Cherry Blossoms in full bloom in and around Nozawa Onsen

Cherry Blossoms

Heading thru Iiyama on the local train so many great views of the Cherry Blossoms around Nozawa

Base up top: 220 cm

Temp Top; 6 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 125 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny skies

Another warm sunny start to the day here in Nozawa Onsen. Temps are really getting up there with all this sunshine so some great T Shirt spring skiing weather on offer.

Still very quiet on the slopes but with the Golden Week set of holidays kicking off tomorrow there should be quite a few people drifting into the village from tonight.

Amazingly the resort still has top to bottom skiing on offer on the beginner Forest trail but most of the lower courses are pretty sparse on cover now.

All this warm weather has brought on the Sakura or Cherry Blossoms and they are in full bloom now in and around Nozawa Onsen. Iiyama is a pretty cool place for some Hanami action and no better way to spend an afternoon that sitting under the Cherry blossom trees with a few friends and having a quiet drink. Special time of the year to be in the mountains so come on up and enjoy the skiing and the blossoms!

 

Web Cam shot of Yamabiko this morning, beautiful spring day here in Nozawa

Web Cam shot of Yamabiko this morning, beautiful spring day here in Nozawa

 

Spring Sunshine on the way – Good availabiity for Golden Week in Nozawa

Road to anywhere great spring ski weather on the way for Nozawa Onsen

Road to anywhere great spring ski weather on the way for Nozawa Onsen

Base up top: 250 cm
Temp Top; 3 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira : 170 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather; Overcast but set to clear
After a few overcast days in Nozawa looks like we have plenty of sunshine and light winds on the way. Great conditions for the top of the resort or some touring.
With just 2 weeks remaining in the season and a very respectable 250cm base in place up the top looking like we should cruise thru the Golden Week holiday in style.
Very quiet on the slopes now and definitely that private resort feeling, often skiing down with not another soul to see!
Also in town no problem to get into your favourite restaurant any night of the week. Things should get busier in a few days time with the National holidays getting into swing. The resort will also open a few more lifts from the 25th on. So if still wondering what to do this Golden Week Holiday Nozawa could be a fun choice!
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Villa Nozawa will be open and the gang looks forward to seeing you
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Sunny up top

Local okonomiyaki.

Local okonomiyaki.

Base up top: 280 cm    Temp Top; +5 Degrees

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Valley fog

 

There is some intense fog hovering in the low valleys this morning. This is usually the result of rainfalls, which had intensified into the afternoon yesterday giving a somewhat tropical feel to the area. Luckily at the moment the areas above around 1000 meters are bathed in sunshine as the peaks soar above the low lying cloud. Today the skiing and boarding will be good on piste in the upper areas of the mountain, it will be fairly fast as it always is after rain.

Looking at the forecast ahead we have seen some improvements in the overnight updates. Snow will fall above 1400 meters later tonight becoming warm and sunny by tomorrow. Some isolated light showers may pass overhead on Thursday night but expect these to be short in duration. Light flurries are then possible on Friday above 1500 meters. Clear days are looking likely until Monday at least in the long range.

Wet but fast

Weekend alpine touring.

Weekend alpine touring.

Base up top: 275 cm    Temp Top; +4 Degrees

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

After a severe onslaught of soil hydration yesterday afternoon the much maligned precipitation has eased off overnight and we are currently faced with overcast by dry weather. Like yesterday, it will be best to make the most of the conditions earlier as rainfalls are expected to make a reappearance at some point today. Regarding snow conditions the resort runs will be wet and slushy, but fast. Best on the groomed runs. The upper areas of the mountain are holding up very well given the conditions.

Tomorrow snow is forecast the fall on the resort peaks above around 1400 meters. Following this, Thursday will be clear and sunny before snow showers resume on Friday and Saturday. This next system will be slightly colder than tomorrows with snow falling down to around 1000 meters. Early next week looks to be extremely variable at this stage and difficult to pin down an accurate prediction.

Discover Japan this Spring…

Japan is an amazing country to visit any time of the year. But Spring has to be one of my favourite times. Things are waking up, cherry blossoms are on show, temps are perfect and you can even get some skiing in! Here is a great clip that catches a lot of exploring Japan

Sunburnt faces today

Stargazing high in the Japan Alps.

Stargazing high in the Japan Alps.

