The Japanese snow season 2018-2019 Weather

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  1. foxbat

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    looks like its coming down in Niseko......appears to be rain lower down but hopefully snow higher up.....anyone confirm?
     
  2. Ozgirl

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    Yep,

    Snow higher up. We got on the Niseko Village gondola around 11am. Was raining, shortly turned to a winter mix, big fat wet flakes by tower 10.

    Visibility is terrible up at the Ace Rest Hut.

    Snow no longer flakes but hard pellet balls - but IIRC that's actually a good thing? That the weather turning (@Sandy )
     
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  3. foxbat

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    thanks.....good to hear..... I arrive in a couple of days and was hoping for a refresh ......... however little :)
     
  4. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Honesty it's only been 3 days for us (we did a sneaky 2 laps on Sunday after checking in)and we have been very happy with the quality of snow.

    As @LMB said the other day, if this was Thredbo in September, blue bird days, no lift lines, and the snow quality. We would be wondering if we had entered an alternate universe.

    This time 3 years ago we missed two days skiing due to lift closer for high winds. I'd rather the current forecast thanks!
     
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  5. foxbat

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    what's the current forecast looking like?......and into next week?
     
  6. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heavy snow coming early next week, For Niseko
    Dumpasuarus
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  7. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great.
    Just when I’m trying to fly out
     
  8. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    what date?
     
  9. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    10th - early evening - to Haneda - JAL

    Other couple an hour or so before Cathay to HK

    If it were just me I’d change my flights and play with @Ozgirl and yk a bit longer. #2 son arriving on the 14th too. But PB been away 6 weeks and needs to get home to put out little fires - nothing serious but he is needed.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You'll be fine. Just a very bumpy flight
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    How about the low progged to impact Honshu a couple of days later? 980ish. Wowsers.
     
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  12. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    could be some late season goodness
     
  13. Rick Ross Da Boss

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    Perfect just got to Otaru, bring it!
     
  14. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    This a week away
     
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    Purrfect, we just got home!
    It should improve dramatically now, as we are rain magnets.......enjoy :)
     
  16. Sandy

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    Should be changing for the better later on Thursday.
     
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  17. foxbat

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    arrive in Niseko on Sat.....looks like a clear one on the sun and from Monday seems a return to wintery conditions for the week....lets hope no rain and much wind in that mix ( sorry, I dont ask for much? :) )
     
  18. Donzah

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    Chunkin down
    Coastal Honshu
     
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  19. Donzah

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    Heavy snow warnings are out.
    Radar looks insane
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi winter
    Next tuesday
    nuke
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  22. Draizuh

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    Land in CTS on the 14th. :D
     
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  23. Ozgirl

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    It's been snowing big fat flakes for a good hour here at the base of Niseko Village .
     
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    So does one of my sons.
    Lucky fellas.

    I’m not complaining because weather is ... well weather .. but coming for a month mid feb to mid March and getting skunked was fairly unpredictable. I’ve had fabulous ski days in that month, very enjoyable... but I will be jelly watching this thread from home on the 14th!
     
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    I feel your pain!
     
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  26. Mark*V

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    My trip to Hakuba next week may be timed well
     
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  27. Ozgirl

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    It's been snowing lightly (occasionally moderately) all day.
     
  28. Donzah

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    very
     
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  29. Draizuh

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    Even better we got return flights zqn - nrt for nzd1k pp.
     
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  30. Donzah

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    Reminds me of 8 years ago...

    Minus the earthquake
     
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  31. LMB

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    Dude!
    :eek:
     
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    And to continue on the theme.
     
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  33. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was very warm on the hill today!

    Super slushy even at the very top.

    Bring on the cold weather.
     
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    It's raining in Hakuba now. It's forecast to snow. I'm at about 600 metres
     
  35. Donzah

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    Rain until tuesday arvo I think..
    sorry
     
  36. Mark*V

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    Looks that way. Snowing up top but probably not worth it
     
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    Webcam above looks OK.
     
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    Anyone in Shiga? What are the conditions like?
     
  39. Ozgirl

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    Pretty warm here in hirafu, car said 6deg earlier.

    We took a lay day and drove to Otaru today.
     
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    Did you get to Nikka?
     
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    No, we ran out of. Needed to be back for snowshoeing!
     
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  43. Ozgirl

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    So it started snow about 6pm. This photo was taken around 730pm!

    This is the first time in a week the snow has settled on the road!
     
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    Then we went to dinner and just got home.

    The streets at 9pm

     
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    So after last night's adventures I woke to a coffee and BLT in bed! Up relative early (compared to most mornings this trip) and scan our first lift at 9.16.

    When crossing the main road and looking up the hill we notice the very low cloud. We persevered and hit up the trees skier right of the Ace quad/bubble (I think)

    Mixed bag, dust on crust and wind blow stashes occasionally boot deep. More often than not top of foot deep. With low vis it was very hard to pick a line and not get stuck in the wind scoured bits. Maybe 1 in every 3 runs we nailed a route and then couldn't find it again! A day like today it would really help to have someone who knew the mountain.
     
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  46. Ozgirl

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    The car this morning. I woke at 2am and checked out the window and notice not much had change from 10pm (in terms of the road coverage)
     

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    #blackninja
    Enjoy Oz and YK
    Hope the top ups keep coming, snow looks decent quality.

    Try the trees under Ace 3 (you can take the bubble and traverse over if you don’t want to take the open pair) - often windblown gets caught in that area, and a little snow can ski really well through that spot.
     
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    OK, will try there after lunch .we just came down strawbs. Slightly disappointed. There was no wind blown stashes and was barely covering our ski's. It wasn't too tracked out so it wasn't that .
     
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    Also, not sure how well it shows in this photo, but the groomers are a mess of slush and old snow and new snow.