Bluebird Expected

by Mark on March 4, 2013

Exploring tree lined chutes in Nozawa Onsen.

Base up top: 380cm        Temp Top; -13 Degrees

Base at bottom: 200cm

New Snow since close: 1cm

We have had a light dusting of snow overnight in Nozawa Onsen; not much, but it’s enough to freshen up the cover.

It’s currently overcast with light winds and we expect clouds to move away some time this morning with a clear bluebird day forecast. Temperatures are set to remain relatively cool with a freezing level at about 600m.

Groomed runs will be silky smooth and fast this morning and are set to remain in excellent condition with light weekday crowds. Through the trees will be mostly tracked out in obvious areas but with a bit of a hunt plenty of powder stashes are still on offer.

Yesterday was another great day. With the fresh snow the whole mountain was in great form and the weekend crowds relished in the conditions. Off piste it was still possible to feel the icy base beneath and there were a few submerged death cookies, which required a good sense of the terrain, but riding was otherwise great.

Looking further ahead at the extended forecast we expect snow showers tomorrow. These will be the last for some time so best to make the most of the conditions. Following that we expect an extended run of clear, warm spring days and cool nights. A gradual warming trend will occur until Saturday, when a brief cool change is looking likely.

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