Calm before the Snow Storm in Nozawa Onsen

by Mark on December 22, 2011

When heavy snow is forecast for Nozawa it is all hands on deck

Base up top: 150 cm                  Temperature; 0 Degrees

Base at bottom; 90 cm

New Snow: 0 cm

Another fine start to the day here in Nozawa and glourious conditions on the mountain. As per usual with a but of sun and warmer temps the base has settled a bit and has had a bit of melt off down in the Village.

Have the feeling it is the calm before the storm though with the dump expected on Saturday night still building with 100cm not unlikely.

Yesterday on the hill there was still lots of fresh tracks to be had and saw a few losing their skis in the powder. Probably wont see those until April now! It was getting pretty heavy on the lower south facing slopes as was expected but terrific on the upper slopes.

Around the Village the young and old are working hard to clear roofs and paths in anticipation of what is coming. It should begin tonight!


Nozawa has lots of 'Soukos' or store houses they looks beautiful and a great place to stash teh spare skis!

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