March Continues to Deliver

by Mark on March 22, 2014

Ghostly trees somewhere in Nozawa.

Ghostly trees somewhere in Nozawa.

Base up top: 385 cm    Temp Top; -8 Degrees

Base at bottom; 165 cm

New Snow since close: 40 cm

Weather; Bluebird, isolated snow showers


Conditions are amazing. March is really putting on a show this year with snowfall totals almost matching January and Feburary but with even less crowds. At the moment we have a crystalline bluebird morning, cold temperatures and heaps of fresh pow. Since close of lifts a massive 40cm has fallen. A perfect day for skiing and boarding in Nozawa Onsen.

All areas will be outstanding today; the groomed runs will be soft and silky smooth and the off piste area will hold deep dry japow. On the other hand the steeper off piste pitches were extremely dangerous yesterday, sliding at the drop of a hat. Be mindful of this. Today is a day requiring avalanche gear if going backcountry. Don’t ski or board alone.

It looks like snow showers have cleared off faster than expected. Its possible that a few isolated falls may occur today but it will likely be clear for at least the next few days. Some snow showers are possible Sunday. Conditions will be cool until then, afterwards about 3 or 4 days of spring skiing is to be expected.

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