After 20 Seasons in Nozawa Onsen we get a fairly good idea of what to expect from month to month.
Mother Nature is of course very unpredictable so things often vary from year to year but hope this will help to give you a bit of an idea of what you may expect and help you to plan your snow holiday.
December in Nozawa Onsen
The Nozawa Onsen ski resort will open the lifts in November if there is early snow and this happens sometimes and more often in early December.
As a general rule however usually from December 10th onwards is pretty safe that you will get some snow to play in, ride a sled and usually a ski.
If not, a nice time to enjoy the cool Mountain air, grab an onsen and a big bowl of noodles.
By December 20th and leading into Christmas, we have had a few good dumps, most lifts are running and everyone enjoys a White Christmas and New Year.
January in Nozawa Onsen
The last few years around the middle of January we have had over 100cm in a night and often 50cm dumps.
The base builds up quick and by the end of January there is normally over 300cm base at Yamabiko.
January is also the busiest month on the slopes as there are holidays and everyone has the winter vibe.
February in Nozawa Onsen
It is generally quieter on the slopes and more of the hardcore skiers and boarders revel in the conditions.
We can occasionally get a warm patch too and see some sunshine for a few days before winter takes over again
March in Nozawa Onsen
All that and almost no one to share it with!
For some reason people seem to think that in March Winter is over but it is definitely not in Nozawa . So it is a time to switch on and get up here, we also do some amazing specials for March and April
April in Nozawa Onsen
But there is a 1000m vertical difference in Nozawa Onsen between the top and bottom, so up top when you get off the Gondola can be a perfect Winter Wonderland and it is like a private resort for you and your friends on the slopes.
Towards the end can be some nice warm days too and can ski in a T Shirt, an awesome feeling. Great for the kids and Easter and Spring Holidays.
May in Nozawa Onsen
The Nozawa Onsen Ski Resort will usually stay open until around May 10th and celebrate the long Golden Week Holiday in style. There is a great vibe in town and life is easy as there is generally no snow in the Village and can Mountain bike and Onsen to your hearts content.
Up top it is spring conditions usually slushy and fun. I have seen it snow in May too. We do super cheap deals in Spring so just ask, up to 40% off and lift tickets are discounted too.
After May 10th everyone breathes easy and the Farmers take to the slopes and then begins the warm summer and long wait until the first snow falls again