Where is the SNOWIEST Place on Earth?

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Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan, 2014.
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan, 2014.

“Most people never realize that Japan is actually the snowiest place in the world.”  – Brandon Presser, Lonely Planet

Japan is the snowiest place on Earth.  It’s also one of the most fun places to visit on Earth.  We know for certain that Hakuba, Japan saw 600″ of snow in town in only 10 weeks last year.  We can’t even begin to image how much fell 6,000 feet above town in the high mountains…

If you haven’t been to Japan yet, it’s time to go. 

evo.com is taking skiers and riders to Japan this January and February.  evo’s got all the details worked out for you so all you have to do is show up, ski deep pow, eat great food, poke monkeys in hot springs with sticks, rip sick terrain, and get blown away by amazing culture.

Japan gets the most snow in January and Febuary and it’s simply non-stop…

When Is The Best Time to Ski & Ride Japan?

Japan, 2014. photo: miles clark/snowbrains
Japan, 2014. photo: miles clark/snowbrains

C’mon, it’s the snowiest place on Earth, why wouldn’t you wanna go?

“In the mountains of northern Japan, there is a place called Sukio-Onsen.  In a typical year, you’ll see 50-60 feet of snow, some years 70-80 feet of snow.  I’m talking snow that’s 10-15 above your head.” – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist

Tateyama Korube Alpine Route
Tateyama Kurobe Alpine Route, Japan.

“The mountains of Japan are so snowy because they are susceptible to a cold Siberian wind that slams into the mountains of Japan, forces the air to rise, and that wrings out tremendous amounts of snowfall.  It’s like our lake effect snow in the US, but on a much bigger scale.” – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist

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Cold Siberian wind blows off Asia, picks up moisture on Sea of Japan, slams into Japan’s mountains, and boom, you have big snow.  image:  weather channel

“Few people know it as the snowiest place on Earth. But that’s exactly what Sukayu Onsen, Japan is: 40-foot snow canyons, blinding blizzards, and the northernmost primates, Japanese snow monkeys.”  – Nick Wiltgen, Weather Channel meteorologist

Japan, 2013. photo: miles clark/snowbrains
Japan, 2013. photo: miles clark/snowbrains

If you’re interested in skiing or snowboarding Japan this season, evo is ready to take you.  Evo’s got all the details worked out for you so all you have to do is show up, ski deep pow, eat great food, and get blown away by amazing culture.

These evo Japan trips are hot, they’re sexy, and they will sell out.  One already has…

  • Trip 1: January 24 – January 31, 2016, Hakuba, Japan
  • Trip 2: January 31 – February 7, 2016, Hakuba, Japan
  • Trip 3: January 31 – February 7, 2016, Myoko, Japan
  • Trip 4: February 7 – February 14, 2016, Myoko, Japan – SOLD OUT

More information here:  Evo Japan Trips 2016

Japan, 2014. photo: miles clark/snowbrains
Japan, 2014. photo: miles clark/snowbrains

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related post:

The Top 6 Reasons To Go To Japan This Winter

When Is The Best Time to Ski & Ride Japan?

21 thoughts on “Where is the SNOWIEST Place on Earth?

  1. There are places in the US that get more snow than that.

    I wish people stopped making sure matter-of-factly statements without checking first.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +7 (7 votes)
    1. Nope. Not even Mt. Baker in northern Washington gets 600″ in 10 weeks, like this place in Japan. They average 600″ a season. It’s the snowiest place in America, so you can easily check it yourself.

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  2. Not the snowiest place on earth. Mt rainier paradise side elevation between 5000′-8000′ is the snowiest place on earth. +670″ average annually and it also holds the record yearly snowfall of over 1200″

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +4 (4 votes)
  3. No one mentioned the most probably snowiest place on earth. Not even Rainier can really claim this(mount baker probably gets a little more snowfall than Raineir). If there was an accurate way to measure any kind of snowfall from the most remote areas places in the fairweather range, various spots in the Southern Patagonia Icecap and maybe a few other areas like Pico Cristobal Colon in Colombia or Kangto in the eastern Himalayas, they would probably be the snowiest place in the word

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +3 (3 votes)
  4. I love that place…
    Japan is so cool
    And most advanced nation in the world…..

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +1 (1 vote)
  5. Japan is snowy, not as much compared to Juneau ice fields. No solid data to support this but locals claim 1200”+ annually.. Just no town near by or access without plane or heli.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
    +1 (1 vote)
    1. You need to check your facts !! Juneau does not get much snow not even close to record breaking !!
      Valdez AK or Alyeska AK yes they get some good snow falls!

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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      1. Read before commenting. They didn’t say “Juneau”, they said “Juneau Ice Fields”. Big difference.

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  6. Japan probably is the snowiest inhabited place on earth, though Valdez Alaska is right up there at over 300 inches/year, and it’s at sea level.

    For snowiest mountains, no way Baker or Rainier is snowier than the Southern Alps of New Zealand, the Fairweather and Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska, or the southern ice fields area of Patagonia.

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]
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  7. The snowiest place on earth, as far as yearly averages are concerned, might not be the the snowiest place on earth in terms of record breaking yearly snows.
    When considering the snowiest location on the planet, the the place with the most snowfall is probably not going to be the place with the most snow accumulation. Now, I should point out that this is my own reprisal of the matter, based upon what I know about climate and weather. The snowiest location on earth in terms of both yearly accumulation averages and annual average snowfall averages, is likely to be somewhere in the coast ranges of British Columbia just to the south of the Alaskan panhandle, and north of Vancouver Island. It is here where all the ingrediants needed for persistant big time snows can be found. This region has plenty of mountainous terrain which causes oregraphic lift, is hit by many huge Pacific storms which are infused with rich subtropical moisture and is not so far to the north or south to be exposed to either so much cold dry air as to reduce precipitation rates, or warm air which would prevent accumulation or snow development all together. If this region is not on average the snowiest place on earth, then I am sure that ,that title goes to Montgomery Alabama, where even an inch of snow can shut down the entire city !

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