Japan Japanese snow season 2016-17

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  1. gibbsy

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    Booking flexibility is key. Basing trip plan on last seasons weather will have you missing snow more than weather knowledge will have you scoring it.
     
  2. Stiffler

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    And time on ground as well is a big plus
     
  3. snowishing

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    Still snowing in Myoko. 15cm or so of nice fluffy stuff overnight with wind easing off.
     
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  4. smitty484

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    Man this next week looks good for Honshu
     
  5. argento

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    please elaborate...
    I arrive day after tomorrow
     
  6. Jellybeans

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    Lots of snow for Honshu.
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  7. Tree Breaker Bob

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    We have already got heaps in Honshu

    I am now at a single ropeway with one chairlift and no grooming, steep and deep through the trees

    Not saying where although there is some other Aussies here but not many

    Bob
     
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  8. Tonester

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    And how's the outlook for central Hokkaido looking on or about the 20th? I know it's a way out still, but..
     
  9. Tonester

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    And when you say "lots of snow for Honshu" are you including Tohoku region ?
     
  10. Jellybeans

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    20-22nd Period looks pretty good on GFS.
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    CFS prefers the 22-23nd Feb.

    But this is for Honshu, the poor couple of weeks in Hokkaido is forecast to continue.
     
  11. seekingpow

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    Scored up to two feet of dry Hokkaido powder in BC near Kamui yesterday. Day of the trip. Shame it will be only deep powder day of short trip this year. It was a very brief flash of classic Hokkaido yesterday. Back to mild and sunny in central Hokkaido today
     
  12. bullet

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    Beats working :)
     
  13. blutek

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    Constant light snow a Rusutsu yesterday. More people in the restaurant than on snow. Sunny at Niseko this morning.
     
  14. seekingpow

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    Indeed :D
     
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  15. Sandy

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    Snow.forecast freeze level for central Japan was saying 1000m this afternoon, but I just couldn't see that on GFS.... Hakuba is still minus degrees, and was snowing lightly this morning at Happo and in the valley. Almost no wind, and moderate falling snow half way up. Up the very top a slight SW wind, consistent a weak low pressure trough in the Sea of Japan.
    Snow forecast in Tokyo today by JMA, Osaka today and tomorrow, and in Fukuoka (Kyushu) for 3 days
     
  16. ojisan

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    snow is even in the forecast for Kagoshima
     
  17. Jon snow

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    There was a sleety snow mix when I woke up in Tokyo this morning. Then turned to rain for the rest of the morning. Absolutely freezing standing in the rain waiting for our bus to the airport
     
  18. PMG

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    We're in Kagoshima atm (wishing we were still in northern Honshu though). It has been snowing on top of Sakurajima all day but only rain in the city so far. We were supposed to go to Yakushima Island this morning but all ferries and hydrofoils cancelled due to rough seas. A real blast of cold down here.
     
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  19. Seafm

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    verified by the Seafm Jnr crew currently in Tokyo.
     
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  20. Sandy

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    Heavy snow warning for Hakuba, Otari, Omachi.

    JMA advisories and warnings(in red).

    Omachi-shi:
    Heavy snow
    Thunderstorm
    Avalanche

    Hakuba-mura:
    Heavy snow
    Thunderstorm
    Avalanche

    Otari-mura:
    Heavy snow
    Thunderstorm
    Avalanche
     
  21. PMG

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    Snowing in Kagoshima this morning.
     
  22. blutek

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    Calm and light cloud in NIseko aat 08:00
     
  23. woggybot

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    I'm hoping for a big change in Hokkaido forecast after these few days!!!
     
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  24. Chondro

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    We leave hokkaido on the 18th of feb after being here for 2 months
    Watch it return back to normal winter then and snow like crazy
     
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  25. Sandy

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    Well, I'm getting there on the 21St. Some people say I'm a snow magnet, but I'm not so sure.... Perhaps my car is the snow magnet ;)

    Oh, BTW, knee deep at Hakuba Norikura this morning ;)
     
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  26. D64133

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    I arrive on the 19th will look after the snow for you, ;)
     
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  27. blowfin

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    Why so coy? Sounds a lot like hakkoda
     
  28. pedub

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    What was rusutsu off-piste like?
    Looks like nothing tonight in Hokkaido so trying to decide where to go tomorrow.

