Nozawa Onsen Accommodation, Nagano, The Alps Japan

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Nozawa Holidays - Ski Japan

Nozawa Holidays – Ski Japan

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Nozawa Onsen is a very traditional town with beautiful hot springs, friendly locals, and awesome snow. Our Lodge gives you amazing value and we have a range of accommodation to suit any budget.

  • The Lodge is only 100m to the slopes and short stroll to town
  • Relaxed and comfortable atmosphere
  • In the centre of Japan’s main Island Honshu easy access from anywhere
  • You can fly direct to Tokyo or Nagoya and there is a shuttle bus direct to the Lodge
  • English and Japanese Speaking Staff to help with all your needs
  • Unique and beautiful place with breathtaking nature and culture
  • Nozawa Village is also famous for its hot springs, there are many nearby
  • Lots of terrain, with Gondolas, high speed quads, and long runs – very few lift lines
  • And of course, there’s plenty to do in Nozawa Onsen
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“Thanks Mark – we were first invited to Nozawa years ago and have been enjoyed the skiing, the village and your hospitality ever since.  Thanks for helping us enjoy it so much,” Lyndell, Paper Divas

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Top 5 Reasons To Ski In Japan

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View from the toilet, Nozawa Onsen.

View from the toilet, Nozawa Onsen.

 

Base at top: 300 cm

Temp at Top: -6 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 215 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Clear

Snowfalls eased overnight as the wind swung around to the SW and as a result we have no significant increase in coverage since first lifts yesterday. Right now out the window its partly cloudy with occasional breaks of sunshine, its going to be a mostly fine day on the hill. Make sure you bring the camera up with some luck you may capture to Sea of Japan, potentially visible to the West (look back towards the lifts from the top of Yamabiko). The best skiing will be at Yamabiko early with fine quality on and off piste. When this becomes tracked the mid station lifts will be the next port of call for some fun intermediate level powder runs through the trees. This area is great for avoiding the weekend crowds with a double and triple chair running. For more advanced riders the skyline blacks will be worth a look all though be wary of the glide crack that has formed on Grandprix.

Yesterday we saw strong winds ease into the afternoon and as the clouds gradually lifted it revealed some fresh wind lips and other features created by the shifting snow. In the absence of any sun the snow remained in top shape with knee deep powder that fell throughout the day across the resort. From first to last lifts an additional 20cm collected from top to bottom. Foul weather seemed to keep the crowds at bay that would otherwise would have been substantial. Stability at the moment is very low with numerous wind driven slab avalanches across the slopes. Glide cracks are also beginning to open up thanks to last weeks heavy falls. As per usual, do not duck ropes; especially those with inflated egos. You may find yourself in trouble very quickly.

Analysing the forecast we can expect about 3 days of cold Siberian flow from Sunday night until at some point on Wednesday. This should produce consistent falls of excellent quality powder snow perhaps totalling between 20-30cm per day. The heaviest falls look to occur on Sunday night and Tuesday which will be accompanied by moderate NW winds. Thursday looks like it will be clear but remain very cold. On Friday we expect temperatures to warm. Im not too certain on how the weather patterns will fall from Friday onwards. At this stage its looking extremely variable with a soupy mix of high and low pressure.

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Thunderstorms and fresh snow

by Mark on January 21, 2017

Nozawa Onsen back street under snow.

Nozawa Onsen back street under snow.

Base at top: 305 cm

Temp at Top: -5 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm

New snow since close: 10 cm

Weather: Heavy snow

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.

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No fresh snow, a day for the pistes

by Mark on January 20, 2017

 

The unbelievable views of a clear day at Nozawa Onsen.

The unbelievable views of a clear day at Nozawa Onsen.

Base at top: 300 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Clear, valley fog

Much like two days ago we have some morning fog floating about the valleys. The village is entirely shrouded giving a highly atmospheric feel but at higher elevations its a different story. The top of the mountain is basking in sunshine, all be it with decidedly chilly temperatures of around -8c. While the atmosphere is not quite as clear as Wednesday, there will surely be some photogenic views from Yamabiko and so this area holds my highest recommendations for the day. With no fresh snow overnight it’ll be all about the groomers today. They will be fast and thanks to the light crowds, very smooth. The valley fog will dissipate later.

