The Official "I'm always thinking about Japow" Thread
El Nino. Bad news for "Japow"
(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. 😉
175lbs | 5’9” | US 10.5
80kg | 180cm | EU 44.5 / Mondo 28.5
Boards: 157-167 | All-mountain powder/carve/snowsurf.
Bindings: Genesis X, Mala Vita, Cartel | Medium
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