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  1. #26
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    Sep 2010
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    As I sit in the Seattle rain thinking of Hokkaido pow, just wanted to chime in and say that if you're in the Niseko area, Shiribetsu is a fucking rad little powder touring spot: open and gladed slopes on every aspect, so you can manage sun, wind, etc.

  2. #27
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    nice

  3. #28
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    Apr 2006
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    getting packed to head out to Niseko on Thursday, skiing on Sunday. With a crew of 6, a couple of which should be up for a day or two of touring. Is there any need for ice axe, or crampons? Thanks
    Like I told my last wife, I never drive faster than I can see, besides it's all in the reflexes.

  4. #29
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    Sep 2011
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    Did Yotei last year - crampons might have been nice - but werenít necessary. Didnít find anywhere where an ice axe would be required. Although, we werenít looking either.

  5. #30
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    Apr 2006
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    thanks for the info - I'll leave them home and reduce that gear pile a little bit
    Like I told my last wife, I never drive faster than I can see, besides it's all in the reflexes.

  6. #31
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    Apr 2006
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    Got to Niseko on Saturday night and it hasnít stopped snowing for more than an hour or so, 60 cm overnight Tuesday, fun skiing at Hanazono & Rusutsu. Touring is looking less likely, got a few quick views of the flanks of Yotei, wow thereís a lot of snow plastered to that mtn
    Like I told my last wife, I never drive faster than I can see, besides it's all in the reflexes.

  7. #32
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    looks incredible! great work, hope to get out there someday

  8. #33
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    Mar 2007
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    How late does the north island powder ski season last?

    I'm planning on a trip to Hokkaido with friends and family either the week prior to Christmas 2018, or the third week in February 2019. I was in Hokkaido the first weeks of February before and it was super cold. Is that typical? The December date sounds great for cold powder potential, but it's a busy travel time so the February date would be much easier. I just don't want to miss the powder there. What do you all think?

  9. #34
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    Feb. The snow really just gets started in mid December.

  10. #35
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    Oct 2010
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    Third week Feb is definitely starting to push it a little. If they have an early spring you might be SOL.
    I was in hokkaido 21st Feb - 6th March last year, got some good snow, but also some warm sunny days, enough to put sun crusts in etc. Hokkaido is quite low in latitude and in elevation so warms up very quickly when it does.

    You'll be guaranteed some good touring weather too and there is some insane touring to be had, as well as Kurodake being open.

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