Powder is Falling

Surrounding landscapes of Nozawa Onsen.

Surrounding landscapes of Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -9 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 10 cm

Weather; Snow

 

Finally we have some beautiful thick flakes falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. A welcome change from the liquid pow we were doused with yesterday. 10cm was recorded at the summit so not a whole lot, but enough to get some good powder turns in. With snow forecast to fall all day its likely that conditions will continue to improve.

Looking at the forecast we can see a solid lineup of snowfalls. Snow should ease later this afternoon with a clear day tomorrow. Following that snowfalls should recommence and continue for some time. Moderate falls are expected beginning Friday until Wednesday of next week. Conditions will be all time for most of next week.

Dream lines.

Dream lines.

Base up top: 385 cm    Temp Top; +1 Degrees

Base at bottom; 220 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Light rain

 

At the moment we have some light rain falling in the village of Nozawa Onsen. Not ideal conditions but the good news is there is snow on the way. The rain should transition to snow early to mid afternoon, earlier at higher elevations. For those heading up today, stick to the well ridden groomed runs for maximum speed.

Looks like we are in for a great week ahead according to the forecast with a continued run of snow. Moderate falls are predicted overnight and into tomorrow before a clear day on Thursday. Following that a very solid dump is forecast Friday night into Saturday with at least 50cm likely.  The long range forecast is simply superb with moderate to heavy falls continuing until the 3rd of February at least.

Warm and Slushy

Urban sessions.

Urban sessions.

Base up top: 385 cm    Temp Top; -2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 240 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Kicking things off in Nozawa Onsen today with mild overcast conditions. Its still in the negatives at the summit so the skiing will be fair to good across the mountain, good on piste and fair off piste. Expect spring-like snow. There are a few celebrations in various lodges for Australia day. Lodge Nagano and Villa Nozawa have some great ice bars with the lodge crew even building a sweet mini terrain park. Anyone is welcome to come listen to some tunes in the triple j hottest 100 and join in on the fun.

Yesterday was very similar to today in regards to conditions with warm mostly cloudy weather. Still the skiing was quite nice on the groomed runs and shaded north facing gullies. Rain is expected later today and tomorrow. Lets hope it holds off as long as possible.

A very positive forecast is lining up for the next ten days. After todays bout of warm weather we then expect and extended period of cold and very snowy weather. The most sizeable dumps are predicted for Tuesday night and then again on Friday night into Saturday. So all in all a very good week ahead.

10/10

Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Picture this. Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -5 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 3 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

One of the best days of the season yesterday? The words were certainly tossed around quite a bit yesterday afternoon by frothing skiers and boarders descending from the hill. Id give it a top five finish personally. The weather, the views, the snow, the only downside was the weekend crowds that luckily spread out after the morning rush. Yes, the exposed slopes became sun affected during the afternoon but the shaded gullies held snow that was perfect for charging. The light air moving glittering ice particles about the upper trees added a remarkable, even magical feel to the mountain. Top stuff.

This morning we have had some misty cloud traverse over the local area. The forecast suggests a partly cloudy day so it remains to be seen whether the fog will stick around or clear later. With a southerly winds warming temperatures the snow will be slightly heavier today, but again, the shaded gullies will retain all the good stuff. Crowds may be a bit hectic earlier, top picks for the day, the mid station area for beginners with cruisy uncrowded slopes and Challenge area for advanced riders.

When we analyse the forecast its quite obvious that tomorrow will be touch and go. Rain is a distinct possibility but luckily a cold front is due on Tuesday around lunch returning snow and very cold temperatures to the region and enduring to Friday at least.

Snow snow and more snow

Stereotypical Japan.

Stereotypical Japan.

Base up top: 410 cm Temp Top; -8 Degrees
Base at bottom; 250 cm
New Snow since close: 20 cm
Weather; Mostly cloudy

 

Today is going to be epic. A clearing trend is well in effect, deep, deep powder and light winds. All the hallmarks are ticked. Hit up the tree skiing areas first up. Yamabiko and Challenge will both be good, once these areas are tracked the hot tip is to explore and enjoy!

Yesterday was so much better than expected. With all the rain that we had the previous 24 hours no one was really expecting much other than dust on crust conditions. Luckily we were all proved wrong. There was deep, dry windblown powder across most of the resort, especially in the gullies which became deeper during the day as heavy snowfalls persisted. A nice surprise.

Make the most of conditions today as we head into a bit of a warm spell over the next three days or so. Tuesday will mark an end to the adverse weather and snow with cold temperatures will return. In fact the second half of the week onwards is shaping up to be a run of very good snowfalls and cold temperatures.

