An ode to Japan’s mega December snowfall to make you salivate

Pic by Rhythm Japan, Niseko.

Japan must have been doing something right recently because they sure as hell have been rewarded with record snowfalls of metres, yes multiple metres, of December snow and skiers and boarders are frothing from their powder gills. Three words. Bring a snorkel.


Let’s start with Niseko because they are claiming over 6 metres snowfall for December. That’s three Aussie ski seasons right there in one, with three more months to go.

One man’s powder is another man’s powder, or something like that. Either way, there’s plenty to share in Niseko right now before the crowds descend for January.


Here’s one for the young at heart!

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Meanwhile in the rest of Hokkaido the fine folk of Rusutsu, Furano, Tomamu, Kiroro and friends are lapping up their fair share of the island’s famed super light super dry super heavenly powder. These runs were filmed in Furano.

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Cortina, Hakuba

Patrick Fox from Powdermania has been out and about with Matt Ward getting amongst it and capturing the powder on film because the rest of us aren’t there. Why not? Why are we not there? There are plane tickets aplenty. Let’s go!

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Myoko Kogen

So. Much. Snow.

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They don’t call it Madapow for nothing.

Continúe snowing,..almost drowned ..?,today #Tangram#Madarao#Japon

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Thinking of heading to Japan? Then you need to check out our skiing in Japan section of SnowsBest including tips on onsen etiquette, dining and Insider Guides.

Rachael Oakes-Ash is the name behind @misssnowitall and the founder of A long time travel and lifestyle journalist and ski writer, she's been published in ESPN, TIME, Wallpaper*, Action Asia, Inside Sport, Australian Financial Review, Emirates Open Skies, Conde Nast Traveler and more. She was the Fairfax snow blogger from 2007 to 2017 and the Southern Hemisphere editor for OnTheSnow. Rachael is also a documentary producer, author, radio announcer and humorist.


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