The Dump Begins!

by Mark on December 17, 2014

Lubo explores the village

Lubo explores the village

Base up top: 210 cm Temp Top; -7 Degrees
Base at bottom; 150 cm
New Snow since close: 25 cm
Weather; Light snow
Heavily overcast conditions have engulfed Nozawa Onsen this morning and we have some light snow falling across the mountain. Unfortunately high winds are forecast so fingers crossed the resort is able to open the upper lifted areas. As usual, this system looks to be slightly delayed in comparison to forecast timings, expect snowfall intensity to build steadily throughout the day. Best riding today again will be Yamabiko, provided wind intensity is below the safety margin for lift operation.

Yesterday we saw strong prefrontal winds aloft which kept the Nagasaka Gondola closed all day. With only the Nagasaka Quad open, most people took to clearing snow in preparation for the upcoming dump, or checking out the sights of the village, a hive of midwinter activity. The local cooking onsen is a popular and fascinating sight as is exploring the shrines and temples towards the northern corner of the village. As usual, a trip to one of the thirteen free onsens is highly recommended to warm cold snowy frothers.

Heavy snow should continue tomorrow before receding into tomorrow. Friday should be absolutely pumping with deep powder, light winds and bluebird conditions. Fine conditions are expected up until sunday, when more snow is expected.

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