Otsukaresamadeshita. Guess we better do a wrap up for the season that was in Nozawa.

This shot was taken in December 14th 2014. We had to dig our way out of the house! The bumps on the right are cars!

This shot was taken in December 14th 2014. We had to dig our way out of the house! The bumps on the right are cars!

The Ski lifts at Nozawa Onsen Officially closed on May the 6th with the end of the Golden Week Holiday. They are still running but only to take up racers doing some spring training.

We had a 135cm base on the last day so still some fun spring skiing to be had if you strap on some skins and enjoy your back country touring.

Has been another amazing season in Nozawa with yet again a crazy amount of snow. Reaching a peak of 470cm Base up top around mid February.

We started with a bang in mid December when we got around 300cm of snow in just 4 days! It was ridiculous; I don’t ever remember that much snow so early and my 75-year-old neighbor agreed with me. We had more snow fall in December than January, which does not happen very often!

That pretty much set the tone for the season and we were working hard on the shovels and scraping for the powder planks most of the season. Had more Europeans stay with us this year and they also could not believe how much snow we get. At a few stages through out the season Nozawa was rated as one of the snowiest resorts on the planet!

March was a bit less snow than we normally get but we still ended the month with some great dumps and some very empty slopes.

All in all it was a busy season for overseas guests but everyone was pretty well behaved and enjoyed them selves and we hope it stays that way. Things are already starting to fill for the busy times so if you have not booked yet and are keen to come back suggest you get in quick.

A huge arigatou and thank you from everyone in Nozawa to all of you who visited us this season we really appreciate you coming and hope to see you back again for many years to come.

A big thank you to all the staff of the resort, restaurant’s and locals who worked very hard to make everyone’s stay a memorable one. A special thanks to our great team at Nozawa Holidays for a terrific season. Also to Shaun for once again some amazing photos on these daily reports. We hope you have all enjoyed them.

The Green season is taking a hold on Nozawa now and the farmers are busy planting all the crops. Nozawa is also an amazing village to explore in the warmer months so hope to see you up here. Especially with the new Bullet train now open to Nozawa you can be in the mountains in just over 2 hours from Tokyo!

Mountain Biking, Hiking, Rafting, Farming, lots of fresh produce and the amazing Onsens await.

We will keep you posted on what is going on in Nozawa on our Facebook page so stay tuned and the next ski season will be with us again before we know it.

Until then thanks again for joining us stay safe and “ Stay Classy” Arigatou gozaimashita

 

March 26th 2015 was one of the last big dumps of the season and was as good as any day of the peak season

March 26th 2015 was one of the last big dumps of the season and was as good as any day of the peak season

Need to bring your A game to Kindy in Nozawa. The swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year!

Need to bring your A game to Kindy in Nozawa. The swings are under 3 meters of snow for a few months every year!

Last day of April a beauty in Nozawa

Kai enjoys his last run down the Forest trail as it closes for the season

Kai enjoys his last run down the Forest trail as it closes for the season

Base up top: 175 cm

Temp Top; 10 Degrees get the T Shirt on!

Base at Uenotaira : 80 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny skies

End of another great month of Spring skiing in Nozawa. April is a great month in the mountains for me as the Village morphs back into a sleepy farming town, and we still have beautiful spring skiing on the slopes and surrounding mountains.

Very quiet in town and can get into all my favourite restaurants again! Another beautiful clear day here today and perfect to enjoy a beer out the front of Buna and take in the views.

The bottom slopes are starting to turn to green and the farmers are out in the sun getting ready to plant. The Forest trail is now officially closed for the season so skiing is reserved to the upper slopes but can ski all the way down to Paradise and that chair is running until the end.

My son for one will miss his long runs down the home trail this season taking in the vistas and quiet forest trail while trying to beat me to the bottom!

 

Golden Week Special Deal in Nozawa Onsen

 

Some sunny days ahead fro the Golden Week holiday in Nozawa Onsen

Some sunny days ahead fro the Golden Week holiday in Nozawa Onsen

The Golden Week set of holidays in Japan kicks off tomorrow 29th of April with Showa day the Celebration for the former Emperor.

It is a week long holiday for many and also the last week of the ski season in Nozawa Onsen

To celebrate we are running a great deal to stay and ski at Villa Nozawa.

Can check out some reviews here

http://www.tripadvisor.com.my/Hotel_Review-g1120620-d1151494-Reviews-Alpine_Villa_Nozawa-Nozawaonsen_mura_Shimotakai_gun_Nagano_Prefecture_Chubu.html

Golden Week Spring Ski Special

3 Nights Stay

Healthy Breakfast Daily

2 Days Lift Pass

Use of all the Village Run Hotsprings

Just 22,500 Yen per person (Based on Twin Share)

Can do more or less days to so just drop us a mail here https://www.nozawaholidays.com/bookings/

Looks like some great weather ahead with lots of sunshine and some fun spring skiing.

http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Nozawa-Onsen/6day/top

The cherry blossoms are out in town, the great restaurants and the Onsens await!

Look forward to enjoying the end of the season with you in Nozawa…

Villa Nozawa Lounge room a great place to gather at the end of the day for a beer and a chat

Villa Nozawa Lounge room a great place to gather at the end of the day for a beer and a chat

 

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!
Nozawa Holidays is doing up to 20% off on some accommodation
Villa Nozawa will be open and the gang looks forward to seeing you
Just drop us a mail and check it out here https://www.nozawaholidays.com/properties/villa-nozawa/

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