Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Monday 14th December 2020

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 8:50am on Monday 14th December 2020
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Monday 14th December 2020, 8:50am
Sunday 13th December 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Saturday 12th December 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Friday 11th December 2020, 8:50am 0cm
Thursday 10th December 2020, 9:34am 0cm
Wednesday 9th December 2020, 8:35am 0cm
Tuesday 8th December 2020, 8:32am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 13cm
Last 14 reports (total): 13cm
Current month (December 2020) total: 13cm
2020/2021 season so far total: 13cm

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Monday 14th December 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Good morning from a snowy Nozawa.

Yesterday the clouds moved in and it started snowing... down to base too and it was good to see everywhere start to turn white.

This morning the snow is falling nicely and that is what we are due for most of this week.

I have just been out and measured 13cm, and counting. The roads around my place are covered in snow and it feels like mid winter.

Lifts and course openings remain unchanged for the moment but I imagine that things will be opening up fairly quickly.

With all the snow due in the coming week it is really exciting to think that this season we might be back to something more like normal. (Well, in terms of snowfall, anyway).

Bring it on!


A message from SnowJapan

Note: This message is being published on all daily ‘Now’ reports on SnowJapan

We hope this message finds you and yours well.

As the 2020-2021 season here in Japan gets started, we wanted to post a few general thoughts as well as answer a few common questions.

Coronavirus in Japan

Compared to many countries, Japan appears to have managed to keep its number of (official confirmed) cases relatively low and without any major ‘lockdowns’. Still, coronavirus has overwhelmingly been the major issue of the year and has had a profound impact on many people and businesses. Hospitality and tourism are two of the areas that have been hit particularly hard hit, with the Go To campaign providing a certain amount of relief for some.

In recent weeks, the number of confirmed cases announced in the country every day has increased to around 2500-3000, in what is being labelled the third wave. Let us all hope that we might soon see a decrease in the numbers again and do what we can to help that happen.

How ski areas in Japan are dealing and measures being taken

Correct information on coronavirus is of course important and we encourage everyone to keep up to date with information from trusted sources.

We also encourage people intending to visit a ski area in Japan to take on all relevant advice and requests being asked of visitors. While there is understandably a sense of unease along with a bunch of unknowns as we start the winter season, most ski areas in Japan plan to be opening and are implementing various measures to try and minimise the potential for infections.

Actual measures and requests vary but generally include limiting the number of people riding gondola cabins, ropeways and multiple-person ski lifts; wearing masks and face coverings; using hand sanitisers; practising social distancing and avoiding queues.

Some ski areas are resting various ski lifts for the season, though in many such cases that will not affect the amount of terrain that is available to skiers and snowboarders.

There are a small number of ski areas that have decided to not open at all this winter – some citing coronavirus, some citing a lack of snowfall in recent years… some mentioning both.

Over the last few months, SnowJapan has been trying to keep an ongoing record of various news and information regarding ski area operations for the season. You can find that kind of news in a new blog section here:

* SnowJapan News Blogs *

Our ‘Now’ daily reports

While keeping up to date on coronavirus is important, we are also keenly aware that people are not reading our daily snow reports to read about it. And while it might get mentioned at times within our reports when it is relevant, we do not want our reports to dwell on the subject. We have asked our reporters to try to keep mention of it to a minimum.

For various reasons, this season we are not going to be able to update a few of our usual Now report sections.

The Aizu Bandai Now, Minakami Now and the Naeba Now reports will be rested for the 2020-2021 season. Naeba is located within Yuzawa town and so information from Naeba will be mentioned within our ongoing daily Yuzawa Now reports.

We are sorry about this and hope they will be back.

At the same time, we are pleased to be able to bring you a brand new Kiroro Now daily report section for the 2020-2021 season, from the Kiroro resort in Hokkaido.

