Questionable Depths

by Mark on December 15, 2014

Path to ski locker last night. An example of depths here at the moment.

Path to ski locker last night. An example of depths here at the moment.

Base up top:  210 cm    Temp Top; -7 Degrees

Base at bottom;  170 cm

New Snow since close:  50 cm

Weather; Heavy snow

Welcome to the Nozawa Onsen daily snow reports for season 2014/15. We hope to provide you with detail weather and relevant resort information tied in with a selection of daily photos from in and around the local area of Nozawa Onsen. Like what you see? Head straight on over to the Nozawa Photos Facebook page and these wall hangers are available purchase starting at 1000 yen.

Wow, what a weekend! The amount of snow that has fallen in the last 48 hours pushes towards the record books for Nozawa Onsen, surpassing 2m yesterday. Locals were saying they haven’t seen such an intense period of snowfall in 18 years. Deep snow walls about the village combined with road heating system failing to keep up has produced an unusually snow laden village, amazing scenes all round. We are hardly a week out of season opening and the resort looks like a mid season winterscape in terms of base depth, its exciting to think what the rest of the season will hold.

The snow became lighter overnight with the moon making an appearance. But we woke this morning to light snow and a bit more wind compared to yesterday. Since last lifts yesterday 50cm has descended across the resort. Be careful out there today, many areas even normal pistes are too deep. A skier was pulled unconscious after falling over in a deep piste run and suffocating, now recovering in hospital. Head to Yamabiko for some quality turns and don’t forget to pack the snorkel!!

We should see snow ease today with a brief respite forecast for tomorrow. This is ideal as it will allow the snowpack to consolidate increasing access in many areas. Another strong front is expected mid this week, possibly just as strong as the current system. Sunshine is expected to make an appearance by the end of the week.

Winter scene.

Winter scene.

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