Look all around nothing but Blue Skies

Great time of year to expolre surrounding peaks from Nozawa. The snow is fun and the views spectacular..

Great time of year to explore surrounding peaks from Nozawa. The snow is fun and the views spectacular..

Base up top: 280 cm

Temp Top; 3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 190 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny

More glorious sunshine on the menu again today in Nozawa. Has been some beautiful days and fun spring conditions.

Still 280cm base and top to bottom skiing along the home trail so can still enjoy a 10km run home!

Perfect for the families here enjoying the warmer days and fun conditions. The park rats also have been enjoying the park to themselves.

If you are feeling adventurous then there are some amazing hikes around Nozawa and neighbouring mountains to be explored.

More sunny days and light winds ahead so slap on the sunscreen and get out there…

 

 

Great time of year for a Ski Tour near Nozawa Onsen

The hike up on our Ski Tour to Mt Hiuchi. The views and a warm hut the rewards

The hike up on our Ski Tour to Mt Hiuchi. The views and a warm hut the rewards

Base up top: 300 cm

Temp Top; 3 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sunny

Have had a couple of nice days in Nozawa with plenty of sunshine and fun conditions. As we do most years we went for a ski tour for a few days. This time to Mt Hiuchi just behind Mt Myoko. We look at this mountain range most days from Nozawa but now after climbing it we will look at it in a different way.

Was an amazing tour and will post a few shots. The weather was perfect, still lots of snow and the scenery second to none.

In  Nozawa temps are set to drop a but today and we may see some light snow fall up high. Then lots more glorious sunshine for the rest of the week. Have to love spring…

Ski Tour at Peak

All down hill from here. Just opposite Mt Myoko looking across to Hakuba Valley. Spectacular!

All the gang at the Hut enjoying the scenery before heading off for the day

All the gang at the Hut enjoying the scenery before heading off for the day

No April Fools in Nozawa with 30cm overnight

Blessed with more than we expected this morning. Travel plans on hold in Nozawa and the planks are strapped on again..

Blessed with more than we expected this morning. Travel plans on hold in Nozawa and the planks are strapped on again..

Base up top: 310 cm

Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

Base at bottom; 110 cm

New Snow since close: 30 cm

Weather; Snowing!

Just like that and boom we have a “ Magic Foot “ on April the 5th! The official figures have not dropped as yet but with about 20cm in town I figure there should be a bit more up top.

One of the guests asked me last night if their kids were going to see snow fall in the Village before they leave today. Sure enough it started lightly just before we went to bed last night and then this morning we have a solid blanket covering the whole town.

Being the weekend there should be a few more lifts open too and not much motion around town so don’t think there will be a lot of competition for tracks.

It should snow a bit over the weekend with low temps then back to sunshine on Monday.

Anyway get out of bed and get up there and enjoy.

 

Has been a while since we saw snow on the sign. Welcome back to Nozawa Onsen

Has been a while since we saw snow on the sign. Welcome back to Nozawa Onsen

 

March wrap up in Nozawa Onsen

People often ask me how are the snow conditions in Nozawa Onsen in March.

This little clip put together by Andy and Tim who stayed with us in March will give you an idea!

March was better than February this year for over all powder days. The peak base for the season was also reached in March.

It is funny as many people switch of in March thinking there is not much snow so the slopes are also pretty empty.

For me after 22 seasons in Nozawa it is my favourite month of the season

Hope to see you here in March next year…

 

Ski School Nozawa Onsen

Spring is a great time for the kids to learn the life long art of skiing! Kai and friends laying down some turns

Spring is a great time for the kids to learn the life long art of skiing! Kai and friends laying down some turns

Base up top: 290 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 210cm

Base at bottom; 110 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast

 

Bit of a bleak morning in Nozawa with light rain falling in the Village. The forecast is promising snow for the top but the cameras are not showing any yet. Temps are set to drop rapidly this afternoon so hopefully some snow for the upper slopes.

Yesterday was a warm spring day probably not the best for the powder hounds but for the kids the sunshine and slower snow was perfect for learning and turning! Here is a link to lessons in Nozawa  http://www.nozawaholidays.com/lesson-registration/

Lots of photos of Cherry blossoms filtering thru from Tokyo and Osaka and “Hanami” is in full swing in the lower lying towns now. Another reason to visit Japan at this time of year.

 

Beautiful Spring Day in Nozawa

Last dump of teh season in Nozawa?

Last dump of the season in Nozawa?

 Base up top: 305 cm

Temp Top; 2 Degrees

Base at Uenotaira 225cm

Base at bottom; 120 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Sun Shiny Day no wind

Perfect clear blue skies in Nozawa this morning after what was a fairly chilly night.

We had a BBQ yesterday afternoon and it was a bit cool hanging on to a beer! Today may have been a better day as the mercury looks like will hit about 15 degrees in the village today.

