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Early season in Japan

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Hi

I'm eagerly awaiting a visit to Japan in February.

Just wondering how things usually get started early season, for example in Niseko or Hakuba or Nozawa.

Cheers.

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Looking like places are struggling to open.

Ski resort managers must get very worried this time of year!!   Well, if it isn't snowing much......

 

 

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Just skied three days in Niseko, which is as short of snow as I've ever seen it at this point of December.
Had to scramble to avoid bare areas, and still picked up numerous small scratches in bases of both skis.
Sasa grass still sticking out everywhere. 
Well, still fun and worth the trip, and the many visitors from down south seemed to be enjoying themselves.

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This has been among the worst starts I've seen in Hokkaido. It has been quite depressing so far. Yes, we have had a few really good dumps, but all the warm weather has really lessened the snow pack and there is way to much sasa to ride off piste still. The next ten-day outlook is looking better so I hope the snow finally starts accumulating so more terrain can finally open up.

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:(

Worrying.

Right now just enough for most places to get opened up would be a big deal, never mind deep.

Come on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Skied Mt Isola and East Mnt at Rusutsu today.....given the lack of snow so far the conditions were excellent and plenty of pistes open.

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Looks like it is 'much less than usual' everywhere.

Least in recent history for the end of the year/New Year?

 

 

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Was snowing pretty decently at Tenjin this morning, which was a surprise as it wasn’t really in the forecast.  Big wet stick-to-your goggles flakes, which combined with mist for terrible visibility.  But at least felt like they are finally getting underway.

They’re going to need a lot more to get their base filled out, though. Lots of bush and thin spots.

 

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