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Starting Early !!!!

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Nozawaman, Sep 20, 2019.

  1. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  3. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us

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    That's amazing. The snow depth of Kurodake is already 100cm and Hokkaido Police tell hikers / climbers to cancel climbing Kurodake. It's still September, when Tokyo is nearly 30 degrees!
     
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    Any One of Us

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    It's usually around this time isn't it? Yotei first snow is about the same time.
    I remember that last season central Hokkaido was unusually late but Niseko region was still on schedule.
    Although, usually its just a dusting. This time its a full on dump!
     
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  5. geeoff

    geeoff Hard Yards

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    Yes to Yotei!
     
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  6. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    The road there to Yotei is closed already? :eek:
     
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  7. Ramenman

    Ramenman One of Us

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    JMA records 初冠雪 days of major mountains. 冠雪(Kansetsu) = snow cap(it's snow cap, not snowfall) . 初 = The first time. On average, Asahidake(2291m)'s 初冠雪 is September 25th(so this year, 5 days earlier than average). Anyway, 100cm of snowdepth on Kurodake on September 20th is very rare = (so "Starting Early!!!!" is correct, I think;)). 初冠雪 of 2000m mountains of Tohoku is around October 10th. This is a picture of Mt.Chokai(2240m, Yamagata pref- Akita pref) filmed on October 4th last year.
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    Speaking of Mt.Chokai in Tohoku, the ski season is very long there. This video was filmed in the first week of May this year. The mountain is 2240m tall, and the guy in the video is skiing around 1600m. It's very close to the Sea of Japan(only 5km away from the coast). Treeline there is about 1000m. Once you hike up, you can smoothly ski down to 400 - 600m asl = vertical drop is 1000m - 1200m. Some ski from the highest peak(2240m), but majority ski around 1600m. There isn't a ski resort there and "too snowy" might be one of the reasons why there isn't a ski resort on the mountain(Seibu Group = Prince Hotel used to plan to make a ski resort there a long time ago, but the bubble economy burst and they cancelled it. It's what I heard)
     
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  8. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    @Ramenman, 15 cm to 100 cm, and the 100 cm is most likely in the lee of the hut just behind the summit (the one in the picture). Most likely general snow depth is about 15cm but hoping to go and have a look at Tokachi this morning. Last year we had first snow at Kuro Dake on the 22nd of August but was much less of course, a cm or 2. Definitely cool downed here in Furano but autumn colours still only just coming on.
     
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