Yesterday was also quite a step down from Wednesday but still very good. It was extremely quiet on the mountain, i suspect many took a day off to rest. Even though fresh snowfalls from the preceding night weren’t significant, strong overnight winds blew in snow to almost cover most tracked areas. Heavy fog covered the mountain for much of the morning, partially clearing during the afternoon.

Looking ahead at the forecast we should see snowfalls kick off again tonight with moderate falls predicted, increasing into tomorrow morning. It will then partly cloudy on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning as a small nearby low pressure inflow makes it presence known. From Sunday night or Monday morning the temperatures will become very cold with consistent snow from the NW for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Precipitation rates aren’t as high as last week but we are expecting some very decent accumulations over this time period. Later in the week an out of place high pressure will move over Japan influencing fine conditions.

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Yamabiko at first lifts yesterday

Yamabiko at first lifts yesterday

Base at top: 315 cm

Temp at Top: -6 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm

New snow since close: 5 cm

Weather: Light snow

What a day it was yesterday! For those lucky enough to get up early would have seen some amazing atmospheric clarity as they rose above the valley fog aboard the Nagasaka gondola. The Sea of Japan and the horizon over the ocean was clearly visible. Even Sado Island way off to the NW was sighted. The mighty Japanese Alps all the way to Hakuba extended across the skyline providing ample mind skiing. It wasn’t until around midday when photochemical haze spoiled the long distance views. And what about the snow. It was phenomenal. Deep, cold powder snow that was much improved from the day before. Excellent skiing was had across the mountain with nothing but happy faces (except for those who missed out). Many of the multi season staff were remarking that it was one of the best days skiing they have ever had, myself included. More again please 🙂

We woke this morning at 630am to some light flurries of snow and the loud sirens of the earthquake alarm. Luckily nothing eventuated, however earthquakes are always in the back of your mind in Japan. From last lifts to 8am we had 5cm of fresh snow fall, perhaps a little more since then. If you are paying close attention to the base depth figure you may have noticed a decline back towards the three meter mark. This is simple the natural compaction of the snowpack as the snowflakes break down and air in compressed out after fresh snowfall has occurred.

Out skiing and boarding today you’ll notice the snow is slightly heavier powder, similar to Tuesday. Nevertheless it will be a fun day on the hill with good turns through the Yamabiko trees and smooth groomers across the lower pistes. The crowds are light and the mountain is currently shrouded by fog above 1000m.

According to the forecast we expect light snow showers to continue on and off today, perhaps clearing later this afternoon. Then tomorrow night we will see another round of snow of much the same quality as today. Which will continue into Sunday morning. From then one another much colder batch of snow is due for early next week. potentially clearing again around Wednesday or Thursday.

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A villager exits the cooking onsen after recent heavy snowfalls

A villager exits the cooking onsen after recent heavy snowfalls

 

 

Base at top: 330 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 245 cm

New snow since close: 20 cm

Weather: Clear

The storm is over. Delivering a parting gift of 20cm overnight there are now clear blue skies and bright sunshine above the mountains. A bluebird powder day. In the valleys we have a dense but spectacular sea of fog. Bring the camera up today as there will surely be some amazing views with fresh snow frosting the trees framed by a backdrop of piercing snow clad peaks. To recap from the past week we have received a grand total of 385cm from the entirety of this run of snow. It is remarkable to have such a prolonged run of heavy falls and we are now well set up for the long season ahead. The skiing today will be good, best early as temperatures are forecast to climb during the afternoon. When this happens the best snow will be found on north facing slopes and shaded valleys such as Nagasaka, Challenge and of course, Yamabiko. Some slopes may become sun affected and heavy especially on the lower mountain.

Yesterday we had some unusual weather patterns. While heavy snow continued to fall, adding another 20cm throughout the day, temperatures were surprisingly high, hovering at -5c up top and 0c in the village. This made the snow heavy going and vastly different from the perfection of Monday. Nevertheless it was still much more fun than working so who can complain. As expected the mountain was nicely uncrowded.

According to the forecast we should have a few days of variable weather and overnight snow showers. Light snow is expected overnight tonight before a partly cloudy afternoon for tomorrow. Friday will warm a touch before heavy snow moves over the region once more overnight into Saturday. Further moderate to heavy falls are expected into early next week.

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