Base up top: 285 cm    Temp Top; 2 Degrees

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

After an amazing sunny spring day yesterday we now have some cloudy but dry conditions across the region. Today it will be best to make the most of this weather by hitting the slopes early as there is some precipitation of the liquid form forecast to build later in the day. Before this occurs there will be some superb spring riding on offer with positive temperatures the snow will be soft and playful. Although the snow in the lowlands is melting fast the higher are loaded and ready for continued spring sessions into the distant future.

According to the forecast we will have a few days of rain with the potential for some snowfalls about the peaks on Wednesday. The second half of this week looks like it will be back to spring sunshine with great weather predicted for about five days in a row commencing on Thursday.

Easy like a Sunday Morning Nozawa Style

Gab and Luke lining up for the X Wave ski race in Nozawa. Go hard!

Gab and Luke lining up for the X Wave ski race in Nozawa. Go hard!

Base up top: 290 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 215 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny Day

Beautiful Sunday morning here in Nozawa, with lots of sunshine wading into the village and slopes.

Clear skies and great views from the top and the hard pack should loosen up pretty quick as the day progresses making for some fun conditions.

Yesterday was pretty hard going with the fog and some of the racing was on hold. Lots more people filtering into town today for the demo day and race events. The car park was full this morning!

The next few days looking a bit wet with rain on the forecast eventually turning to a good amount of snow up top on Wednesday night followed by Sun on Thursday again.

So get up there today and make the most of the awesome spring conditions

Lifts operating

– Nagasaka Gondola

– Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift

– Yamabiko Four Lift

– Skyline Contact Pair

– Uenotaira Four

– Paradise Four

Action Packed weekend in Nozawa on the slopes and the villagers prepare for spring.

The locals preparing for the break in the snow. Getting ready to change over the winter tyres

The locals preparing for the break in the snow. Getting ready to change over the winter tyres

Base up top: 300 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 220 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast.

Lots going on in the resort this weekend with the Demo day and the X Wave ski cross race all happening on the Paradise slope.

Plenty of cars in the car park too with Tokyo and Nagano crew making their way up to join in on the fun.

Yesterday was a great day on the mountain with the cloud cover keeping the sun off the snow it remained pretty firm for most of the day and was nice and fast. Looks like we have had some rain overnight but the forecast is saying it may turn to light snow later today but think it will be a case of wait and see.

Tomorrow Sunday is looking much better with a mainly sunny day on the cards and no winds. Monday and Tuesday look like we will see some precipitation with the chance of some snow up high around Wednesday before the sunshine kicks in on Thursday.

Have a great weekend, stay safe and stay classy…

Lifts operating

– Nagasaka Gondola

– Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift

– Yamabiko Four Lift

– Skyline Contact Pair

– Uenotaira Four

– Paradise Four

 

Demo Days on the way in Nozawa

Awesome spring day up top yesterday in Nozawa

Awesome spring day up top yesterday in Nozawa

Base up top: 300 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 220 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Cloudy

What a day it was yesterday clear skies all day and plenty of poor mans powder on offer with awesome spring slush.The snow was pretty fast under foot and also nice and forgiving allowing for some terrific riding both on and off piste.

Have a big group of Ski Instructors from Europe here at the moment and they are loving the weather and traditional Japanese atmosphere of the village.

Today there is a bit of cloud cover but it is relatively high so the visibility and snow is still great. Have the demo days for the next 3 days with booths for Armada Skis, Never Summer and Jones Boards and a bunch more up at Yamabiko so be sure to drop in and try out the latest gear.

Temps are relatively stable the next day or two and some snow is expected up top tomorrow followed by glorious sunshine on Sunday so a great weekend to head up to Nozawa.

 

Lifts operating

– Nagasaka Gondola

– Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift

– Yamabiko Four Lift

– Skyline Contact Pair

– Uenotaira Four

– Paradise Four

Beautiful Spring Day in Nozawa Onsen

Great time of the year to do some Touring in the surrounding mountains of Nozawa Onsen

Great time of the year to do some Touring in the surrounding mountains of Nozawa Onsen

Base up top: 300 cm

Temp Top; -3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira : 225 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Beautiful Sunshine

Magic day up here in Nozawa, with the sun greeting us early this morning. The snow cams looked awesome early, no new snow reported but looks like we had a of something up there with the trees having the beautiful white glisten about them.

Temps are nice and cold early at -3 degrees so should make for a fast surface early. With the sun shining bright it should soften up pretty quick and no wind should make for a really nice day ahead.

The outlook is for another change tomorrow and some snow expected up top all going well.

Great time of year to be in the mountains and Nozawa.

Lifts operating

– Nagasaka Gondola

– Yamabiko Number 2 Four lift

– Yamabiko Four Lift