Snow and weather reports posted on Sunday 30th May 2021
Friday 29th February 2008, 4:57am
Sun, fine weather
A very early report this morning!
Yesterday saw some changeable weather, with snow falling for a big part of the day but periods of sunshine. By the evening things had cleared up for the most part.
It is cold early on here, down to -4 at the moment but it should warm up today as a fine day is forecast with the sun due to make a showing all day and a high of around +6 degrees in the town. There should only be a slight breeze as well and so all the resorts should be open and good to go.
Yesterday was on. Ooooohhh is was fun. Not super deep snow, just below the knee most of the time, but there were spots of wasit deep as some photos below proove. Hardly anyone on the mountain this week, so lots of freshies all day. The wind has finally died off a bit, which is helping the snow pack.
The snow pack in soft and smooth again which is fantastic. The constant snow over the last 4-5 days has really helped and again today there will be many fresh fun lines to be had. Kuma Otoshi at 11 and 2 will be great, as it was yesterday.
Look out for the Self-Defence Force again on the slopes as they finish their competition off today.
More snow expected later this afternoon and into tomorrow followed by a few cloudy days.
Nearby resorts Kamui and Tomamu are also at their peak so far conditions wise for the season at the moment. Tomamu finally has its base and Kamui powder is guilty of many a face shot over the last few days. Read more ...
Friday 29th February 2008, 8:38am
Blue skies and sunshine
A sick day yesterday and another today...cold temperatures, blue skies and amazing views of the peaks with the skifields in fantastic condition after the last snowfall. Runs will be well-groomed, powder will still be fresh in the shade and otsukare beers will be well-deserved and delicious.
Possible snow flurries beginning overnight in the early hours.
Backcountry Travel Advisory as at Feb 29th:
Wind transport of snow has deposited snow in leeward slopes and made current cornices even bigger. Due caution should be taken when entering wind loaded slopes and today's south faces will be exposed to the sun making for potential weak spots on steep faces and around rocks where the sun has warmed them up.
Always assess the slope that you wish to ride with observations of avalanche activity, weather conditions and snow pack tests like the compression or reuch block test.
What a beautiful morning, the sky is a deep blue and so the contrast against the black of the trees and the bright, bright snow really is awe inspiring. What a beautiful planet we live on. Going to be a lot of happy faces today me thinks. None of the gondolas opened yesterday and so you can be sure that there's a lot of untracked powder up there which has the added bonus of being wind blown for a day and the chance to settle into a nice buttery crust. Many satisfying cuts to be made in virgin powder. And let's not forget the sun - creating those splendid 'look at me shadows' which inspire one to stick their finger out into the powder snow whilst carving down a powder slope with the sun behind them. Nice.
It's pretty cold at the moment -8 on the gauge, but it is sure to warm up as the temperature is really only so low at this time due to the lack of cloud cover overnight. More snow on the forecast for tonight tomorrow. Here comes a big grin from the mountains.
Looks like they are saving some snow for the weekend; Dai ichi Gondola at Naeba is closed today. Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 29th February 2008, 8:53am
Yesterday was magic, probably one of the best days of the season. There was lots of snow that had settled nicely, great weather to enjoy it, and fewer powder hounds around to chop it up. I did one powder run it became four, and when I hit the floor I did more.
Looking up from the front door this morning I can see two runs, Ushikubi and Kandahar. Kandahar is perfect coduroy and Ushikubi is mogulled up. Both are bathed in perfect sunshine. It will be very different to yesterdays conditions but still a good day to get up (barring end of season fatigue making me go back to bed).
More snow forecast for Saturday and next week is looking good too.
Yesterday was a mixed bag as far as snow conditions went. Although many parts of the hill were covered in a light but shallow coating of fresh snow there were reports of up to waist deep cover in particular areas, mostly sheltered south facing gullies. Riding across the mountain was generally acceptable but not really worth writing home about. Today on the other hand is a different story. The temperature is only just in the minus range and you can feel the warmth of the sun beating down on your back out there. There is an inescapable sound of dripping everywhere in the village which is obviously a sign of seasonal change. This is quite surprisng as the weather charts show a cold low pressure cell moving over us some time today, so fingers crossed that the temperature will drop and some fresh snow is coming. Read more ...