Chances of powder at that time of year at Niseko are reasonable anyway.Note to self. Must keep hopes in check.
My brain could easily get carried away with dreams of proper powder turns.
Chances of powder at that time of year at Niseko are reasonable anyway.
The snowfall on 16th Dec and the next 6 days:
Mind you, you take central Japan (Myoko) and there can be even more snow sometimes....
Generally, Japan has distinct changes throughout the year. The last step change in Tokyo happened about a week or two ago, where the daytime temperatures dropped to the 18-22 degrees range, and nights 11-12. The next step looks like happening from about the 15th November, where day times look to be in the region of 14-17, nights 9-10.Sounds impressive. We’ve seen big dumps of snow but Hokkaido especially appears to be very reliable from mid December which is fairly unique when comparing to most areas in Europe, Canada, US and central Japan.
I’ll be happy even if I’ve got to rent the skinny skis and work on my carving on the groomers.
It has been decided to scrap them.
Big winds and heavy rain this morning in Furano preceeding the cold change. Cold air kicked in about 11:30 am in Asahikawa, then about 3:00 pm, back in Furano, in came the snow and its been snowing steadily since. This is at street/town level. Green turned white over the last two hours. Hoping the above prediction holds and we wake up to some morning exercise (snow clearing!).
Edit: Just want to add, some comments about this being an early season posted earlier in this thread. This is not an early season, in fact, a few week late for central Hokkaido. This is a big November snowfall coming though, no doubt about that, so might be a good season starter, but not an early season. Furano ski resort on track to open the same time as they have over the last few years, weekend after this (end of November).
Furano Resort, at 10:00 am, reporting 45 cm at the top of gondola and 20 cm at the bottom. Here is a pic from outside our window just now at 180mASL just outside Furano, about 25+cm in the last 24 hours and snowing consistently. This vista had green grass and no snow yesterday at 2:00 pm.according to JMA Furano has got a current snow depth of 14 cms.
wonder how much they had on the ski field
@Ramenman that prediction was spot on. We have 50cm snow depth on the picnic tables at our place (180ASL) and with the snow settling under its own weight, I'd say total snowfall since Thursday would be over 60cm, thats at town level. Resort opening next Saturday, 23rd, right on schedule.Snow forecast between 9am this morning and 9am of 17th(Sunday). Purple around Furano =More than 60cm. I hope it actually happens. JMA release a monthly forecast every Thursday (they released the newest one yesterday) and they say it is likely that Nov16 - Dec16 is warmer than average season(I don't count on their long-term forecast, though).
Sorry for asking the same question over and over again..According to the current condition and forecast, is the first two weeks in December in Shiga Kogan and HAKUBA going to be good for a beginner skier? I will be really happy with good groomed snow coverage so I can have lesson the mornings and practice in the afternoons.
I saw a map above forecasting the northern area will have better snow. Should I consider to go to the Appi Kogen instead? Or should I just make up my mind and go to Hokkaido?