cold temps.

Roads are pretty grid locked so take care anyone moving about or coming up

The resort should open some more runs today as a result of the dump and it will definitely good all the way to the bottom on the snow front if they can groom the runs in time. Better pack the snorkel and maybe even a scuba tank for this one it is going to be deep!

 

Started snowing heavy just after dark and steamed thru the night

Started snowing heavy just after dark and steamed thru the night

Road heating just not keeping up and think man power will struggle too

Road heating just not keeping up and think man power will struggle too

Snowy days ahead in Nozawa

Runs and lift on offer in Nozawa this weekend

Runs and lift on offer in Nozawa this weekend

Base up top: 70 cm
Temp Top; -3 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 70 cm
New Snow since close: 10 cm
Weather; snowing lightly
After a pretty ordinary day yesterday today turned out to be pretty nice. Light snow fell across the resort most of the day, and then the sun burst out this afternoon.
The base is consolidating but still some nice conditions and looks like a lot of snow on the way! Freezing levels are set to drop below Zero and heavy snow expected tomorrow. So looking good for the first Saturday of the season.
The resort is also opening more runs with Uenotaira opening up which will be great for the beginners. The shuttle bus service looping the resort is also in full swing from tomorrow. Still not a lot of people about town so get up and enjoy the early season fun in Nozawa

Sunset, small street , snow shovel Nozawa Style

Sunset, small street , snow shovel Nozawa Style