Timing of reports

Some of our daily Now reports may appear later in the day than they have in the past. When that is the case, we plan to ‘time stamp’ a report when it was written, rather than the time when it was posted. That is to avoid possible confusion about conditions at the time of writing and the time of posting (changing weather conditions within a day etc).

We will, of course, try to be as timely as possible.

Without going into the details regarding the efforts behind bringing these reports to you, let’s just say that we would prefer to be able to continue a report section - even if that means some reports potentially appear later in the day - than have no reports at all. We’re guessing that most of you would agree with that.

SnowJapan site updates

We have been working on updating our all-Japan ski area database since late summer when information started to be available.

It is hard to believe, but even as we approach the middle of December, about 100 ski areas around Japan have not yet updated their official information for the 2020-2021 season. Seems a bit mad, right? But that is the reality.

It is important to us that information on our website is correct, so we are unable to update our information without official information being available. That is why some ski area listings on SnowJapan remain unchanged since last year.

We will get them updated as quickly as we can.

SnowJapan is all about Japan!

Many of you reading this were hoping to visit Japan this winter season but unfortunately are not able to, due to travel restrictions. We feel for you.

But looking at site traffic numbers over the last few weeks, it seems that there is still going to be a lot of people tuning in and following the Japanese winter season from afar. And of course, there are people already in Japan who will be able to ski or snowboard on the Japanese mountains.

We will once again do our best to bring you interesting, honest, up-to-date, and hype-free independent reports and correct information.

With all the stuff going on in the world right now, we are thankful that we are able to be doing something we love doing… about a place we love. That makes it a real pleasure to keep on updating and moving forward.

We hope we will be able to report a lot of regular snowfall this season!

Wherever you are in the world, stay safe and take care.

Thanks for reading.


Monday 14th December 2020

Fresh snowfall recorded by the resort (since 3pm yesterday):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 10cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 0cm (?)
- Hikage (660m): -cm (not reporting yet)
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Official snow depth numbers (reported by the resort):

- Yamabiko (1407m): 35cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 20cm
- Hikage (660m): -cm
- Nagasaka (615m): -cm
- Karasawa (563m): -cm

Planned operating lifts:

- Nagasaka Gondola (8:30am - 5:30pm; last one down at 4pm)
- Yamabiko Four quad lift (8:45am - 3:30pm)
- Yamabiko Number 2 Four quad lift (8:40am - 3:40pm)
- Uenotaira Four quad lift (8:50am - 3:40pm)

Courses currently open:

- Yamabiko C Course (850m)
- Yamabiko D Course (1250m)
- Uenotaira Course (2000m)

Archive report: Posted at 8:50am on Monday 14th December 2020
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is part open

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Japan snowfall data
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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 Monday 14th December 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Nozawa Onsen Now reports up until Monday 14th December 2020
(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 Monday 14th December 2020
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)
*as of Monday 14th December 2020
14th December 13cm 0cm 18cm
13th December 0cm 3cm 1cm
12th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
11th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
10th December 0cm 0cm 12cm
9th December 0cm 0cm 11cm
8th December 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 13cm 3cm 42cm
Previous 14 days total 13cm 8cm 44cm
November observed snowfall total 0cm 4cm 2cm
December observed snowfall total 13cm 33cm 202cm
January observed snowfall total - 120cm 425cm
February observed snowfall total - 245cm 170cm
March observed snowfall total - 61cm 58cm
April observed snowfall total - 4cm 29cm
May observed snowfall total - - 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 13cm 467cm 886cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Monday 14th December 2020
This table shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in 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
2021/2022 season - - - - - - - -
2020/2021 season - 0cm
- - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
2018/2019 season - 2cm
2017/2018 season - 21cm
2016/2017 season - 2cm
2015/2016 season - 3cm
2014/2015 season 0cm
2013/2014 season 0cm
2012/2013 season 0cm
  October November December January February March April May
Nozawa Onsen Now reports before Monday 14th December 2020
Nozawa Onsen Now reports from the same period last season
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