Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now (Archive Report)

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Nozawa Onsen (Nagano), Japan
ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy
Base temp:
-3°C

Top temp:
-5°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None, but snow due soon
wind condition
Southerly, due to switch
visibility condition
Varied, limited lower due to early morning low cloud
This report
Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 8:20am
9cm
Monday 22nd January 2018, 8:05am 3cm
Sunday 21st January 2018, 8:44am 0cm
Saturday 20th January 2018, 8:30am 0cm
Friday 19th January 2018, 8:17am 0cm
Thursday 18th January 2018, 8:24am 0cm
Wednesday 17th January 2018, 7:30am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 12cm
Last 14 reports (total): 54cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 152cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 390cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Morning all.

Did you see the images from the Kanto area last night with all that snow falling in Tokyo? It's amazing how just 5-10cm or so can cause so many problems. Or is it amazing how we can cope with such a lot of snow when it arrives. Of course, for us here in Nozawa 10cm is on the lower end of a decent delivery of snowfall and we can cope with metres in a week.

Talking of which...

We also have 9cm here since yesterday but this morning curiously started with generally fine weather. Some low cloud and fog covering lower base areas still, but there was a bit of sun up top earlier - though it is already clouding over. And we do have that snow set to start again soon.

And most importantly the forecast still shows heavy snowfall over the next few days with snow clouds remaining over Nozawa through the weekend.

A nice consistent 30-40cm of light dry fluffy flakes each day please.

I'll update you again tomorrow.

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Some more comments, observations and questions answered

This rather long message is being posted on all the daily ‘Now’ report pages on SnowJapan today, so it does not apply to any one report section. Long-time readers may well remember a similar message posted last season. This is a modified and updated re-write of that message.

As we head into what looks set to be a very exciting and snowy week in Japan, we wanted to share some comments and respond to some more frequently asked questions regarding the daily reports on SnowJapan.

Many people rely on our reporting to find out how the Japan winter season is shaping up. We take that responsibility very seriously and the integrity of our reports is extremely important to us.

The individuals who post the reports are told that it is fine to get very excited when conditions are excellent and there’s lots of snow falling. And hopefully you’ll see that in action this week!

But at the same time, we believe that it is essential to also report things that are less exciting; like crusty spring-like snow conditions in mid-January or nasty rain.

That kind of reporting is not ‘being negative’ - it’s simply reporting what is happening. Whatever is happening, that is what should be in the reports. Even if none of us particularly like it.

Forgive us for saying it again, but it’s important: one of the things that makes SnowJapan unique is the fact that we are not here to convince you to visit any one region of Japan. We’re not here to ask you to book accommodation, or to join tours, or to take ski lessons. We’re not asking you to buy anything. Rather, we are here to provide independent and correct information from around Japan – information that is free from the inevitable pressures of having to sell and market specific services.

Some people would seemingly prefer everyone believe that snow conditions are always close to what the marketing blurb says, whatever the actual reality is. By ignoring things when they are less than perfect or publishing information that is misleading, at best.

There was one good example yesterday. We were really disappointed to see a popular ski resort classifying their base area snow conditions as “powder” – after a week of almost no fresh snowfall, some rain and generally mild conditions. While it is absolutely true that different people have different standards and levels of expectation, no-one could reasonably describe those conditions as “powder”. We’re not going to get into naming names, but we think that’s a pretty bad thing to do.

We feel that (surely!) anyone visiting a ski resort would prefer to have honest reporting over something that just reads like a marketing brochure.

So, we just want to take this opportunity once again to assure our readers that even with ever increasing pressures to do otherwise, we won’t be changing the thinking behind our reports.

Each of our regional reports is written by a different person. So, it is natural that each has its own personality or character. Some of the reports are longer than others. Some of the reports are shorter than others. Some of the reports are more light-hearted in nature. Some of them cover one ski resort - like Madarao, Naeba, Furano. Some of them cover a much wider region - like Niseko, Hakuba and Yuzawa.

Posting a daily report every day through the season is a considerable commitment. Reports may sometimes appear later than usual, or a report might be missed, or might be shorter than usual, etc… We are not claiming that our reports are perfect and know that we will never satisfy everyone with our output, but we do try to provide the best reports possible.

** More on that kind of thing here.

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While we are at it, here are a few other quick points that we made in our season end message last year.

About the SnowJapan ‘observed fresh snowfall’ data

The ‘observed fresh snowfall’ that we publish on each of our reports is the amount of snowfall that our reporters see with their own eyes and measure every day. It is taken from base area levels.

