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  1. #376
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLCMunchie View Post
    Thank you everyone for the beta on this thread! Just returned from a trip with no snow, but we still had fun. Since they are already mentioned, had fun at niseko, Asahidake, and furanodake. got to summit mt yotei and ski a few laps in the cone ala lou dawson style in his blog from a few years ago. Asahidake was too windy/socked in to explore much but still got some good laps in and lots of drinking/onsen time. the lunches there were extremely good. last days spent at furano dake. stayed at the small onsen at the top of the road heading to the saddle between furnaodake and takishidake (spell check). the rental car advise was great- had a van for the trip with plenty of room for gear and even took some coloRADians who hadn't gotten their international driving permit to niseko with us. Everyone bags on niseko, but we had lots of fun there! lots of touring opportunities around there and the town vibe can be fun- good food/drink/socializing. i wouldn't spend my whole time there, but it was fun for what it was.
    Just wrapped up a similar trip. Summited ashidake, was pretty good. Spent several days around takashidake (sp). There is a ton of good lines tonskinaround there. Had a small reset of snow and had some great runs.


  2. #377
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    One of the worst winters I've experienced in 20 years here. In Sapporo we only got 30% of our usual February snowfall, and other months weren't much better. I hope we can blame this one on El Nino and get back to normal.
    パウダーバカ!!

  3. #378
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    This happens on this side of the world when the sierras get their insane winters. Once every decade or so.

  4. #379
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    Glad I hit my week 10 days as perfectly as possible but yea, wtf happened this past month?

  5. #380
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    Hokkaido Japan; Central Hokkaido or Niseko

    Quote Originally Posted by gaijin View Post
    This happens on this side of the world when the sierras get their insane winters. Once every decade or so.
    How was 2 years ago? Sierra went huge in January. Was 2010/11 bad out that way too (best year ever in the Sierra)? Curious how accurate the correlation is...

    Glad I went in mid January.

  6. #381
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    Quote Originally Posted by satori View Post
    One of the worst winters I've experienced in 20 years here. In Sapporo we only got 30% of our usual February snowfall, and other months weren't much better. I hope we can blame this one on El Nino and get back to normal.
    Even January? That's shocking if so...seemed good to me! Looked like the SnowJapan snowfall "analyses" weren't too far off for January before things dried up in February just as it started nuking in N. America.

  7. #382
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    Quote Originally Posted by satori View Post
    One of the worst winters I've experienced in 20 years here. In Sapporo we only got 30% of our usual February snowfall, and other months weren't much better. I hope we can blame this one on El Nino and get back to normal.
    My best (read most enjoyable not necessarily the deepest) winter on Hokkaido.

    Arrived to powder at Kiroro on 19 December 2018
    Pretty much skied at least boot top deep powder through to 17 February 2019 - most days it was way deeper than this
    17 Feb - 25 Feb skied powder out of resort, packed powder on piste in resort, and two days of boot top to knee deep in resort

    I did move around a lot this winter and caught snow when the usual suspects were getting missed.

    It's been 'dry' now for two weeks in SW Hokkaido although Asahidake and surrounds have been getting some snow.

    In my experience, mid to late March will be powtastic.

  8. #383
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    If anyone is around central Hokkaido from now until the end of March, PM me. Desperately need touring partner(s). Looking to get alpine in Tokachidake area, Asahidake, etc. Was too deep and stormy back in January. Also looking to venture off the beaten track. Looking at shiretoko peninsula and Mashike area.

  9. #384
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    Quote Originally Posted by dongy View Post
    If anyone is around central Hokkaido from now until the end of March, PM me. Desperately need touring partner(s). Looking to get alpine in Tokachidake area, Asahidake, etc. Was too deep and stormy back in January. Also looking to venture off the beaten track. Looking at shiretoko peninsula and Mashike area.
    Not around unfortunately, but have a look at the Shakotan Peninsula

    And Eniwa-dake around Lake Shikotsu

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3fhKXtQnHk

  10. #385
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    Some words, photos, and video from our Hokkaido trip this year:
    https://www.newschoolers.com/news/re...n-Ski-Vacation
    Colorado seems like a sweet place except for the people that go there because it seems like a sweet place making it no longer a sweet place...

    https://www.facebook.com/MattSklarMedia

  11. #386
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    Quote Originally Posted by sklar View Post
    Some words, photos, and video from our Hokkaido trip this year:
    https://www.newschoolers.com/news/re...n-Ski-Vacation
    Well played

  12. #387
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Pow View Post
    Not around unfortunately, but have a look at the Shakotan Peninsula

    And Eniwa-dake around Lake Shikotsu

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3fhKXtQnHk
    That's actually on my list. Cheers!

  13. #388
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    Quote Originally Posted by dongy View Post
    That's actually on my list. Cheers!
    Welcome.

    Hope you get the goods.

    Also great skiing the other side of Jozankei Dam between Jozankei and Sapporo Kokusai.

    Tengu-dake.

  14. #389
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    Hokkaido Japan; Central Hokkaido or Niseko

    Trying to refine choices for a trip - if you were traveling in Feb with a 13-year old girl (who is a decent pow skier but doesn’t like to hike) - where would you stay to ski 4-5 days? Prolly 3 resort days and maybe a cat day, if cat options are any good. Just stay Hirafu and take buses or stay elsewhere?

  15. #390
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    Quote Originally Posted by 54-46 View Post
    Trying to refine choices for a trip - if you were traveling in Feb with a 13-year old girl (who is a decent pow skier but doesn’t like to hike) - where would you stay to ski 4-5 days? Prolly 3 resort days and maybe a cat day, if cat options are any good. Just stay Hirafu and take buses or stay elsewhere?
    Hokkaido Cat Skiing

    https://www.stillstoked.com/cat-skii...skiing-niseko/

    https://www.snowsbest.com/go-cat-skiing-japan/

    https://www.powderhounds.com/Japan/Cat-Skiing.aspx

    Best to stay in the Niseko Resort Area

    Ski Niseko United, Niseko Moiwa, Rusutsu.

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