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    Late January 2020: What's going on?

    This general message was posted on all our daily reports today (28th January 2019) It is not specific to one report or region. Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow). It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves. But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas. Covering the winter season in our daily reports is normally a real joy. It’s a lot of fun to share all the amazingly deep snowfalls. And then, of course, going out to sample it ourselves! So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often. SnowJapan is not here to sell Japan as a destination, or to promote any one area over another. We are not a ski resort or a tourism association – we are 100-percent independent. Our commitment is to provide you with the most honest and accurate information we can, with the voices of our local reporters. We gather official information from the ski areas but also provide commentary and an inside view of what is really out there for you. In this year of low (and still, sadly, no snow in some places), reporting is tougher than usual. We do not want to be negative or take away from the fun, because we know you are out on the slopes and there still is good skiing. We just try to keep a sense of balance, and sometimes that means commenting on the weather, or on overly enthusiastic snow depths being reported by resorts, or on developments in their local areas. Our reporters are human, of course. We know that they bring good data to our pages but also interesting, even opinionated comments, and usually with a good sense of humour. They are all people who want to be with you out on the slopes, after all! Many of you have written in to tell us that you appreciate our reports, and the honesty we bring - and we thank you for this. In fact, SnowJapan has seen a significant increase in traffic to our site this year. We believe a main reason is because people are looking for good information they can trust, and here is where they can find it. While that is positive news for the website itself, we would happily trade in some of it for heavy snow if we possibly could... We do care very much about the Japan snow world, about the resorts and towns, and of course our readers, the most important reason why we do this work. SnowJapan has been here for over 20 years. This site has been developed with a lot of love, care and effort. I believe we can honestly say that we have played a major part in introducing the world to winter sports in Japan, and we are proud to have been recognized for this by the Japanese ski industry. As we enter February, our hope is that the rest of the season will see more of what should be normal - heavy snow across the country - and that this year will go down as the exception to be looked back on and remembered. Whatever happens, though, you can trust SnowJapan to report the real conditions to you. Not negative, but not sugar-coated. The truth, with a touch of original and hopefully interesting commentary. Thanks, as always, for joining us on the site and reading our content. If you do enjoy using our site, please do let others know about us. That does help us keep on doing what we are doing. And if you wish to contact us, you can do so using our Contact form. Now, let’s get out in the snow! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports
  3. This general message that was posted on all our daily reports today. It is not specific to one report or region. Here we are, closing in on the end of January. Normally we would be out playing in deep, fresh snow, watching the incredible snowfall, taking pictures of the huge snow walls along the roads (while the locals moan about having to shovel snow). It is peak season, and lots of visitors are here enjoying themselves. But we can't say it's a normal year almost anywhere in Japan. Even where the snow is falling, it’s way below what people have come to expect in Japan - even those who have been here all their lives. Take a look at our reports on the daily snowfalls and total depths and look at the links to individual ski areas. Covering the winter season in our daily reports is normally a real joy. It’s a lot of fun to share all the amazingly deep snowfalls. And then, of course, going out to sample it ourselves! So for us, too, many mornings this season have been something of a shock. We don't want to use words like "rain," "unseasonably warm," or "really shallow snowpack," but we're here to give you honest information. And those words, unfortunately, describe what we're seeing too often. SnowJapan is not here to sell Japan as a destination, or to promote any one area over another. We are not a ski resort or a tourism association – we are 100-percent independent. Our commitment is to provide you with the most honest and accurate information we can, with the voices of our local reporters. We gather official information from the ski areas but also provide commentary and an inside view of what is really out there for you. In this year of low (and still, sadly, no snow in some places), reporting is tougher than usual. We do not want to be negative or take away from the fun, because we know you are out on the slopes and there still is good skiing. We just try to keep a sense of balance, and sometimes that means commenting on the weather, or on overly enthusiastic snow depths being reported by resorts, or on developments in their local areas. Our reporters are human, of course. We know that they bring good data to our pages but also interesting, even opinionated comments, and usually with a good sense of humour. They are all people who want to be with you out on the slopes, after all! Many of you have written in to tell us that you appreciate our reports, and the honesty we bring - and we thank you for this. In fact, SnowJapan has seen a significant increase in traffic to our site this year. We believe a main reason is because people are looking for good information they can trust, and here is where they can find it. While that is positive news for the website itself, we would happily trade in some of it for heavy snow if we possibly could... We do care very much about the Japan snow world, about the resorts and towns, and of course our readers, the most important reason why we do this work. SnowJapan has been here for over 20 years. This site has been developed with a lot of love, care and effort. I believe we can honestly say that we have played a major part in introducing the world to winter sports in Japan, and we are proud to have been recognized for this by the Japanese ski industry. As we enter February, our hope is that the rest of the season will see more of what should be normal - heavy snow across the country - and that this year will go down as the exception to be looked back on and remembered. Whatever happens, though, you can trust SnowJapan to report the real conditions to you. Not negative, but not sugar-coated. The truth, with a touch of original and hopefully interesting commentary. Thanks, as always, for joining us on the site and reading our content. If you do enjoy using our site, please do let others know about us. That does help us keep on doing what we are doing. And if you wish to contact us, you can do so using our Contact form. Now, let’s get out in the snow! https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports
  4. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Tuesday 28th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Tuesday 28th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
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  6. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Monday 27th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Monday 27th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  7. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Sunday 26th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Sunday 26th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  8. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Saturday 25th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Saturday 25th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  9. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Friday 24th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Friday 24th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  10. Even contemplating rain at Kagura in late January seems.... ridiculous.
  11. Yes we did, a few light drops, but not enough to come out and say it was 'raining'
  12. muikabochi

