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09/11/2018 4:31 am  
Posted by: yukiotokosama
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El Nino. Bad news for "Japow"

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-japan-weather-elnino/japan-weather-bureau-says-el-nino-appears-to-have-formed-idUSKCN1NE0CO

(Locals tell me 15-16 was a terrible season.)

I wouldn't be too concerned. El Nino is finicky and you never know what the impact will be. The PNW is more susceptible to the El Nino effect than Japan.

Finicky for sure. In the 15/16 El Nino, Hakkoda saw 1/2 its usual snowfall, whereas Niseko and Furano were "business as usual."

That said, Hakkoda's first snow was a week late this year, and Sapporo (the city, so…) did not have snow in October for the first time in 28 years. The whole north is reporting way above average temps.

So, I am cautiously optimistic. But I am also still looking forward to just being up there all season. Folks flying in for a week or two of "japow" might feel different. 😉


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09/11/2018 6:18 am  

hokkaido will be business as usual with houses buried in snow like how its been for thousands of years! 


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01/12/2018 10:39 pm  

Hakkoda's on. (Well, you gotta hike it though 😉


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01/12/2018 11:44 pm  
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Hakkoda's on. (Well, you gotta hike it though 😉

So jealous. Bone dry down here. Road trip....hmmm


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02/12/2018 2:40 am  
Posted by: yukiotokosama
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Hakkoda's on. (Well, you gotta hike it though 😉

So jealous. Bone dry down here. Road trip....hmmm

I wouldn't… yet. They don't let ya on the ropeway with board/skis yet, and it's pretty touch and go. Like, tomorrow it's supposedly going to rain cats and dogs at the summit, and then Tuesday it'll be -7°C. By current forecast it won't even be worth heading up til Thursday.

Locals are confident things will be well underway by mid-December though.

 


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02/12/2018 3:41 am  
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Hakkoda's on. (Well, you gotta hike it though 😉

So jealous. Bone dry down here. Road trip....hmmm

I wouldn't… yet. They don't let ya on the ropeway with board/skis yet, and it's pretty touch and go. Like, tomorrow it's supposedly going to rain cats and dogs at the summit, and then Tuesday it'll be -7°C. By current forecast it won't even be worth heading up til Thursday.

Locals are confident things will be well underway by mid-December though.

 

I was thinking more later this month.  Mid-December sounds about normal from what I remember. I used to go hiking up there early season and always had good days. Hopefully we start getting snow down here in Nagano soon. 


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20/12/2018 10:57 pm  

I've just finalised plans for 2 weeks of Japow late Jan-early Feb - first stop Aizu, and then meeting up with some friends in Niseko. 

First trip was to Hakuba, and second trip was to Myoko - it's been a couple of years between drinks but safe to say nowhere quite scratches that powder itch like Japan. 

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07/01/2019 12:45 am  

Havin'a dry season? I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but…

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 no pow ain't one.

 


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07/01/2019 2:32 pm  
Posted by: Triple8Sol

My buddy and I just booked a Japow trip before the holidays, so we'll be there next week! Will be in Hokkaido Thurs 1/17-Tues 1/22, then Hakuba until Sat 1/26.

We rented an RV for Hokkaido, with no set destinations, so we're mobile and flexible. Don't have any accommodations lined up for the Hakuba leg yet lol.

Any of you kooks gonna be around?

 

How was renting an RV? I'll be in Hokkaido for 6 days just after you leave, no real plans except to see some friends in Niseko and ride a couple of days there. Not sure on my accommodation options at the moment either haha

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07/01/2019 2:50 pm  
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Havin'a dry season? I feel bad for you son. I got 99 problems but…

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 no pow ain't one.

 

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22/02/2019 4:55 pm  

The locals are calling it. Pow season in Japan is over.  Far north might get another dump, but spring is in the air there too.

Glad I got more than a few days like this in


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24/02/2019 10:56 pm  

I didn't realize there were so many people around Japan on here. I'm in Niigata, finishing up my 5th year living here. I just spent a couple weeks off work showing my cousin around and man, last week turned into spring pretty quickly. We found a little fresh last week off piste at Nozawa and in wind loaded trees yesterday at Kagura. Hopefully March will hold some  10-20cm powder days at the top of Kagura.


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24/02/2019 11:14 pm  
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I didn't realize there were so many people around Japan on here. I'm in Niigata, finishing up my 5th year living here. I just spent a couple weeks off work showing my cousin around and man, last week turned into spring pretty quickly. We found a little fresh last week off piste at Nozawa and in wind loaded trees yesterday at Kagura. Hopefully March will hold some  10-20cm powder days at the top of Kagura.

Sweet! I'm in Kanagawa and mostly day trip to Gunma or overnight to Hakuba. However, I plan to spend more time in Niigata next winter. 

 

Just spent 6 days in Aizu and the first day was good. The rain and warm temps definitely sucked, but still found some decent pow as late as Saturday at Nekoma. Took a long trip to Nakatsue in southern Fukushima and rode the longest single chair I've ever seen. Plus they have a decent pipe.


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24/02/2019 11:15 pm  
Posted by: Bopuc

The locals are calling it. Pow season in Japan is over.  Far north might get another dump, but spring is in the air there too.

Glad I got more than a few days like this in

Yep. Was planning a Hakkoda trip for March, but will probably scratch that. Next season, hopefully.


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25/02/2019 9:14 pm  
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I didn't realize there were so many people around Japan on here. I'm in Niigata, finishing up my 5th year living here. I just spent a couple weeks off work showing my cousin around and man, last week turned into spring pretty quickly. We found a little fresh last week off piste at Nozawa and in wind loaded trees yesterday at Kagura. Hopefully March will hold some  10-20cm powder days at the top of Kagura.

Sweet! I'm in Kanagawa and mostly day trip to Gunma or overnight to Hakuba. However, I plan to spend more time in Niigata next winter. 

 

Just spent 6 days in Aizu and the first day was good. The rain and warm temps definitely sucked, but still found some decent pow as late as Saturday at Nekoma. Took a long trip to Nakatsue in southern Fukushima and rode the longest single chair I've ever seen. Plus they have a decent pipe.

How good is Aizu! Had 5 days there late Jan, got some really good pow days. 

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