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There’s usu­ally snow be­fore Christ­mas, but Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary are the best time for pow­der lovers, when cold air from Siberia brings fre­quent, heavy dumps to Hokkaido. The western re­sorts see 10 me­tres or more through the sea­son (Niseko av­er­ages more like 16m!) and wak­ing to 50cm of fresh is not un­com­mon. March sees the ar­rival of warmer, sun­nier con­di­tions, per­fect for pic­ture-tak­ing while you en­joy what is by then a base of sev­eral me­tres. Week­ends bring more lo­cals onto the slopes, while New Year is pop­u­lar for longer breaks as Jan­uary 2 and 3 are pub­lic hol­i­days. An­other key pe­riod is the first half of Fe­bru­ary which brings the Sap­poro Snow Fes­ti­val. This year the city’s Tsu­dome hosts snow slides and raft­ing on Fe­bru­ary 1-12, joined by ice sculp­ture shows and con­tests at Odori park and down­town Susukino from Fe­bru­ary 6-12.

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