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Nozawa Onsen Now

Independent and trustworthy daily snow and weather reports from Nozawa Onsen region, Japan
LATEST REPORT: Posted at 8:16am on Friday 17th April 2020
Current weather conditions
Observed fresh snowfall AT BASE
weather condition
Fine clear weather
Base temp:
4°C

Top temp:
0°C
Precipitation Wind Visibility
precipitation condition
None
wind condition
Light
visibility condition
Excellent
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Friday 17th April 2020, 8:16am
0cm
Thursday 16th April 2020, 10:26am 0cm
Monday 13th April 2020, 7:08am 0cm
Friday 10th April 2020, 8:02am 3cm
Thursday 9th April 2020, 8:31am 0cm
Wednesday 8th April 2020, 7:49am 0cm
Tuesday 7th April 2020, 9:01am 0cm
Last 7 reports (total): 3cm
Last 14 reports (total): 4cm
Current month (October 2020) total: 0cm
2019/2020 season so far total: 467cm

General message from SnowJapan (added 20th April 2020):

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Original report:

Good morning from Nozawa.

It's Friday 17th April 2020 and it is the last day of the ski and snowboard season here in Nozawa Onsen. At the end of today that upper area and lifts that remain open today will be able to take a rest. And it looks like it is going to be a beautiful spring day.

So it is disappointing - but perhaps inevitable - early end to a unique season. (The planned closing date was 6th May).

Here in Nozawa we enjoy a large vertical from base to top, so even if lower slopes struggled at times snow cover up top has not been a problem. (Once we got going).

Today the resort is reporting 195cm of snow depth on the top Yamabiko area and 100cm on Uenotaira. Just to compare those numbers with last year on 17th April 2019, Yamabiko was then on 275cm and Uenotaira was on 195cm. But this coronavirus situation has taken things over and the resort made the decision to cut the season short to today.

Regarding snowfall.

This season I have personally measured/observed 467cm of snowfall down at base. Last year that number was 886cm. The year before it was 700cm. So quite clearly much less at base. 2005-2006 season was quite similar just in terms of the fine total number. Of course, with our large vertical, more snow falls higher up on the mountain and I keep a record of what the resort is reporting up there in each of my reports.

While the season has not been as consistent as we normally expect, we have also enjoyed periods of excellence. Living here, I am lucky in that I can go with the flow. Some visitors will have been very lucky; some less so. But I am guessing that even those who didn't get the best snow conditions probably fell in love with the village and the people here. And the onsen. And the food.

If you like to study numbers, you can check the data below, archive reports and the Snowfall Analysis page within this report. Numbers by themselves don't tell the full story, so please do read the reports themselves to get a feel for how it all went.

All throughout the season there have been hundreds of people making it all happen, both at the ski resort and beyond. Thanks to those folk. And of course to our very own, Nasuki/Naski, who always has a bright (green) smile on their face. And is a vegetable. Who skis.

I think it is fair to say that everyone is hoping that this season will prove to be something of a one-off in terms of snowfall and that we can get back to more normal Nozawa-like dumpage next winter.

Next season should see a brand new gondola replacing the current Nagasaka Gondola, which is very exciting. It is going to be fun watching that develop over the coming months.

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As others have wisely said, our 'normal' is excellent.

We expect excellence.

Perhaps a somewhat patchy season will help us appreciate what we get more than we do. That can't be a bad thing.

How this coronavirus situation pans out... well, we'll just have to wait and see and hope. And take care of ourselves and ours and others.

That's it from me for this season. Thank you for the many, many people who have been reading the Nozawa Now reports this season. A special thanks to those who have sent in comments. Appreciate the support.

Let's stay safe and let's look forward to Nozawa 2020-2021.

Nozawa Onsen Now ski lift operation notes:

Friday 17th April is the last day of the 2019-2020 season in Nozawa Onsen

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The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th April 2020
This graph shows the amount of observed snowfall recorded at base in the 21 Nozawa Onsen Now reports up until Friday 17th April 2020
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Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Recent season comparisons
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th April 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 more analysis here)
  2019/2020
*as of Friday 17th April 2020
2018/2019
Season
2017/2018
Season
17th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
16th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
13th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
10th April 3cm 0cm 0cm
9th April 0cm 2cm 0cm
8th April 0cm 0cm 1cm
7th April 0cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 7 days total 3cm 0cm 0cm
Previous 14 days total 4cm 4cm 1cm
November observed snowfall total 4cm 2cm 21cm
December observed snowfall total 33cm 202cm 217cm
January observed snowfall total 120cm 425cm 325cm
February observed snowfall total 245cm 170cm 131cm
March observed snowfall total 61cm 58cm 5cm
April observed snowfall total 4cm 29cm 1cm
May observed snowfall total - 0cm 0cm
Season observed snowfall total 467cm 886cm 700cm
Nozawa Onsen Now observed snowfall data (at base): Monthly and annual accumulation
The data displayed is correct up to and including Friday 17th April 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 more analysis here)
  October November December January February March April May
2020/2021 season - - - - - - - -
2019/2020 season - 4cm
[4cm]
33cm
[37cm]
120cm
[157cm]
245cm
[402cm]
61cm
[463cm]
4cm
[467cm]
-
2018/2019 season - 2cm
[2cm]
202cm
[204cm]
425cm
[629cm]
170cm
[799cm]
58cm
[857cm]
29cm
[886cm]
0cm
[886cm]
2017/2018 season - 21cm
[21cm]
217cm
[238cm]
325cm
[563cm]
131cm
[694cm]
5cm
[699cm]
1cm
[700cm]
0cm
[700cm]
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]
  October November December January February March April May
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