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Base up top: 390 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Snow

While its raining down in the village it is snowing hard on the upper mountain with 20cm recorded since last lifts. So there will be some nice riding on the upper slopes, especially above 1200m where rain has not affected the snowpack. Time to get out there and enjoy!

According to the forecast temperatures will warm over the next few days with the freezing level rising to around 1500 meters. A strong front is then forecast for mid next week with heavy snowfalls expected.

Precipitation Day!

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

If you want to ski today then make sure you get up on the hill as early as possible as rain is in the forecast for all but the very upper slopes. Otherwise it could be a good day to take a rest, avoiding the inclement weather. Perhaps explore Nozawa’s winding streets and alleys, visiting the nearby snow monkeys or taking the onsen challenge. Can you do all thirteen free onsens in one day? For those still keen on hitting the hill it will be quite nice on the groomed runs with some quality wax on your base and a waterproof outer layer.

Yesterday started with the promise of sun but by mid morning the clouds moved back in obscuring beautiful long range views. No worries when there is powder around. Fresh tracks from top to bottom were found all day long and even though the snow became heavier it was still great fun for all involved. Those attacking the groomers were rewarded with nice smooth slopes that held good speed underfoot.

According to the forecast the freezing level should gradually decline today from 1500 meters this morning to 600 meters overnight, reaching zero by tomorrow afternoon. Moderate precipitation amounts are expected from now till tomorrow afternoon, heaviest overnight. A clearing trend is expected Friday night with Saturday a perfect bluebird. Variable conditions early next week and then a solid dump later next week.

Bluebird!!

A place in view thats very hard to get too.

A place in view thats very hard to get too.

Base up top: 400 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 265 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Clear

 

Its a beautiful day out there this morning with clear blue skies a backdrop for the elevated Japanese Alps. Make sure you bring your camera up today to capture the views before the clouds roll over this afternoon. There will be some nice skiing across the resort. With gradually warming temperatures its recommended to make any powder skiing efforts earlier on otherwise heavy snow will result. The groomed runs will really be the better of the two today.

Outstanding conditions persisted most of the day yesterday with fairly deep powder snow across the resort. Visibility was limited on the upper areas of the resort but the lower trees were sensational loaded with waist deep japow. Nice!

Looks like we have some snow on the way for tomorrow. It will fall about the peaks by lunchtime before lowering overnight. Around 20-30cm is predicted at this stage. Light falls will likely continue into Friday before clearing for the weekend. Further ahead, the next dump is predicted for mid next week.

Cracked 4m @Nozawa Onsen

Sake tasting in Nozawa Onsen.

Sake tasting in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 400 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 20 cm

Weather; Light snow

 

What crazy day it was yesterday! In the morning we had one patch of blue sky but come about 10am the clouds rolled in from the sea of Japan and dumped snow hard over the resort. With such an intense rate of accumulation during the afternoon it wasn’t long before tracks were covered, especially with increasing winds blowing snow. Last lifts at Yamabiko saw almost untracked conditions.

Today is a different story with light flurries across the area. Winds will become lighter during the day and as they shift to the south west we should expect the skies to gradually clear. Good skiing and boarding will be had today, expect the snow to be similar to Sunday with wind compacted powder, deeper in the higher areas but less wind affected in the lower areas. Oh, and as of this morning the 4m mark has been cracked for upper base depth. Good times.

With southerly winds expected tomorrow there should be mostly fine weather. Light snow should increase to moderate rates of accumulation on Thursday. We initially expected a strong system overnight Thursday but this has backed off to more moderate levels. On the weekend there may be partly cloudy weather.

Wind and Snow Today

First light on Kijimadaira.

First light on Kijimadaira.

Base up top: 370 cm    Temp Top; -6 Degrees

Base at bottom; 245 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

We expect some snowfalls in Nozawa Onsen today but as of 7am they were not as yet on the radar. This is often the case with predicted weather events; they are usually delayed by about 4-6 hours behind forecasted timings. Nevertheless, snow should fall down to about 500m today, possibly around 10-15cm will accumulate. There will be strong winds about the peaks so keep this in mind when dressing for the day, and extra layer certainly wouldn’t hurt. The snow base is pushing up towards the 4m mark, expect it to be cracked by the weeks end.

Yesterday continued on this seasons tradition of great days. The snow was dry but very wind compacted for this area making for a perfect landing off one of the thousands of wind features across the hill. Stability had also improved slightly. Traffic on the groomers was low and as a result they remained smooth and mostly free of moguls all day.

Snowfalls should ease tomorrow, becoming isolated throughout the day before clearing completely by Wednesday. Prefrontal warm temperatures are forecast in combination with sun and light wind at this stage. Further ahead, the next significant snowfalls are due Thursday into Friday. Expect quite a bit of snow out of this front, the exact amounts will become clearer closer to the date.