Precipitation Day!

by Mark on January 22, 2015

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Yudanaka snow monkeys.

Base up top: 380 cm    Temp Top; -2 Degrees

Base at bottom; 255 cm

New Snow since close: 0 cm

Weather; Overcast


If you want to ski today then make sure you get up on the hill as early as possible as rain is in the forecast for all but the very upper slopes. Otherwise it could be a good day to take a rest, avoiding the inclement weather. Perhaps explore Nozawa’s winding streets and alleys, visiting the nearby snow monkeys or taking the onsen challenge. Can you do all thirteen free onsens in one day? For those still keen on hitting the hill it will be quite nice on the groomed runs with some quality wax on your base and a waterproof outer layer.

Yesterday started with the promise of sun but by mid morning the clouds moved back in obscuring beautiful long range views. No worries when there is powder around. Fresh tracks from top to bottom were found all day long and even though the snow became heavier it was still great fun for all involved. Those attacking the groomers were rewarded with nice smooth slopes that held good speed underfoot.

According to the forecast the freezing level should gradually decline today from 1500 meters this morning to 600 meters overnight, reaching zero by tomorrow afternoon. Moderate precipitation amounts are expected from now till tomorrow afternoon, heaviest overnight. A clearing trend is expected Friday night with Saturday a perfect bluebird. Variable conditions early next week and then a solid dump later next week.

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