    Snow should start tomorrow afternoon I hope
     
  29. Beerman

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    It was mid january as well :)
     
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  30. blutek

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    Offpiste and OOB was tracked but still okay on Thursday with light snow falling. Kiroro may be a better choice on Saturday and will get more snow than Rusutsu, when it starts to fall.
     
  31. pedub

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    Not hopeful that any snow will turn up before lifts close at Kiroro. I'm guessing Niseko has been totally thrashed?

    I'm thinking some fun in the trees at Rusutu or BC at Kokusai should be still some untracked stuff from Wednesday
     
  32. Marc8491927

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    I couldn't find anything likely in Niseko today, Kiroro for Sunday is our plan.
     
  33. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Hmmmmm It's just nice and Japanese not spoilt by tourists yet, although as it's really advanced and for the adventurous I doubt it will be overrun

    Bob
     
  34. blowfin

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    Yeah that's my impression of the place from what I've read. Definitely for the intrepid and experienced, and something you'd want a guide for. I'm jealous, hopefully I'll make it there someday. Enjoy :thumbs:
     
  35. blowfin

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    About 10cm overnight at Zao according to hotel staff. The ropeway queue is only out to 2 rotations. There's a nice buzz about the place.
     
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  36. Partic

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    I'd be interested to hear what the experienced members think the warm weather this week means for hakuba's snow quality. There doesn't appear to be moisture with it, so I'm hoping not much. Our first day there is Friday. Thanks.
     
  37. blowfin

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    Good accumulation since mid afternoon at Zao
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  38. mr muddle

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    Speaking from hakuba now it feels pretty goid to me. Today it snowed constantly til about 430pm. Not sure how warm its meant to get but there has been plenty over the last week. Should be fine
     
  39. Jellybeans

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    Heat only looks like for about 48 hrs. Wouldn't be very worried.
     
  40. Chondro

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    Will be staying at yamagata this time next week and bussing up to zao each day.
    Will you still be around then @blowfin ?
     
  41. benjiboy

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    Was puking last night in Kawaba and still snowing steadily. Not sure how much they had - maybe a foot. Pretty cold -7 or so at the base. Today looks good :)
     
  42. Tree Breaker Bob

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    Guides are 4,000 yen a day each in a group booking and you will do some hiking 30 minutes or so, also snow shoes are required. Basically you get a guide for every ten people but the average is about 14 - 15. If money is not a problem then 40,000 yen will buy you a private guide

    We had snow 30 cm first night,70 cm next night but both days we spent there visibility was an issue up high so we will be going back next year for a longer time as the snow monsters were awesome and would like to ski the top half with our eyes as well as our ski tips

    At little Australia now and although the variety of terrain is good it's become to busy for my liking and your yen goes further elsewhere, coffee at Hanazono is good although $7 au a cup

    Bob
     
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  43. Sandy

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  44. Cuppa

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    There were snow flurries in Tokyo on Friday.
     
  45. pedub

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    Kokusai carpark this morning[​IMG]
    And standing on top of my line-of-the-day
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    Very busy here. Loads of guides taking tours over from Niseko (poor Niseko)

    Still don't really get it why this area is getting snow and Niseko is not
     
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  46. Sandy

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    This morning at Myoko:
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  47. Sandy

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    Was ver clear and sunny at Myoko Suginohara this morning, now it's absolutely dumping!!!! :D
     
  48. harks98

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    Hi First time poster here... Im heading over to Nozawa from the 22nd Feb for 10 days. Just curious what the outlook is like for that period or if anyone can point me to a long range forecast that I can read?

    Cheers
     
  49. Seafm

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    @Sandy what's your latest for Hakuba for the next few days? Seafm Jnr and co are there from the 16th-23rd.
     
  50. Incider

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    i concur. those pistes were gorgeous from 2:00 pm onwards...