While we wait for this exciting and safe post-covid APAC bubble to form, allowing us to once again experience that waist deep powder that Japan is famous for we thought we'd share our season review with you.
After a slow start and some rain in between, February was absolutely INSANE!!! (trust us). We have the numbers to illustrate this. This graph was taken from Snow Japan who provide the daily resort updates to almost every single Japanese ski area. And yes, you see that correctly. During February 2020, Madarao recorded approximately 2.53 metres of snow, which is the most amount of snow that fell in Madarao dating back to the 12/13 season!
Some of those storms really delivered the goods. And aside from a slightly below average base level which restricted some side-country terrain, Madarao was back to its epic best by February.
When you also include the March numbers, Madaro received 341 cm (that's right, almost 3.5 METRES!!!), this still puts us far better than Madarao has experienced in the last 5 seasons.
What does this all mean to you? Well, to be completely honest, we don't really know and we are not even going to try and predict what will happen this season. What we do know from numerous theories is that global warming leads to unpredictable and extreme weather conditions. Take it how you will, but were expecting a big one for the upcoming season! Now let's just eliminate this other little problem we have!
Taken on the Super Quad Madarao, February 1, 2020
Our staff member clearing snow from our staff accommodation in Madarao village Feb 1, 2020
Outside Active Life Madarao our "mothership' hotel
A crowded Madarao - Taken after "one of those half a metre days" February 9, 2020 Madarao/Tangram
Outside Miyuki Snowsports, The Active Life rental and retail shop, 28 February 2020