Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Sunday 7th May 2017

Nozawa Onsen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 9:11am on Sunday 7th May 2017
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Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
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A fine day to end the season
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Light to moderate NW
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This report
Sunday 7th May 2017, 9:11am
Saturday 6th May 2017, 9:07am 0cm
Friday 5th May 2017, 8:45am 0cm
Thursday 4th May 2017, 8:33am 0cm
Wednesday 3rd May 2017, 8:22am 0cm
Tuesday 2nd May 2017, 7:58am 0cm
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Last 7 reports (total): 0cm
Last 14 reports (total): 0cm
Current month (May 2017) total: 0cm
2016/2017 season so far total: 822cm

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Sunday 7th May 2017
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from Nozawa Onsen on this last day of the 2016-2017 season.

After the less appealing weather we had yesterday, the season is today set to end with fine and sunny conditions. Lift operations are as they have been the last few days, with the Nagasaka Gondola due to end the day at 3:40pm.

Just for the record, on this last day of the season the resort is reporting these official snow depths:

- Yamabiko: 160cm
- Uenotaira: 65cm
- Base areas: 0cm


After the relatively poor season last time round, we enjoyed much more snowfall this season in this region of Nagano Prefecture.

Take a look at the observed snowfall numbers reported on my Nozawa Now reports over the last five seasons:

2016-2017 season total observed snowfall at base: 822cm
2015-2016 season total observed snowfall at base: 472cm
2014-2015 season total observed snowfall at base: 1044cm
2013-2014 season total observed snowfall at base: 720cm
2012-2013 season total observed snowfall at base: 824cm

This last season more snow fell in each month from December to March than in the same months last season – and in the case of January, quite a lot more. If you go over to the ‘Snowfall Analysis’ page of this report you can have fun taking a close look at the numbers and compare recent seasons. It’s the big blue tab at the top of this page if you didn’t already know.

The observed snowfall numbers on my reports are of course what I observed falling at base, and there is considerably more snow falling on the upper slopes of the resort. Remember, you can see the snowfall that the resort itself is reporting from the upper slopes on each of our daily reports. So, all-in-all some very respectable numbers this season.

It makes for good reading and something of a relief after 15-16. We always wanted those relatively poor numbers of last season to be a ‘one-off’!

There was a bit of a worry at the beginning of the season – things took a while to get going – and there were a few periods of warmer conditions in mid-winter, so not everyone was lucky with timing. But most of the people I met seemed to be leaving Nozawa with very fond memories of the skiing, boarding and village in general. That’s always good to hear.

Once again, the increase in the number of foreigners visiting Nozawa Onsen has been noticeable this past season. Lots of people around from lots of different countries and lots of languages to be heard. Don’t worry, there’s still lots of Japanese to be heard too even with this increasingly international crowd.


Anyway, that’s it from me and the Nozawa Now reports for this season.

Remember, Nozawa Onsen is a very fine place to be throughout through the year so perhaps some of you will be visiting before next winter season. Keep an eye on the forecasts which continue to be updated:

Nozawa Onsen 6 day weather forecast

I'll be back with Nozawa Now reports in late autumn in the run up to next season, which is due to start in late November 2017.

Thanks for reading, and see you later in the year.


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This message is being posted on all the daily Now reports on at the end of the 2016-2017 season.

Firstly, thank you for using and reading our reports. We hope you have enjoyed them and found them to be a useful resource this season. The 2016-2017 season saw another significant increase in the number of people using our website – our daily reports get a lot of traffic and the brand new ‘Snowfall Analysis’ pages appear to have been put to good use too.

Over the winter season a lot of people send us comments and questions. Unfortunately, it is impossible to answer them all so we are going to try to respond to some common questions and comments. (Some of the below comments are ‘reworkings’ of comments that we posted on the reports mid-season). is not a ski resort. Or a travel agency. Or a hotel. Or a ski school. is an independent website publishing information about winter sports in Japan.

Our snow reports are not official ski resort reports.

Our reports are not funded or influenced by ski resorts - or indeed by anyone else. Which brings us on to this very important point…

The integrity of our reporting.

There’s nothing more important to us than this.

We advise the people who write our reports that it is fine to get really excited about excellent snow conditions. Luckily for us, there’s usually lots of those in Japan! But at the same time, it is essential to be clear and honest about things when they are less exciting - like when it is raining, or when there is a lack of fresh snow. Such reporting is not ‘being negative’. It’s reporting the truth, even if none of us particularly like it.

We are not here to sell you anything.

One of the things that makes unique is the fact that we are not trying to convince you to visit any one region of Japan. We’re not asking you to book accommodation; or to join tours; or to take ski lessons. We’re not asking you to buy anything – we don’t have anything to sell!

What we are here to do is provide independent and honest information from around Japan. Importantly, information that is free from the inevitable pressures of having to sell and market services.

Increasing pressure to add cheese or sugar

When snow conditions are less than perfect, some people do take issue with our position regarding reports. Sadly, it is a fact that there are some folk out there who would prefer that true conditions are not always known. They would prefer everyone believe that snow conditions are always close-on perfect, just like the brochures. We are sometimes asked by some businesses to avoid some less palatable truths and to sugar-coat the conditions.

That’s just not what we are about.

We make a point of avoiding cheesy marketing words, Overusing Adjectives In Capital Letters, and unrelenting ‘everything is perfect’ descriptions in our reports. Apart from often being exaggerations or worse, they’re often really cringeworthy.

