Light Snow

by Mark on March 14, 2013

Madarao and unknown resort in the distance we can see the towering Hakuba range over 65km away.

Base up top: 330cm        Temp Top; -11 Degrees

Base at bottom: 155cm

New Snow since close: 10cm

We have some light snow in Nozawa Onsen at the moment. After some rain last night the precipitation quickly turned to snow delivering 10cm of fresh up high, 3cm was recorded in the village.

The conditions will be great for skiing and boarding today with excellent spring powder, cold temperatures and small crowds. Tree runs will be the pick trapping deeper stashes and offering improved visibility. The groomers will also be in fine form today with fast soft corduroy created for your carving pleasure, courtesy of the Nozawa grooming team. We expect moderate winds to decrease as the day moves on with even some sun a possibility this afternoon.

Yesterday was an unusually warm day for this time of year. Hot sunshine and temperatures of 17C in the village meant t-shirts were more than appropriate for the conditions. The best riding was had in the morning before the extreme warmth, when conditions were slushy but fast. Later in the day all but the most well ridden areas became fairly sticky, especially the lower slopes.

During the next few days predictions tend to indicate a general clearing trend with a couple of days of sunshine and cool temperatures before another spring warming trend takes hold on Sunday.

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