Nozawa Onsen Now daily snow and weather - Friday 5th January 2018

Nozawa Onsen Now (Archive Report)

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ARCHIVE REPORT: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 5th January 2018
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall
weather condition
Cloudy, fog
Base temp:
-6°C

Top temp:
-7°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Varied early on
This report
Friday 5th January 2018, 7:49am
18cm
Thursday 4th January 2018, 8:12am 25cm
Wednesday 3rd January 2018, 8:47am 35cm
Tuesday 2nd January 2018, 8:41am 8cm
Monday 1st January 2018, 9:36am 0cm
Sunday 31st December 2017, 8:46am 2cm
Saturday 30th December 2017, 7:55am 10cm
Last 7 reports (total): 98cm
Last 14 reports (total): 176cm
Current month (January 2018) total: 86cm
2017/2018 season so far total: 324cm

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Morning.

It feels cold out this morning!

More decent snow to add this morning, adding up the numbers from mid-afternoon to this morning we're looking at over 40cm on the upper areas of the resort. Less so down below but I have measured a respectable 18cm since my report yesterday.

It is one of those mornings when visibility is better up top than down in the village where low cloud/fog is making things look pretty thick. Up top better visibility according to the webcams and generally cloudy conditions - and cloudy is what the forecast is for today.

Maybe some snow tomorrow though don't expect much. There may also be some sunshine in the mix over the weekend.

Lots of fresh snow around though, so should be excellent for the upcoming long weekend.

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Your questions answered!
Why don’t your daily reports appear earlier?


* Please note: this is a re-worked and updated version of a message that was posted during last season.

To answer this question properly, it is important that everyone understands that SnowJapan is not a ski resort operator. Our daily reports are not official ski resort reports. We are an independent website. Our daily reports are not commissioned by anyone and no business influences the content of our reports. (In fact, some businesses do not like our reports - especially when it is raining, and we say so - but that’s a different story). Data within the report does not get updated automatically - we do a lot of manual checking ourselves every morning.

If we did own and operate a ski resort, we would make it a high priority to post snow reports as early as possible each morning. We would report how much new snow has fallen on the upper slopes and base, weather conditions, lift operations and snow depth. We would also have multiple and meaningful webcams pointing out to locations around the resort. And we’d make sure that those webcams were backed up with adequate bandwidth to keep them working properly. We think it is probably reasonable to think that ski resorts might ideally be doing the above things for their customers.

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

The fact is, a fair number of Japanese ski resorts only post their morning information updates after 8am - and in some cases, it is actually (much) later than that.

Our daily reports are generally a mix of observed snowfall data, observed weather conditions, personal comments about what is going on - as well as information/data that has been manually checked from official ski resort sources. This is all in the interest of creating interesting and as-detailed-as-possible reports.

If we posted our daily reports much earlier than we currently do (for example at 7am as someone suggested) reports would be missing what we consider to be important information. For example, we would often not be able to include things like how much fresh snow the ski resorts are reporting, or news of any ski lift disruption at the start of the day. Things like that.

Rather than simply being a very early morning report mainly for the benefit of people who are going to be queuing for the first ski lift of the day, we like to think of the SnowJapan daily reports more as a season-long ongoing commentary,

The reality is of course that people who are lucky enough to already be at a ski resort and preparing to hit the first lifts of the day can get a good idea of weather conditions by taking a look outside the window when they get up, asking accommodation staff and/or checking out official resort sites etc.

If we posted our daily reports mostly for the benefit of those first lift people - who very likely only account for a very small percentage of the total number of people reading the reports - they would not be as good or detailed as they are.

So, bottom line, we strongly feel that our way of doing things makes for better all-round reports.

One more very important thing.

There’s also the people who write the reports and their circumstances to consider. There is of course human effort involved in creating the reports. In particular the reports that cover wider areas - for example Niseko, Hakuba, Yuzawa - take quite a bit of time to put together every morning. Checking information, updating data, writing the report, checking…

The people who are doing this are not ski resort employees doing this as part of their job.

They probably need some coffee before posting. (Toast in some cases).

They may need to dig themselves out of their home if it is snowing heavily.

And they may need to see to any number of circumstances that life throws at them on any given morning.

So please keep all that in mind.

We aim to get the reports online as early as we can on every morning throughout the winter season. But there may be times when the perfect plan is not possible.

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There are many people new to SnowJapan using the site again this season and we are experiencing some very heavy traffic. People from all over the world are using the site. That is of course a really great thing and we warmly welcome everyone who is new to SnowJapan; as well as old friends. Thanks for visiting!

We are aware that we do some things in our own unique way, and we kind of like that. You’ll probably get used to it if you stick around.

If you wish to send us any comments, you can do so here. But please be aware that we are not able to answer specific questions about ski resorts, travel, accommodation and the like. That would be a full time job in itself!

Thank you for reading and all the best for the New Year.

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Friday 5th January 2018

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

- Yamabiko (1407m): 43cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 49cm
- Hikage (660m): 30cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 30cm
- Karasawa (563m): 15cm

Official snow depth numbers:

- Yamabiko (1407m): 320cm
- Uenotaira (1230m): 250cm
- Hikage (660m): 190cm
- Nagasaka (615m): 180cm
- Karasawa (563m): 160cm

All lifts operating except the following:

- All lifts should be operating

All courses open except the following:

- Challenge 39
- Mukobayashi
- Grand Prix
- Kamoshika
- Kandahar East

Archive report: Posted at 7:49am on Friday 5th January 2018
The latest Nozawa Onsen Now report can be found here

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Nozawa Onsen is open

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(View the latest Niseko Now report here :: View more analysis here)
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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th 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 Friday 5th January 2018
2016/2017
Season
2015/2016
Season
5th January 18cm 1cm 0cm
4th January 25cm 0cm 0cm
3rd January 35cm 0cm 0cm
2nd January 8cm 0cm 0cm
1st January 0cm 0cm 17cm
31st December 2cm 4cm 0cm
30th December 10cm 42cm 13cm
Previous 7 days total 98cm 47cm 30cm
Previous 14 days total 176cm 86cm 88cm
November observed snowfall total 21cm 2cm 3cm
December observed snowfall total 217cm 161cm 100cm
January observed snowfall total 86cm 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 324cm 822cm 472cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data: Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 5th 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
2018/2019 season - - - - - - - -
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
86cm
[324cm]
- - - -
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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