Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Thursday 14th January 2016

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:37am on Thursday 14th January 2016
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Snow clouds, hello!
Base temp:
-2°C

Top temp:
-6°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
Light snow, due to get heavier
wind condition
Light
OK to limited
This report
Thursday 14th January 2016, 8:37am
0cm
Wednesday 13th January 2016, 8:02am 0cm
Tuesday 12th January 2016, 8:33am 1cm
Monday 11th January 2016, 8:00am 5cm
Sunday 10th January 2016, 8:15am 0cm
Saturday 9th January 2016, 8:34am 7cm
Friday 8th January 2016, 8:38am 5cm
Last 7 reports (total): 18cm
Last 14 reports (total): 36cm
Current month (January 2016) total: 36cm
2015/2016 season so far total: 139cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:37am on Thursday 14th January 2016
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Morning from Nozawa.

No new cm of snow to report after the lovely day we had yesterday (* lovely in terms of clear and sunny weather).

There's cloud around today and I am happy to report snow has started falling and fingers crossed should be for most of today and tomorrow. Might be less over the weekend but Monday and Tuesday are looking very promising on the forecast.

I can hear people every morning asking 'where's these famous dumps of snow I keep on hearing about in Nozawa'? Like the regular 30cm every day kind of snowfall?

Everyone is asking the same question.

One thing to be clear about is that this very lean first part to the season is not the norm and has everyone scratching their heads. Seasons have fairly often started a bit later than hoped for, but usually by the end of the year at the latest things are in full swing, and January often sees very decent snowfall. Just take a look through all of the archive reports from previous seasons to get an idea of how things usually go. You can find them at the bottom of the report page on the main site.

It doesn't feel right not having those heavy and sustained snowfalls. But possibly we might get some of that early next week?

For now, let's see how much we get today. I'll let you know tomorrow morning.

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Friday is the famous Dosojin Fire Festival in Nozawa which is probably the biggest date of the year for Nozawa. Events leading up to the main event on Friday have begun. If you are staying in Nozawa I'm sure your accommodation hosts will be more than happy to give you the details. Here's a bit of background:

Dosojin Fire Festival

This festival is one of the three most famous fire festivals in Japan. It is held on January 15th every year to pray for a plentiful harvest, health and good fortune in the coming year. The festival dates back to 1863 and though the location has changed, the festivities remain the same. During this festival the twenty-five and forty-two year old men from the village play a very important role. An old belief in Japan dictates that, for men, these years are unlucky ages. The twenty-five and the forty-two year old men in their unlucky ages construct the shaden (shrine) from beech wood that reaches a height of 18 meters. Every year it takes 100 villagers to build the shrine. The trees are cut down in October and brought down from the mountain, through the village, on January 13th. After the shaden has been constructed, the priest from Kosuge shrine performs a ceremony to endow it with a God. Along with the shaden there are an average of five tôrô (dedicatory lantern poles) erected every year. These poles are made by a family in the village to celebrate the birth of the first son. The tôrô are offered to the Gods in a prayer for health and good fortune. The festivities begin with the lighting of the fire by the twenty-five and forty-two year old men. A small group of men carry a torch, which is lit by striking two stones together, from the Kôno residence to the festival grounds. The torch is used to start a bonfire from which the handmade torches, used to attack the shrine, are lit. The festival centers around the shaden, where the forty-two year olds sit on top and the twenty-five year olds stand guard at the base. Those who are 41 and 43 years old stand around the perimeter to protect the spectators. Torch bearing villagers of all ages attempt to break through the guards and light the shaden on fire. A dangerous and lively battle ensues. The defenders try to put out the fire by striking it with pine branches. The attack lasts for about one hour, after which the 42 year olds call an end to the ceremony and the shaden together with the tôrô are set on fire in an offering to the Gods. The entire festival can take up to four hours from the beginning to the end, but the main attraction is the battle between the guards and the torch bearing villagers.

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Official info at time of writing on Thursday 14th January 2016 (subject to change):

Official snow depths:

Yamabiko: 100cm
Uenotaira: 90cm
Hikage: 20cm
Nagasaka: 10cm
Karasawa: 5cm

New snowfall as reported by the resort since yesterday:

Yamabiko: 0cm
Uenotaira: 0cm
Hikage: 0cm
Nagasaka: 0cm
Karasawa: 0cm

All lifts now planned to be operating except:

- Yunomine pair
- Mizunashi triple
- Challenge pair
- Utopia pair
- Kandahar pair
- Hikage Number 2 pair B
- Karasawa pair

The following courses are not currently open:

- Skyline
- Paradise connection
- Schneider
- Utopia 2
- Challenge 39
- Hikage no kabe
- Kurokura
- Grand Prix
- Jumping
- Hachiman
- Mukoubayashi
- Kandahar West
- Kandahar East
- Kamoshika
- Tanuki
- Usagi
- Karasawa
- Nagasaka connection

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Archive report: Posted at 8:37am on Thursday 14th January 2016
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open but not all courses open yet due to the snow situation

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Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Nozawa Onsen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th January 2016
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Nozawa Onsen Now reports up until Thursday 14th January 2016
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Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the Nozawa Onsen Now reports during same period over the last three seasons
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  2015/2016
*as of Thursday 14th January 2016
2014/2015
Season
2013/2014
Season
14th January 0cm 0cm 10cm
13th January 0cm 15cm 25cm
12th January 1cm 30cm 2cm
11th January 5cm 5cm 10cm
10th January 0cm 5cm 45cm
9th January 7cm 0cm 0cm
8th January 5cm 20cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 18cm 75cm 92cm
Previous 14 days total 36cm 200cm 137cm
November observed snowfall total 3cm 0cm 15cm
December observed snowfall total 100cm 437cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 36cm 314cm 259cm
February observed snowfall total - 215cm 168cm
March observed snowfall total - 78cm 178cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 139cm 1044cm 720cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Thursday 14th January 2016
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2017/2018 season - - - - - - - -
2016/2017 season - - - - - - - -
2015/2016 season - 3cm
[3cm]
100cm
[103cm]
36cm
[139cm]
- - - -
2014/2015 season 0cm
[0cm]
0cm
[0cm]
437cm
[437cm]
314cm
[751cm]
215cm
[966cm]
78cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
0cm
[1044cm]
2013/2014 season 0cm
[0cm]
15cm
[15cm]
100cm
[115cm]
259cm
[374cm]
168cm
[542cm]
178cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
0cm
[720cm]
2012/2013 season 0cm
[0cm]
3cm
[3cm]
213cm
[216cm]
311cm
[527cm]
253cm
[780cm]
29cm
[809cm]
15cm
[824cm]
0cm
[824cm]
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