Things happening in Nozawa in preparation for the season ahead.
Another big project the resort has been working on is stabilizing the Mukobayashi slope just next to the Ski Jump. Anyone that is a regular will know we often get a Glide Crack on the steep face of that slope just near the jump. So the resort closes it off as is unsafe. It is often a full depth crack in the snowpack, which may be caused by moisture at ground level.
The rest of the slope is fine and a terrific run that does not get too busy and can have some amazing powder on its day. I sometimes leave the office at 11am and can still manage to get fresh lines on that face as many people race up to the top.
In the old days we had a single orange chair that ran up the tree line and was a great little experience as you jumped on your square seat the size of a Pizza box and took off up the hill.
Anyway the guys are working away trying to stabilize it but have also admitted there is no guarantee that it will have the desired affect will have to see what mother nature thinks when she starts to deliver the fresh stuff. Hopefully it is not far away….
Slopes and things happening in Nozawa
Nozawa Onsen has a great range of slopes to suit all levels. This one Mukobayashi is for the more advanced rider. But the slope above that links the Karasawa slopes over to the Main Nagasaka Gondola is a beginner run and a beautiful way to start the day as get awesome views of the village from above.
Check out more info on the slopes in Nozawa here; Runs and Courses in Nozawa