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Monday 23rd May 2011, 9:35am
Just a bit of an update from Yokoteyama. They are still managing to stay open for snow riders and hope to be open until Sunday 29th May, but it is looking like it's going to be a close call. Today and tomorrow will certainly be ok according to the resort but beyond that is anyones guess at the moment... we will keep this page updated with the latest where possible.
Just part of the No2 course open now with the No2 Sky lift moving at Yokoteyama, and one course at Shibutoge.
Today is actually quite cool and a cloudy morning to start things off but rain is on the forecast for later today, though things should start clearing up tomorrow and very likely be clearer from Wednesday.
We really are into the very last stretch now and only the really dedicated might be tempted to get out there. But if you want that last chance before things really start to heat up for summer!
Official resort snow depths as of 23rd May 2011 AM:
It's hard to believe that we are now closing in on the end of May.... so much has happened this season - it has certainly been eventful.
A look back at the reports in this section will show you just how great we had conditions on the mountain for so much of the peak season. At times it just felt like the snow wasn't going to stop coming down, and we're not going to complain about that! We certainly had a fair share of powder days out on the mountain.
There was that period in February where we had a run of fine, sunny days and it almost felt like spring was around the corner. Early March saw a return to winter conditions and some more dumps of snow and really great conditions.
Then March 11th arrived and the earthquake and tsunami over on the north east coast of the Tohoku region. We felt it here, though it didn't seem set to make any huge difference to operations....early on Nozawa was planning to open as normal the following morning. That didn't quite happen though as the northern area of Nagano had it's very own strong earthquake waking everyone up at just before 4am on Saturday. That was felt much more locally than the wobbles the previous day and actually caused a fair bit of damage - both to the ski resort and other facilities, and fragile feelings of the people in the region.
The resort coped remarkably well with it all. Even though there was damage to one of the Gondolas and upper areas of the resort, along with some lighter aftershocks from time to time, Nozawa was up and running once again the day after on the Sunday. While there was a lot of changing of operations and they were limited at times, the resort managed to stay open and even extend the season until 15th May. Remarkable if you ask me, and I want to congratulate the people involved in keeping things going during this far-from-normal period of time.
The ski/snowboard season is now over of course and Nozawa is looking forward to summer. People are reflecting on the season but getting on with things. The Nagasaka Gondola will be operating between Saturday 16th July and Sunday 28th August - going up there is a great way to escape the heat, and of course there are some fine views to be had. From Saturday 2nd July on the Uenotaira course area you there is a bunch of activities including a garden, walking, mallet golf, camping and general sightseeing.
Anyway, as everyone does their best to get back to normal, it would be great to see more people in the village. As with many places in Japan, Nozawa went very quiet after the events of mid-March. The local quake is done and gone quiet, we are far from Fukushima and so there is no risk from any kind of radiation, etc.... just back to being the quaint and friendly village that Nozawa always has been.
Hope to see you around over the summer months and of course next winter.
The Nozawa Now reports will be back after the summer in the autumn as we look forward to the next snow season.