Sandy said:Timing is everything.....
But if you know when the time is, you have a better chance at hitting the big snow.
My rule of thumb:
- Optimum time for reliable big dumps in central Japan, along with a good base: Last 3 weeks in January.
- Next best: 1st week January, first 3 weeks in February.
This year: Last 3 weeks in January, first 2 weeks in February were mostly nuking. (from around 9th Jan - 18th Feb)
Other things to consider:
If you're going to Hokkaido & central Japan in February, go to Hokkaido last.
If you're going to several places in central Japan mid/late February, go to the lowest places first, higher places later. (e.g. Myoko first, Shiga Kogen later)
If I hadn't gone in Feb...I would have taken the family around the 8th aprilHeinz said:
on nowSandy said:
nice...going north by norwestHeinz said:I should be getting pretty good value out of my 4 day pass.
Narita - Nagano (Y11,080)
Nagano - Ueno (Y7,770)
Ueno - Shin-Aomori (Y16,170)
Shin-Aomori - Ueno (Y16,170)
Total value of Y51,190 for Y20,000.
Hacski said:Funny that, I dropped the skis into the local store this morning to have a full service as they were worse the wear from the odd stones in US, and the proprietor was talking about plans for himself and any interested customers to head back to Shiga Kogen at the end of January.