You’ll be able to tell when our reporters are genuinely excited by conditions. And because it is genuine, you’ll know that the conditions at that time are really worthy of excitement.

It seems that most people appreciate our honest approach. To those people - don’t worry, we won’t be changing it.

“Why don’t the daily reports appear earlier each morning?”

If we owned and operated a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post updates as early as possible every morning. We would have our staff up early morning to report how much fresh snow had fallen at top and at base. We’d report snow depth from a few locations consistently every day. We’d also be sure to have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort.

But, we do not own or operate a ski resort.

Unfortunately, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post morning information after 8am - and sometimes later than that. If we posted our reports earlier than we currently do, we would often miss important information - for example, how much fresh snow ski resorts are reporting overnight; or news of any lift disruption at the start of the day.

Our reports are an ongoing and season-long commentary, rather than simply an early morning snapshot report for gnarly folk waiting for the first lift of the day. (People who are lucky enough to be at a ski resort and heading for first lifts can get a very good idea of weather conditions by looking outside of the window when they get up!)

We feel that our way makes for better all-round reports and a more complete overview of the season.

The people writing the reports.

Of course, there’s also the people who post the reports and their circumstances to consider. They probably need some coffee and toast - maybe even some natto - before spending time writing the reports. They may need to dig themselves out of their home when there’s huge amounts of snow. And they may need to see to other complexities that life throws at them.

Each Now daily report is written by a different person. Each are based in the area that is being covered and in many cases, they have been there for quite some time. We purposefully don’t say who they are, not least because some of them would prefer to remain anonymous.

It is natural that each report will have its own personality and character. Some of the reports are longer than others; some are shorter; some are more humorous; some cover one ski resort; some cover a much wider region.

Posting a report every single day for over five months is a considerable commitment and a real responsibility. And remember, the people posting the reports are real humans - they have their own lives and sometimes circumstance might get in the way.

Why do ‘official snow depth’ numbers often not correspond to how much snow is falling?

In our Now daily reports, the ‘official snow depth’ data is information that the ski resorts themselves publish. We gather that information from official sources to be shown on our reports.

Different ski resorts in Japan report their ‘official snow depth’ number from different places. For some ski resorts, it is being measured at the top of the mountain. For some ski resorts, it is being measured at the base area. For other ski resorts, it is being measured at other locations. There are no consistent rules regarding where resorts take their snow depth measurements.

What about daily fresh snowfall? Well, many ski resorts in Japan do not actually publish a ‘new snowfall’ number on a consistent daily basis from the same spot each day.

And even when they do publish such a number, the ‘official snow depth’ number often doesn’t often rise by a corresponding amount.

There’s a few reasons for that.

Snow is always melting and compacting; groomers, skiers and snowboarders compact it; prevailing weather conditions and temperatures have an impact on how that is happening; wind blows snow around. Nature happens.

It is worth noting that some Japanese ski resorts are wary of reporting huge amounts of snowfall. This may be hard for some of you to believe, but ‘too much snow’ all at once is thought to scare away the Japanese customers. Some Japanese ski resorts would prefer not to add 50cm in one day - even if that much snow fell overnight.

Some ski resorts may also just not update their snow depth number regularly. Simple as that!

So, the snow pack (official snow depth) often changes way more than ski resorts actually report.

And we have no control over that.

About the SnowJapan ‘observed snowfall’ data.

The ‘observed snowfall’ that we publish on each of our reports is the amount of snowfall that our reporters see with their own eyes 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 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, for several reasons. 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!”
”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 close-by. Someone visiting the same ski resort may 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.

“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 don’t you publish a Now report for (insert name of resort)?”

If we could find somebody who we trust 100% to be able to publish honest, unbiased, consistent and informative reports every day throughout the winter season, we would certainly be open to considering adding new report sections to our website.

“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 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.


We do not claim that our reports are perfect or that they should be viewed as ‘definitive’. You can however use them with confidence as an honest account of the snow season in the areas covered.

We put a lot of time and effort into putting the reports together every day and feel a real responsibility to get things right. While we are aware that we will never be able to provide reports that satisfy everyone, we are always keen to hear on how people feel we can further improve things. And of course, feedback does not always need to be positive!

Having said that, it’s always very nice to hear from friendly folk who just want to say hello and pass on some friendly comments as well.

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We want nothing better than to be able to report consistent and large amounts of snowfall falling on the Japanese mountains with excellent conditions everywhere. Happily, the Japanese mountains usually enjoy consistently large amounts of snowfall and great conditions. Let’s hope that is what we get for next season.

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We appreciate the support.

Thank you.


Our daily report updates will be back in the autumn in the run-up to the 2017-2018 season.

Archive report: Posted at 9:11am on Sunday 7th May 2017
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Today (May 7th) is the last day of the 16-17 season at Nozawa Onsen.

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Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent Nozawa Onsen Now reports
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th May 2017
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Nozawa Onsen Now reports up until Sunday 7th May 2017
(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th May 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base 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)
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January observed snowfall total 366cm 132cm 314cm
February observed snowfall total 196cm 162cm 215cm
March observed snowfall total 97cm 75cm 78cm
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Season observed snowfall total 822cm 472cm 1044cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Sunday 7th May 2017
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the Nozawa Onsen Now reports for each month and total season accumulation
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