    skiing late march

    The big ones up there usually go to Golden Week. This year? Hmmmmm..... Can't quite believe what's going on this year. Even though I am not there any more, me sad.
  13. Along with others above I'm glad I missed the boom times. Not too sure I would be interested in skiing if I had to wait too long for a lift. The photos I've seen of hundreds of people waiting for a lift would put me right off skiing if I had to be one of those people. We're currently back in Japan for a visit, and Rika and I are spending a few days at Kagura. So far I don't think we have had to wait more than one chair for a lift.
  14. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Thursday 23rd January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Thursday 23rd January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
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  16. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Wednesday 22nd January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Wednesday 22nd January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  17. Some of you may have noticed that since earlier last year the Member Area of SnowJapan had been unavailable - meaning that you could not upload photos or write resort reviews on the site. Long story short - we had to update systems, we also updated this Community area and had to integrate a completely new login system. You can now register a new account ---- using your Facebook or Google account (with Twitter planned to be added at a later date). Setting this up has been a long and complex experience. We have done as much testing as we feel we can and are now putting it out there! We are still going to keep it fairly 'quite' right now.... what do they call, it a 'soft launch'. Just in case there are any remaining issues. If things seem to going smoothly, we will make more of a formal announcement about it and let more people know. Anyway, if you would like to try it out, please do. And feel free to try uploading photos or writing a resort review. You can register/log in from the link below. It is free and you will not be signed up to any kind of list or anything like that... Member Area: https://www.snowjapan.com/Account/Login Thank you
  18. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Tuesday 21st January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Tuesday 21st January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  19. s5804

    Buying/ renting ski pants Furano

    Renting ski jackets and pants is pretty common at Japanese ski resorts. Maybe that is a good option? To take of the time pressure...
  20. Thank you Snowdude for your suggestion. I have studied the Madarao map and found they have many off pise areas. Nice. Do you remember the name on the runs with as much wide space as possible between the trees? Also, I have seen videos from Powder wave I and Powder wave II. But the resort consider them for experts. So what is easier? Thx
  21. ezoskibum

    skiing late march

    Resorts are open through Golden Week up here which is about as late as most other places. Regardless, I doubt many will be open late this year with the lack of snow and warmer temps.
  22. Metabo Oyaji

    skiing late march

    Hokkaido ski areas are pretty low altitude though, aren’t they? So despite being north, they don’t usually have very late seasons, do they? Kagura Is usually open until late May, so I have to imagine they will still be going in late March, even in a disastrous year like this one. As for rentals, looks like from their web site that they have skis/boards/boots/poles and outerwear (jackets, snowpants), but NOT gloves/goggles/hats. So try to bring at least that much. Ski/board + wear sets seem to be 6,500 yen/day for adults, or 9,750 yen for two days. Cheaper for kids, depending on age. Don’t immediately see lift ticket + rental sets, but have only glanced at it quickly. For more details, see their web site. English version here: https://www.princehotels.com/en/ski/kagura/index.html#rentals
  23. ezoskibum

    skiing late march

    I would recommend going further north as you might have better luck with temperatures and conditions, so Hokkaido might be good and look at going further inland to Furano.
  24. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Monday 20th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Monday 20th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  25. SnowJapan daily snow and weather reporting for Sunday 19th January 2020: 2019-2020 season daily reporting on SnowJapan: Exclusive, independent and honest daily snow and weather reporting from popular snow regions of Japan. The plan is for reports to be posted daily once ski lifts start moving in the regions covered. Official snow depth data is now being updated. Webcams will continue to be checked and updated. For more information on our exclusive reports, please read this. >> SnowJapan Daily Reports main index >> Now reports for Sunday 19th January 2020 All Japan weather and snow forecasts: Weather and snow forecasts for over 400 resorts throughout Japan are posted on individual resort pages within the site, updated daily throughout the year. Example (located on the 'Weather Info' tab for each resort, where available). ** UPDATED MULTIPLE TIMES DAILY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR All Japan snow depth information: Official snow depth information for most major resorts is now updating daily on the resort listing pages and individual resort pages (where available). ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Daily snow charts: All-Japan official snow depth charts - most new snowfall and most snow. ** UPDATED DAILY DURING MAIN SEASON (*** now updating daily ***) Webcams from Japan ski resorts: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/webcams
  26. mina2

    skiing late march

    If things don't change drastically, there's not going to much come late March. I wonder how long places like Kagura would be able to continue....
  27. mina2

    Buying/ renting ski pants Furano

    Sorry don't know Furano but I am sure the people you are staying with would be able to point you in right directions. Unless it was a trick question! ;) Have fun whatever up there, wish I was going.
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