Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 7th May 2017
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Thursday 2nd April 2009, 8:19am
A beautiful snowy morning today in Nozawa today! At least 20cm of fresh snow fell on the the mountain last night and after the good steady snow fall yesterday afternoon it is set to be an epic April day on the hill. The base depths are 250cm at Yamabiko and 180cm at Uenotaira. The wind is a 25km/h North-Westerley and it is currently -6c at the summit. It is still snowing lightly and visibility is ranging from fair to poor as the weather passes across the mountain.
The forecast is for light snow to continue to fall for the rest of the day but the weather will clear somewhat tomorrow and temperatures will be warmer.
The Nagasaka gondola and the Quad lifts at Yamabiko and Uenotaira are open today. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2009, 9:22am
More snow again last night accompanied by strong winds. The resorts that are still open in the area have benefited from a decent fall of new snow with about 10cms falling at village level.
It is overcast now with occasional strong winds causing a few problems with lift operations.
Current resort open/closed status:
Tenjindaira - OPEN Houdaigi - OPEN Minakami Fujiwara - CLOSED Minakami Kogen - OPEN Okutone Snow Park - CLOSED Norn - CLOSED White Valley - CLOSED Oana - CLOSED Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2009, 9:26am
The weather alternated between rain and sleet all afternoon yesterday, accompanied by fog, before finally turning into the forecast snow at evening. Around 20 to 30 cm fell overnight and snow is still coming down at the moment. At this point it doesn't look like the sun will be coming out today and some lifts are stopped now due to high winds, but at least the pistes are powdery.
Area roads were sloppy from sleet below the mountain and slippery from packed snow in the resort area.
Higher temperatures are still forecast for the weekend, with sunshine tomorrow followed by cloudy weather on Saturday and Sunday, so perhaps the powder will last through the final weekend. Enjoy!
Akakan plans to stay open until May 6, depending on snow conditions.
We will be making occasional updates to this page for this last month or so of the season.
More snow has fallen in Yuzawa. Maybe up to 5cm or so in the town on average (that's how much was on top of my car this morning) and higher up Naeba are reporting 15-30cm and Kagura are reporting 30cm. Sounds good to me!
While it is a fairly bright morning there is light snow falling now and the mountains are not visible. It is fairly mild though and currently 2 degrees.
Strong winds higher up mean that Tashiro is closed today and limited operations at Mitsumata and also Naeba. GALA Yuzawa seems unaffected as it is open as planned this morning.
Things should clear up as the day progresses and then tomorrow looks like it is going to be another of those fine and sunny days with temperatures probably approaching double digits.
Nighta tonight is open at the following resort in Yuzawa: Naeba
Couldn't really ask for much better weather than we've had over the last couple of days and today looks like another cracker. Temps have remained fairly cool getting only a little above freezing at the base of the mountain with hardly a cloud and crystal clear air. Snow quality on the upper mountain has remained in good condition and down lower it's been going through freeze/thaw cycle, so hard in the morning and slushy by the afternoon. The resort is not quite a ghost town but compared to mid winter it is very, very quiet.
Most seasonal staff have now gone and with many companies downsizing, especially the construction companies, it looks like it's going to be a very quiet couple of months till the summer tourists begin arriving.
The weather is expected to stay mostly fine through much of the outlook with the possibility of a few snow showers Sunday night into Monday but nothing substantial.
From now I'm probably not going to be posting a report every day. I'm looking to get a few reports up per week for the remainder of the season.
It feels like winter once again. The temperatures are back down low (currently -6 in Maruike and similar in other parts) and it is snowing. I'd say there was about 15cm of snow to clear from the front of my house this morning - another very welcome fresh layer of snow to go out and enjoy. There is a moderate wind up high but it doesn't seem to be affecting resorts too much at the moment - need to keep an eye on that though.
After a season of less snow than usual, this last part has really been a pleasant surprise and there is plenty of fun still to be had here. The snowfall of late also means that resorts that plan to be open until at least Golden Week will most likely be able to.
Some high cloud remaining and patches of blue sky with 5 cms in the valley already dripping off the roof at 8:00 this morning and the skifields reporting 10cm of fresh snow; not enough to get too excited about but enough to help keep conditions on the top runs in good shape.
Weather stations are showing strong Northerlies blowing so it may be cold up there in the wind; we have heard nothing regarding lift closures though.
Nice groomed conditions (in some resorts) with a bit of powder on the slides to slash up.
So yesterday it started raining and then it turned to snow. Some of the biggest flakes we've seen this season - half the size of my hand - and my hands aren't exactly small!
The wind howled around the buildings in the night and temperatures must have dropped somewhat as I actually woke up cold.
The big hill cant be seen either as the snow continues to fall and gusts continue to bash the town.
Limited operations at Naeba and Kagura (with Tashiro closed and only part of Mitsumata open) due to the wind. Read more ...
Thursday 2nd April 2009, 11:18am
Sunny and clear.
Nothing but blue blue skies this morning! Crisp and clear, with temperatures hovering around freezing all morning.
A great day to get out there and enjoy the very late thaw. Still no significant melt with 100 cm of snow accumulation reported at the base of the Furano zone. Top runs are starting to lose some of their hardness, however.
Think snow, think powder, think more bluebird days! Read more ...