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  1. Slippery Jim

    Hokkaido Ski Season Net

    Does anyone have experience with this? How does it work? The available info is a little confusing, and I'm having trouble figuring out it it's worthwhile.
  2. (FURANO) Ski & Snowboard School Information on Furano Snow Tours in Furano, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/furano-snow-tours
  3. Hokkaido Ski Club - offering ski and snowboard lessons in English in Hokkaido - has joined SnowJapan. You can find the information here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/hokkaido-ski-club
  4. Donahue Cheung

    Furano in 2019 mid-March

    Hello everyone, I will be in Furano this March 18th for 1-2 day. This is the first time I'd ever come to Hokkaido as well as Japan. Could you please help me, let me know that how is snow/weather... status at that time. I really want to enjoy the snow, but don't want to pass the time when snow begin to melt. Thank you so much!
  5. JonesyBo

    Clearer skies in Niseko

    I'll try my best English this time! Can someone comment please on how much clearer sunny weather we might expecting at Niseko. In middle of winter. Is that rare?
  6. In 'normal' conditions, which is quicker/easier to get to from Niseko, Kiroro or Rusutsu? We plan on having a rental car. Thanks!
  7. I can read the blurb from the Niseko Marketing Machine, but anyone been up there in summer? What's it like? I hate this rainy season (and unbearably hot summers too)9, heard Hokkaido doesn't have one. But at the same time I saw a few weeks ago some mad temps up there in Hoikkaido but that was a one off abnormality, right?
  8. Hi I know Niseko is a very popular destination and generally more crowded than most ski resorts in Japan. But the quality and consistency of snow up there is just too hard to resist, for me anyway. I'm sure things have changed in recent years. Last time I was up there was 7 seasons ago. But which area is usually the quietest these days? Presuming it's not going to be Hirafu! Keen to hear any thoughts on that.
  9. (KIRORO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Kiroro in Akaigawa, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-kiroro
  10. Next year we are going to Hokkaido to ski at Niseko and Rusutsu maybe also Kiroro. We are planning on being there when the Sapporo Snow Festival will be on and wondering if it might be worth making room in our plan to take that in. Anyone able to offer thoughts on that? Thank you!
  11. Might that be a good idea or a bad idea? I am keen to hear thoughts! Domo.
  12. We have visited Hokkaido the last two winters. Totally love it. But next year we are planning on spreading our wings a little and checking out somewhere new. We like the look of Shiga Kogen / Nozawa region of Nagano Prefecture. Anyone who has been to both regions, any words of wisdom for us?
  13. Hi My hubby and I are planning a trip to Japan next winter. Very early stages yet but getting excited about finding out more. We do want to try Hokkaido, but keen on seeing Tokyo as well. Wondering how any of you guys might have planned a trip that takes in both? Keen to hear any plans made by others and how they went. So exciting! Kate
  14. oblivion