Why base areas? The reason for that is because it is the only place where a reliable measurement can be taken on a consistent basis every day throughout the season.

Does more snow fall at higher elevations on mountain than at base? In most cases - absolutely. And in some regions/resorts, much more so than others.

Within the text of our reports we try to report any fresh snowfall data that the ski resorts themselves are reporting from the mountain each morning - another reason why we want to wait for that information in a morning.

But it would be impossible for us to report from ‘higher up’ every day. Issues include the ability to get up top every morning (lifts might be closed); where exactly to take measurements from; how we would go about measuring ‘fresh snowfall’ over the period of 24 hours at a location. Remember, we’re not a ski resort.

So, the only place that we can reliably and consistently report from each morning is base.

”You under-report snow!” or ”You over-report snow!”

No, we really don’t. Our reporters report what they see with their own eyes and measure themselves. Yes, there will be more (or less) snow falling in areas nearby. Nature doesn’t evenly distribute snowfall. Someone visiting the same ski resort may well experience something slightly different. And actually, both may well be correct. Microclimates and the like. That’s nature for you.

Our measurements are coming to you from the same spot every day - generally very close to ski resort base lifts - and they are being reported by the same trusted individual who is not inclined to exaggerate.

Note: If you do feel something in our reports is wildly off the mark, please do let us know and we will certainly look into it.

“Why don’t you report more about actual quality of the snow?”

Different people have greatly different expectations and different points of reference when it comes to snow conditions so unless things are indisputably excellent or indisputably rubbish, we feel it’s probably best to avoid going into that kind of detail every day.

“Why is there more snow being reported on the ‘A Now’ report than ‘B Now’ report?”

That will be because more snow is being observed at base in ‘A’ than in ‘B’. It’s as simple as that.

Snowfall at higher elevations may well be a different matter - so please read the reports for such details...

We recommend you don’t spent much time comparing the snowfall numbers between regions

We totally understand the temptation to directly compare the snowfall numbers for the different areas, but we recommend that you don’t.

If you must though, at least be sure to look beyond just the headline numbers. Some regions simply get less snow at base than other regions - but base snowfall is far from being the full story.

If you are contemplating visiting one of the regions covered by our reports, we highly recommend that you spend time looking beyond just the headlines and read the full reports - including our archive reporting from previous seasons. Only that way will you get a true and detailed picture of what is happening and get an idea of how the snow falls in each of the regions and what to expect on-mountain.

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This week looks like it is going to be a big week of snow in many regions. That’s what we all want. So here’s to some fresh deep conditions over the coming days, weeks and months. Thank you for reading!

If you want to contact us, you can do so here.


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Tuesday 23rd January 2018

Fresh snowfall since yesterday (as reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 10cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 8cm
- Hikage (660m): 10cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 11cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 250cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 200cm
- Hikage (660m): 140cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 135cm
- Karasawa (563m): 100cm

Lifts operations:

- All scheduled lifts should be operating as normal
- The Yunomine pair, Mizunashi triple, Challenge pair and Utopia pair lifts usually rested on weekdays

The following courses either closed (or not fully available):

- Challenge 39
- Grand Prix
- Kandahar

Archive report: Posted at 8:20am on Tuesday 23rd January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open and ready and willing to accept huge amounts of fresh snowfall!

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Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Recent Nozawa Onsen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded in the 21 Nozawa Onsen Now reports up until Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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)
  2017/2018
*as of Tuesday 23rd January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
23rd January 9cm 28cm 3cm
22nd January 3cm 3cm 2cm
21st January 0cm 9cm 18cm
20th January 0cm 0cm 9cm
19th January 0cm 1cm 3cm
18th January 0cm 13cm 3cm
17th January 0cm 32cm 4cm
Previous 7 days total 12cm 86cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 54cm 258cm 50cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 152cm 366cm 132cm
February observed snowfall total - 196cm 162cm
March observed snowfall total - 97cm 75cm
April observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm -
Season observed snowfall total 390cm 822cm 472cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Tuesday 23rd January 2018
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 - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
152cm
[390cm]
- - - -
2016/2017 season - 2cm
[2cm]
161cm
[163cm]
366cm
[529cm]
196cm
[725cm]
97cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
0cm
[822cm]
2015/2016 season - 3cm
[3cm]
100cm
[103cm]
132cm
[235cm]
162cm
[397cm]
75cm
[472cm]
0cm
[472cm]
-
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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