Base up top: 470 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees
Base at bottom; 295 cm
New Snow since close: 0 cm
What a morning it is here in Nozawa Onsen. Light winds, a clear upper atmosphere and cold temperatures. We have some low cloud in the valleys that makes for a nice cloud sea backdrop from the summit but these are expected to dissipate. -7C at the summit, the temperatures are colder than expected and this will ensure excellent snow quality, at least before it warms later in the day. No fresh snow to report overnight.
Yesterday the ample fresh snow saw very fun skiing and the groomed runs were superb in the morning before becoming choppy later in the day. The snow yesterday fell at higher temperatures than usual so while quality was very good in the morning, lower slopes became heavy during the afternoon, an effect of the heat of the day.
Today marks the beginning of a bit of a warm spell. Temperatures are forecast to rise quickly peaking at around 2400m tomorrow. Rain is looking likely for tomorrow afternoon and into Monday but this should return to snow early next week once the freezing level declines again.