    Steep in Hokkaido

    In the Niseko topic I just mentioned I can't get past the lack of steep there as much as I loved the snow. I was wondering. Are there any ski-jo in Hokkaido that have a good bunch of steep runs to enjoy?
  15. Hello. I found this site and impressed with so much information in English. My English is not perfect, I will try. I am Japanese. Skiing for over 30 year now and enjoy trips to mostly Nagano, Gunma and Yamagata. I am curious about the appeal of Niseko which seems so popular place with foreign skier and snowboarder.
  16. Hello My gf and I are thinking about visiting Japan next winter. We do want to go to Tokyo as we have a friend there, but are tempted by Hokkaido too for the snowboarding. I see there is a bullet train up to Hokkaido. If we have a JR ticket will that be the best choice or should we plane it up there? Always feel that airports and flights involve a lot of hassle but not sure what the +/- would be. Any tips would be great!
  17. As per title, is a long day trip from Sapporo to Niseko realistic or even possible? Perhaps just a bad idea. Time is limited but I'd love to go.
  18. Hi! Going to be visiting Japan next winter and the plan as it stands now is Furano. Just wondering: are there ski hills that are realistically within reach of Furano for day trips? I see there are a few places quite close by but they are tiny. Any of larger size that are reasonable to do a day trip on? We plan to be renting a car so we will be mobile! Thanks for any tips.
  19. In 'normal' conditions, about how long does it take to drive between Niseko and Kiroro. Thank you
  20. Our Niseko Now reporter has posted a now-traditional monthly recap and we thought it would be good to bring it to the attention of people who may not be reading those reports. This is covering the reports and information from the Niseko area of Hokkaido. And here it is: ------ A look back at the season so far: February 2019 As is tradition, here I look back over February and the season so far. You can follow my reports and snowfall numbers at any time towards the bottom of this page and on the Snowfall Analysis page. February started off really well. I was able to record fresh cm of snowfall on each of the first 16 days in February. There were no massive snowfall numbers – the most in one day was 21cm on 1st February – but we enjoyed a respectable 15-20cm or so on quite a few of the days in that first half of the month. Nice. The second half of the month was a different story. It was as if the tap had been turned off on 17th February. I added a total of just 9cm over last 12 days of the month. Check out the Snowfall Analysis page to see how much snow we usually get in the second half of February... it’s quite the contrast. Here is the amount of snowfall that I have measured close to my Hirafu base during the month of February in each of the last seven seasons: February 2019: 198cm February 2018: 299cm February 2017: 160cm February 2016: 266cm February 2015: 196cm February 2014: 178cm February 2013: 316cm So, 1m less than what I measured last season but actually fairly comparable amounts to three other seasons. In this current season, of course, the snowfall has been more noticeably weighted in that first half of the season. Here’s the 'season up to the end of February' totals over the last seven seasons: 2018/2019 season up to end of February 2019: 900cm 2017/2018 season up to end of February 2018: 1198cm 2016/2017 season up to end of February 2017: 605cm 2015/2016 season up to end of February 2016: 877cm 2014/2015 season up to end of February 2015: 1002cm 2013/2014 season up to end of February 2014: 1037cm 2012/2013 season up to end of February 2013: 1295cm Those raw total numbers (and remember, that’s what they are – they don't tell the full story) are considerably better than the 16/17 season and comparable to 15/16. A fair bit under the other seasons though. And now here we are in March. In the most recent seasons this is how much snowfall I have observed at base in March: March 2018: 49cm March 2017: 83cm March 2016: 109cm March 2015: 139cm March 2014: 113cm March 2013: 164cm ...and how much snowfall we have received from the beginning of March to the end of the season... Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2019 & end of season: ??? Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2018 & end of season: 62cm Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2017 & end of season: 83cm Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2016 & end of season: 115cm Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2015 & end of season: 142cm Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2014 & end of season: 126cm Amount of snow falling between 1st March 2013 & end of season: 196cm There's a curious pattern going on there. And it's not one that I am keen to see. 2015 aside, the amount of observed snowfall at base from March onwards has been decreasing - an impressive 2m or so in 2013; down to less than 1m in the last two seasons. That’s definitely something to ponder. Let's pondering. The last piece of data is, as always, the snowfall numbers that the Japan Meteorological Agency report from their observation station in Kutchan town. Here is what they have reported for the month of February in recent years: February 2019: 141cm February 2018: 202cm February 2017: 173cm February 2016: 210cm February 2015: 167cm February 2014: 130cm February 2013: 228cm And the JMA numbers for the ‘season so far’: 2017/2018 season up to end of February 2019: 954cm 2016/2017 season up to end of February 2018: 741cm 2015/2016 season up to end of February 2017: 698cm 2014/2015 season up to end of February 2016: 825cm 2013/2014 season up to end of February 2015: 804cm 2012/2013 season up to end of February 2014: 900cm All being well, there is still over two full months left of the 2018-2019 season with the last lifts planning to stop at the end of the day on Monday 6th May. That is a very long spring season, if we are indeed properly into spring. As you can see above (and in the archives) though, in previous seasons March has delivered some decent snowfall. So, I choose to remain hopeful that we will get some more snow and a few nice surprises. Just how much though... well, I’ll be here to take you through the rest of the season every day until the end. Even if you have been and gone already this season, please do remember your duty to continue reading my reports through until the end - I want to share with you the story of the whole season. And of course, you can also enjoy watching me start to struggle for things to write on some days as the last part of the season approaches. ;) Gambarimasu! ---- Thanks to our Niseko Now reporter. The Niseko Now reports can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-daily-snow-weather-reports/Niseko-Now
  21. I have been to Niseko a few times over the years - first time well over 20 years ago! - but never made it to Furano and I do want to try it out maybe next season. For people who have been to Niseko, how would you rate Furano in comparison? Keen to hear any such thoughts.
  22. While I love snowboarding, I also get excited by winter scenery and views. It's kind of an important part of it for me. I'm actually disappointed if it's just blizzarding all the time. We are interested in going to Tomamu and I'd love to see the amazing sea of cloud like scenery that it is famous for. Anyone any hints on timing (period/time) when there are good chances of enjoying that. Thanks!
  23. Hey guys. Firstly, I apologize if this is the wrong area to post this! Feel free to move if necessary 😃 I'm heading to Niseko mid to late March and I'm looking to buy a board rather than rent as myself and a few mates are planning on making Niseko an annual trip! I know there are a few stores in town where you can rent boards, but I can't seem to find too much on purchasing my own one. Would it be worth taking a trip to Kutchan? Or will I have more luck staying in Niseko? Thanks in advance!
  24. (TOMAMU) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at GAO Snow Academy in Tomamu, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-gao-snow-academy
  25. (NISEKO) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at Freedom Inn in Niseko, Hokkaido can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-freedom-inn-niseko


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