No fresh snow, a day for the pistes

by Mark on January 20, 2017


The unbelievable views of a clear day at Nozawa Onsen.

The unbelievable views of a clear day at Nozawa Onsen.

Base at top: 300 cm

Temp at Top: -8 Degree

Base at Uenotaira station: 230 cm

New snow since close: 0 cm

Weather: Clear, valley fog

Much like two days ago we have some morning fog floating about the valleys. The village is entirely shrouded giving a highly atmospheric feel but at higher elevations its a different story. The top of the mountain is basking in sunshine, all be it with decidedly chilly temperatures of around -8c. While the atmosphere is not quite as clear as Wednesday, there will surely be some photogenic views from Yamabiko and so this area holds my highest recommendations for the day. With no fresh snow overnight it’ll be all about the groomers today. They will be fast and thanks to the light crowds, very smooth. The valley fog will dissipate later.

Yesterday was also quite a step down from Wednesday but still very good. It was extremely quiet on the mountain, i suspect many took a day off to rest. Even though fresh snowfalls from the preceding night weren’t significant, strong overnight winds blew in snow to almost cover most tracked areas. Heavy fog covered the mountain for much of the morning, partially clearing during the afternoon.

Looking ahead at the forecast we should see snowfalls kick off again tonight with moderate falls predicted, increasing into tomorrow morning. It will then partly cloudy on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning as a small nearby low pressure inflow makes it presence known. From Sunday night or Monday morning the temperatures will become very cold with consistent snow from the NW for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Precipitation rates aren’t as high as last week but we are expecting some very decent accumulations over this time period. Later in the week an out of place high pressure will move over Japan influencing fine conditions.

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