Snow and weather reports posted on Wednesday 16th January 2019
Friday 6th January 2006, 8:48am
She is a chilly one this morning. The skies have broken and heat has escaped the valley through the clear night leaving us with a chilly blue bird day with wispy light powder on and off the piste. Only a slight trace of new overnight but the cold dry air should have sucked some of the moisture from the snowpack and left us with lighter snow then yesterday.
Todays temperature will rise durring the day with solar radiation.
There has been rapid settling within the last couple of days in the snow pack. This should help to stabilize the pack but be aware that there are still layers in the upper 70 cm of the pack that will still be sliding. Be careful of the New Years day sun crust as with the low temperatures this will not be breaking up and there is a chance that faceting may be occurring below this crust if low temps persist. Thick wind slab will still be lurking in pockets and chutes, so be very careful in steep terrain especially around rocky outcrops and when moving from thin snow pack areas like wind scoured ridges.
Be aware of rising temperatures and intense solar radiation on Southern exposures as this might warm things up in the upper snow pack and loosen one of those slabs over the sun crust.
Be increasingly cautious in steeper terrain. (>30 degree slopes) Read more ...
Nozawa Onsen Now!
Friday 6th January 2006, 9:04am
Calm, overcast, snowing with good to fair visibility. Quiet today, virtually no visitors on the slopes so far. Fresh tracks abound. Nothing to complain about really.
INFO: Locals are preparing for the upcoming Fire Festival on the 15th. Jan.; it should be a blast, as usual. Read more ...
Friday 6th January 2006, 9:54am
Cloud, light snow at times
The big news of the morning - it isn't snowing! It was 30 minutes or so ago, but for now the snow has stopped and it is actually quite bright and we can actually see the mountains for a change... and right now the sun is actually shining.
It won't last for long though apparently, with snow forecast to move in later in the day and for some fairly heavy snow to be falling once more tomorrow.
The slopes are looking very inviting today though, so a good chance to get out there - just keep in mind to be extra careful where you go as there is a lot of fresh snow out there.
Only the central part of Gala Yuzawa is open today. Kagura seems to be open and parts of Naeba are still closed.
In other snow news, it seems that Yuzawa town have already used up over half of their "snow moving" budget for the season - the total budget being about 100,000,000 yen. It has also been reported that in Niigata prefecture there have been 9 deaths, 31 serious injuries and 61 slight injuries due to people moving the snow and/or avalanches - this time last year there had only been 15 incidents in total. So the huge snowfall is having a big effect on life in Snow Country.
Early on it was cloudy and not very good visibility, but things seem to be picking up as the day progresses with clouds lifting and we are not able to see more of the area. It's another cold morning with some fresh snow and so the slopes should generally be in very good conditions.