Bluebirds Flying in Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on December 28, 2010

Blue bird start to the day here with some awesome views across the Valley this morning
Nice conditions up top still light on down low

But the resort is pushing ahead opening some of the lower runs.
Probably in anticipation of the dump due tonight and the New Years rush of guests

The opened Utopia late yesterday afternoon for a while, reports were it was doable but could use some more snow
Today they have opened Challenger and Hikage slopes so something for everyone there

Enjoy the sunshine while it last as looks like will turn snowy from tonight with heavy snow predicted

The resort now has 11,800m of skiable courses open.

Courses open:

Yamabiko cours A
Yamabiko course B
Yamabiko course C
Yamabiko course D
Yamabiko course E
Kogenashi A course
Kogenashi B course
Yunomine A
Yunomine B
Mizunashi A
Mizunashi B
Paradise Link

Lifts operating:

Nagasaka Gondola (both sections)
The two Yamabiko quad lifts and Uenodaira 4
Hikage Gondola
Skyline connecting pair
Yu Road connecting up to Hikage
Paradise 4
Yunomine Pair
Mizunashi Triple

New Years is not far away now and everyone is busy preparing their houses to welcome in the New Year. It is a bit like Christmas time in other countries and a wreath is put above the door as a Shinto symbol to clean the house for the new year. In Nozawa a Mikan or mandarin takes the centre piece
Hopefully the Gods will smile on us with some nice snow falls too

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