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Japan 2019 - 20

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I've seen a few comments by SHs who will be in Japan this season, so thought I'd start a conditions thread for it.

The first low level snowfalls seem to have hit Hokkaido over the last couple of days, and the outlook for the second half of November looks good:





I'm going to be in Hokkaido for 4 weeks from mid-Jan until mid-Feb next year, can't wait and fingers crossed for a good one! Very Happy


Some useful links (happy to edit to add more):


Current conditions:


https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/

https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams

http://www.jma.go.jp/en/amedas/203.html?elementCode=2

http://niseko.nadare.info/


Radar / nowcast:


https://www.jma.go.jp/en/kaikotan/


Forecast (for Niseko Hirafu area):


https://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Niseko/6day/mid

https://www.yr.no/place/Japan/Hokkaido/Hirafu/long.html

http://www.meteociel.fr/cartes_obs/gens_display.php?ext=1&lat=42.8&lon=140.6833


Other forums:


https://www.ski.com.au/xf/forums/japan.51/
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Saw this yesterday and me feel a bit sad:

https://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/news/japanese-winter-2019-20-weather-forecast/

Then again it is a forecast and should be seen as that and the silver lining is the 40% chance of average or 20% chance of above average is not bad news at all Madeye-Smiley
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I’ll be on Hokkaido for the last 3 weeks of Feb, and I’d like lots of snow, apart from one day when the plan is to skin up mount Yotei, so blue sky on that day please Very Happy

Last year the standard phone apps seemed to give as good or better forecasts than the dedicated websites.
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@extremerob, Interesting, thanks.

Warmer than average expected temperatures makes a good case for heading to Hokkaido rather than Honshu this winter.
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extremerob wrote:
Saw this yesterday and me feel a bit sad:

https://www.niseko.ne.jp/en/news/japanese-winter-2019-20-weather-forecast/

Then again it is a forecast and should be seen as that and the silver lining is the 40% chance of average or 20% chance of above average is not bad news at all Madeye-Smiley


Soooo, in Japan they have stupid people as well (those that “predict” what the winter be like in the long term).
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PowderAdict wrote:
Last year the standard phone apps seemed to give as good or better forecasts than the dedicated websites.


It's pretty easy when the forecast is snow 24/7 Neh Neh

Yes agree with you the phone apps aren't too bad at all - big fan of dark sky
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mooney058 wrote:


Soooo, in Japan they have stupid people as well (those that “predict” what the winter be like in the long term).


It's not just guesswork...

The winter weather in Japan is affected by ENSO, the changing sea surface temperature of the tropical Pacific. This winter looks likely to be a neutral or weak El Nino winter, pointing towards average or warmer than average temperatures for Japan.

Diagram for affects of El Nino:

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It's started snowing in SW Hokkaido.

It will rain this coming week, then snow again.

There'll most probably be one or two more rain events before the anticipated Opening Days at the end of the month.

Some time in December the tap will be turned on and it will snow at some stage almost every day between that point and the end of January.

If you're visiting Hokkaido this winter and just plan on skiing one resort / area then you will either have the conditions of your life or return home wondering what all the fuss is about. Or something in-between.

If you're prepared to travel to a different resort from your accommodation base - no more than 1hr - then you will experience the best conditions during your stay.

Weather and snowfall can be VERY localised.

At least that's been my experience since December 2006.

Enjoy.
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KenX, my OH and I and maybe a Frenchie will be based in Hirafu Niseko for three or so days ski touring from Monday Feb 10th I think, we then leave Hirafu for Furano.

We are with a guided operation and will be doing Mont Yoti as well as other touring / slack country in the area.

So if you like the idea of touring etc then PM me as we could accommodate a couple of others in our group
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Pär is running a interesting possibility for those going north and looking for the powder.

https://parpowparadise.com/

http://www.niseko.com/people-opinion/paradise/

https://www.powderlife.com/files/Powderlife-Magazine-Issue-no-07.pdf



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