Snow and weather reports posted on Saturday 30th May 2020
Monday 17th December 2007, 6:57am
A good layer of more fluff during the night to powder things up a bit. Most of Myoko is now open with some straggler resorts scheduled to open on the 21st. Another day or so of steady snow is on the charts, with cloudy days forecast during the week.
A lot more snow on the Sea of Japan side this past week has given Akakura quite a bit more powder action than the Suginohara side. But it's early days, and Nagano's scheduled to get theirs by the end of the week.
Good morning from Nozawa Onsen, the town where the trees get shorter every day. It is cloudy and very cool this morning. On the top of the mountain it is snowing lightly but relatively clear. Mysteriously, 5cm of snow fell yesterday up top but snow depths remain the same. It will be a great day to go up the mountain with the weekend punters having gone back to the cities.
It is very unfortunate that I am not able to give you a first hand account of yesterdays huge powder dump, but I can't imagine it being anything other than epic. The only problem was that being a Sunday and with so little of the mountain open, it would have been tracked out very early. I did make it up in the afternoon and on piste was very choppy and even little snatches of powder hard to find. Weather ranged from silver skies and views down into the valley, to cloudy/misty with snow. Run of the day for me was a cruise down the Bunabayashi cat track. With all the snow we have had it was very picturesque.
The forecast is for light snow to continue today and tomorrow, becoming heavier at night.
I will finish today with a couple of bits of advice relevant to what has been happening in Nozawa lately. To beginners, make sure you come prepared for extreme cold. This morning it is -7 at the top of the mountain. Track pants, rain gear and your denim jacket aren't going to cut it. You need thermal underwear, warm jumpers and a good waterproof jacket and pants.
To everyone who comes here, just a word about the onsens. The onsens here are free, and part of the reason why Nozawa is such an awesome place to come. Nozawa is expecting to see a big influx of foreigners this year and already we have encountered problems with foreigners not using the onsen properly. Make sure you know how to use them and I am sure we can save a big headache. A few big don'ts are; getting soap in the bath, putting your towel in the water, being noisy, getting water on the changing area, food and drink in the bathroom, going into the wrong onsen (although I'm sure the guys won't mind if you get mixed up, ladies), going in with your shoes on or putting your shoes anywhere other than the bottom shelf of the storage case. Study up a bit before you go in and there shouldn't be a problem. Happy bathing! Read more ...
Monday 17th December 2007, 8:46am
The snow clouds seems to have moved on and this morning it is a generally cloudy morning.
Kagura is reporting 10cm of fresh snow overnight (and an impressive 80cm over the weekend), and good reports have been heard from snow conditions over the weekend. Today the winds will have calmed down since yesterday and visibility much better on the mountain. Naeba is back to just the one gondola this morning.
Later on today sleet and hopefully snow is forecast in Yuzawa once again and more snow is lined up for Wednesday. Read more ...
Shiga Kogen Now!
Monday 17th December 2007, 9:07am
Cloud, sun at times
There has been another 10-15cm or so of snow in parts of Shiga Kogen since yesterday. After the fairly strong winds & snow of yesterday, while some clouds remain the snow has stopped and actually at the moment the sun is peaking through some clouds and we look set to have a generally fine day. More snow clouds may well be with us by the end of the day though as more snow is expected later on and overnight into tomorrow.
The Yakebitaiyama & Okushiga areas have now officially hit the 100cm snow depth mark and with the snow over the weekend the conditions are good. Read more ...
Monday 17th December 2007, 9:09am
Only a dusting of new snow last night in the town however strong winds up at Goryu yesterday had the gondola closed for a good part of the day so there should be some nice powder to be found off the sides of the groomers.
Happo is reporting strong winds and some of the lifts up top aren't moving yet but pretty good visibilty so still a great day for riding the lifts and eating all the powder left over from yesterday...
Huge snowfall the night before last and yesterdays high winds means high snow transport, exercise due care if heading back-country especially on lee slopes and watch loaded cornices and convex slopes...there's a lot of fresh unsettled snow treat it with the caution it deserves.
Over the weekend people who made it up the mountain were treated to some fantastic powder conditions. The snow kept on falling yesterday, and there was a fair bit of strong wind as well. Kagura are saying that they got 80cm of fresh snowfall over the weekend (even though the official snow depth numbers remain the same as they were yesterday...)
The winds and clouds have for the most part moved on and today will be generally fine, at least until later on in the day when we have a chance of more snow.
It is a cold -7 up at the top of Kagura, and around -2 here in the village at the moment.
More snow coming over the next few days will hopefully allow more of Naeba to open up. After moving for the weekend, the Prince No 1 Gondola is taking a rest today.
Today is snowing heavily outside and the base is building up before our eyes. Many of the favorite places are beginning to fill in and the bamboo is sinking away for the season. The systems above us are moving slowly past and these conditions look to be with us a few more days. The build up of new snow over night was about 10 cm but through the day it has easily matched this and more.
The next few days has snow forecast and very little wind so should be some great action out on the hill.
Yesterday was the first day of the King#4 lift operation and was a popular ride throughout the day and will be for the season. Read more ...