Cold arctic smoke and 10/10 skiing today

by Mark on January 25, 2017

Village scenes, Nozawa Onsen.

Village scenes, Nozawa Onsen.

Base at top: 350 cm

Temp at Top: -10 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 275 cm

New snow since close: 15 cm

Weather: Snow

Looks like we are in for another day that will be up there with the best. Light snow has continued to fall overnight refreshing the mountain back to a clean slate. Temperatures remain very cold and the winds are moderate with limited visibility becoming apparent with altitude gain. If the past few days are anything to go by crowds will be non existent. Time to get out there.

Yesterday was an insane day. Heavy snow feel all day long providing fresh tracks right up to last lifts with 25cm accumulating during the daylight hours. There was hardly anyone on the mountain, probably due to the extreme cold. Deep powder snow that blanketed the resort was as good as it gets; light and extremely dry it was particularly easy to manoeuvre through. With fresh tracks from first to last lifts who can complain. It sure is a hard life!

For today, snow showers will gradually ease becoming more isolated later. By early tomorrow we are expecting clear weather and it will probably be another day to remember with blue sky and so much cold, fresh powder. On Friday it will be good again earlier before temperatures rapidly warm. Unfortunately we may experience some rain in the afternoon which will quickly turn to overnight snow. Saturday is looking to be partly cloudy before another tropical low pressure reaches the mountains. We should see further showers from this on Sunday, turning to snow by Monday. All in all, extremely variable weather into the foreseeable future. Nothing too unusual for this stage in the season though. Im sure the snow tap will be turned on once more very soon.

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