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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report for 21 Jan 2017

  • Weather Forecast for Nozawa Onsen at  m altitude issued: 2 am22 Jan 2017 (local time)  
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Nozawa Onsen Snow Report for 21 Jan 2017

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Our Snow Report for Nozawa Onsen brings daily updates on the snow conditions, snow depths, piste and offpiste conditions and the number of open ski lifts. The latest Nozawa Onsen snow report shown below was updated on 21 Jan 2017. Snow Reports are provided regularly throughout the ski season courtesy of our own network of ski resort managers, the Skiclub of Great Britain and Skiresort Service International GmbH. In addition to the current report on ski conditions, we also provide webcams (including a 4 week cam archive), current live observations from nearby weather stations and also historical snow data for Nozawa Onsen.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Report Issued: 21 Jan 2017

Season opens: 26 November 2016 | Season closes: 6 May 2017

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Most recent snowfallon 21 Jan 2017
Fresh snow depth:6cm

Fresh snow depth
Upper / Lower
Snow Depth, cm
305
165
BottomNew Snow in Resort: –
Good pisteon-piste Excellent
PowderOff piste Powder
Resort runsResort runsExcellent

Resort Ski Report:20 out of 21Lifts open.Thunder, lightning and strong winds accompanied daybreak this morning in Nozawa Onsen. I woke to the sound of snowflakes and soft hail rattling the side of the lodge as the storm broke overhead. Storms are an irregular occurrence in the winter only occurring a few times per season if at all. As of 5am no fresh snow had fallen, but from this time to 8am 10cm had collected on the upper slopes. Although the temperatures aren’t especially cold, the wind chill will make it feel much colder today. At the moment the upper mountain is soaked in fog while the lower mountain is relatively clear. Highest quality snow will be found towards the top, becoming heavier on the lower mountain. Yesterday remained mostly clear for the duration. Occasional high cloud passed accompanied by gusts of strong wind. The snow was best in the morning remaining light and dry. By around lunchtime the temperatures had warmed which resulted in heavier snow, very sun affected on the Southerly aspects. All in all another good day on the hill. We should see snow showers ease into the afternoon today with a brief pause until tomorrow night. This will mark the start of another more prolonged run of snowfalls and very cold temperatures. Light to moderate snowfalls should continue to sea level from Sunday night until some point on Wednesday. Thursday is expected to be clear. Next weekend looks to be a mixed bag of variable weather; its uncertain at this stage what exactly will occur, snowfalls or partly cloudy days. Check back tomorrow for further updates.

Nozawa Onsen Snow Conditions:Powder day!

Reported Weather Conditions:Heavy Snow,Poor visibility due to present snowfalls,Temperature: -5°C

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  1. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: There is heavy snow falling in Akakura Champion. Not much wind here, just a light breeze. Cold. The new snow is ankle deep. All lifts are open. The pistes are in excellent condition. Off-piste has powder snow conditions!
  2. Banner  3Nozawa Holidays Thunder, lightning and strong winds accompanied daybreak this morning in Nozawa Onsen. I woke to the sound of snowflakes and soft hail rattling the side of the lodge as the storm broke overhead. Storms are an irregular occurrence in the winter only occurring a few times per season if at all. As of 5am no fresh snow had fallen, but from this time to 8am 10cm had collected on the upper slopes. Although the temperatures aren’t especially cold, the wind chill will make it feel much colder today. At the moment the upper mountain is soaked in fog while the lower mountain is relatively clear. High...
  3. eyeball reporterAnonymous Report: Heavy snow is falling in Nozawa Onsen. Not much wind here, just a light breeze. Pretty cold today. The new snow between ankle and knee deep. Every lift is open. The pistes are in excellent condition. Powder snow off-piste!
  

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Naeba webcam
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3
9
light snow
light snow
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105
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Notes on the Nozawa Onsen Snow Report

The snow report describes the piste and off-piste ski conditions at Nozawa Onsen. You can submit an updated snow report here. Piste and off-piste are often different so we ask snow reporters to describe Nozawa Onsen piste and off-piste conditions separately. If these details are missing from the Nozawa Onsen snow report, you can predict off-piste conditions using the snow depth, the date of the most recent snowfall at Nozawa Onsen, the Nozawa Onsen weather report and the forecast.

Members can check the hindcast for a timeline of Nozawa Onsen weather conditions. This detailed weather log makes it easy to predict snow conditions at Nozawa Onsen, even when the snow report is too old to be useful. The hindcast shows when our weather model last predicted snowfall at Nozawa Onsen. It shows how much snow we think fell then, and the way freezing level, wind and weather have varied through time. You will be able to predict whether to expect off-piste powder, slush, spring snow, ice or wind crust.

If you see a report of powder or fresh snow conditions several days after snow last fell, there is usually a good reason. At crowded ski resorts, off-piste new snow will be tracked out within hours of a fresh fall but wherever crowds are light in relation to the accessible terrain, it will be possible to stay fresh much later, perhaps several days later. Alternatively, strong winds sometimes redistribute powder snow enough to cover old tracks, or it may simply be that the ski area was not fully open for some period after the snow fell, so fresh snow that fell a while ago has remained un-tracked until this report.

Whenever weather conditions change, Nozawa Onsen snow conditions will change too, so it is important to check the time and date of the Nozawa Onsen snow report and to guess what effect the weather will have had on snow quality between then and now. For example, the Nozawa Onsen snow report on Friday afternoon may indicate fresh powder but if Friday night is mild and rainy then ski conditions will be very poor on Saturday morning. Conversely, if the weather stays stable and cold, the same snow report can be valid for more than a week. We advise that you check the Nozawa Onsen snow forecast to see if conditions are likely to change before your visit.

Many skiers enjoy moguls and fast icy pistes but for off-piste skiers and free-ride snowboarders, fresh snow starts to deteriorate from the moment it settles. Wind, rain and periods of above-freezing temperature are the primary cause of the evolution from fresh powder to windslab, ice or slush. High altitude slopes that are shaded from the sun and sheltered from the wind preserve powder stashes longer after fresh snowfall. If the snow report mentions pockets of powder at Nozawa Onsen, study the Nozawa Onsen piste map in relation to the wind direction to determine the most likely locations.

We stress the importance of checking the date on the Nozawa Onsen snow report particularly around weekends. For example, the snow report for Nozawa Onsen on Friday may indicate powder after recent snowfall but following a sunny and busy weekend, when the locals hit the mountains en masse, the ski conditions (at any resort) can deteriorate rapidly and late arrivals may see very different ski conditions. Of course some people look for deteriorating conditions in the snow report for the likely development of mogul fields but for powder lovers and particularly snowboarders this can mean tracked out off-piste snow. Of course, this doesn’t always happen quickly after fresh snowfall particularly at quiet North facing resorts at high altitude where genuine powder stashes may be found days or even weeks later. It is worth checking the piste map for Nozawa Onsen (found in menu above) for the location of favourable slopes that may be described in the "Nozawa Onsen Snow Conditions" part of the snow report. In addition to checking the Nozawa Onsen snow report we recommend that you check the snow forecasts found in the menu at the top of the page along with our ski resort guide.

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