Mornings seem to be the best conditions at the moment but I don’t mind the slush in the afternoons either. That last little dump made for a nice few days up top and the views were spectacular

The forecast is unfortunately for some rain tomorrow night and into Thursday with temps dropping Friday and a chance of snow up top then some sunshine into next week. Anyway time to don the T Shirt and embrace your inner Spring…

 

Tale of Two Mountains

Clouds lifting to reveal sun and snow in Nozawa

Clouds lifting to reveal sun and snow in Nozawa

The tale of two mountains

Base up top: 305 cm
Temp Top; -3 Degrees
Base at Uenotaira 230cm
Base at bottom; 120 cm
New Snow since close: 8 cm
Weather; Cloud Clearing to Sunshine

Waking up to sunshine and 8cm of fresh snow up top today! Pretty nice after a day of heavy rain yesterday in Nozawa. Looking beautiful up top with the white trees and blue skies being revealed.

Today is the official start of the spring ski season in Nozawa.
This means;
• Lift pass price drops to 3500 Yen a day for Adults
1500 Yen a day for Kids
• The snow is still good especially up the top with this fresh snow
• There is less lifts in operation but can still ski most of the mountain
• Shuttle bus has stopped running
• There is no one here so is like a private resort

Most of the bottom lifts are now closed some will reopen for the weekends
Lifts running today are;
The Nagasaka Gondola
Both Yamabiko 4 lifts
Yu Road
Hikage Triple which joins you back to Nagasaka

BBQ this afternoon at Villa Nozawa for anyone wanting to enjoy some sunshine please drop in

 

Rain today, snow later

Jerry enjoying some spring riding in the park.

Jerry enjoying some spring riding in the park.


Base up top: 310 cm Temp Top; +5 Degrees
Base at bottom; 125 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather; Overcast, showers

Unfortunately we have had some moderate rain showers this morning which has resulted in a minor loss of coverage on the lower parts of the mountain. The rain has stopped for the time being but is expected to increase later in the afternoon. Strong winds have forced the closure of the Nagasaka gondola however the Hikage gondola is operational. If your heading up today make sure you bring highly waterproof gear. The snow will be fast at least with the pick being mid mountain groomed runs. We expect heavy snow from mid mountain up later tonight.

Yesterday was awesome. It was the warmest day of the year so far, pushing up to around 18C in the shade at village level. The perfect sunny day meant that many took to skiing and boarding in nothing more than a t-shirt and boardies. It was really fun for all those involved and many beach themed parties sprung up across the mountain. Even the snow wasn’t too sticky, perfect spring slush.

Looks like we will continue to have some spring temperatures into the foreseeable future with the freezing level dipping tonight but only to 1000m. Snow is expected from that level up. Conditions will clear later on Monday and Tuesday should be fine. From then onwards the forecast has been highly variable so any prediction is uncertain. But we do expect a weather event of some kind.

Three cheers for slush

Sushi train locals Lucas, Tia, Jules and Jerry putting on an impressive performance. Jules took the number one spot with 23 plates.

Sushi train locals Lucas, Tia, Jules and Jerry putting on an impressive performance. Jules took the number one spot with 23 plates.


Base up top: 320 cm Temp Top; +5 Degrees
Base at bottom; 130 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather; Clear

The long run of spring days has continued today. Partly cloudy freeze thaw conditions are expected today with the groomed runs being firm, softening throughout the day. Off piste areas will produce some excellent spring corn snow. For this time of year the base is holding up really well. Compared to the same time last year we have about a half meter greater snow depth now. This means that an extended period of great spring skiing is expected right to the close of lifts in early May.

Likewise yesterday had some outstanding spring skiing on offer. The groomed runs were soft, slushy and fast. The off piste areas were excellent of the upper mountain, becoming stickier in the lower elevation areas. A strong spring sun shone all day will only a few high level cirrus clouds about. Long range views were obscured by a light haze blown in on the south winds.

Looks like we have some incoming weather in the next few days. A very warm peak tomorrow with likely rain before a colder front moves over overnight into Monday. Heavy snow is expected but only above about 1200m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday next week should be clear. Another weather event is predicted for late next week.

A banging spring day

Lucas drops one of the biggest cornices on the mountain.

Lucas drops one of the biggest cornices on the mountain.


Base up top: 325 cm Temp Top; 0 Degrees
Base at bottom; 135 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
Weather; Clear

We have another spring stereotype day here in Nozawa Onsen. Clear and warm with a solid base depth of over three meters. Again, as expected at this time of year the best skiing will be on the upper half of the mountain. With the recent liquid pow the off piste areas are starting to come good again; most areas are holding excellent spring corn snow. Groomed runs will also be nice and the park or pipe will be good in the spring sunshine.

Yesterday saw thick pea soup fog envelop the entire top half of the mountain right up until late afternoon. The visibility up top was so poor that the patrol was forced to close Yamabiko. Nevertheless there was some good skiing and boarding below the cloud line. Recent rain had washed away the persistent sticky layer and so the snow was nice and fast.

The forecast. Today should be clear for the remainder before the cloud rolls in overnight and we should expect a partly cloudy today tomorrow. On Sunday we should expect an influx of pre frontal tropical moisture, turning to snow about the peaks overnight into Monday. Early next week will be mostly fine.