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Monday, January 25, 2021
Bad news for Japanese skiing as the COVID surge closes Naeba, one of the the country's biggest ski resorts and jewel in the Prince Snow Resort crown. Prince announced the temporary closure from yesterday Sunday January 17 to earl-February after 31 positive COVID-19 cases among their Naeba staff. Naeba is one of the most easily accessed major resorts from Tokyo too,...
Great Japan ski side trips? Wow, where to start! We all need an occasional downday after all. Japan offers so many great experiences either close to or on the way to the main ski areas that you are totally spoilt for choice. The Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani would likely be the #1 non-ski site anyone going anywhere near Nagano visits. They...
Oh what a season! The amazing snow storm across Japan this week has delivered record 72 hour falls for several Niigata and Yamagata areas, including some of Snow Action's all time favourites like Minakami and Yuzawa. The storm wreaked havoc, shutting down the Kan-Etsu Freeway across central Japan from Tokyo to Niigata with over 1,000 vehicles trapped earlier in the...
For the first time ever Sapporo cancels Snow Festival! Yes, sad news out of Hokkaido for the participants who create the amazing ice sculptures every winter, the 2 million or so visitors who normally flock to see them and appreciate the associated events, and for the local economy which normally benefits from a ¥65 billion injection of funds from visitors. Sapporo...
What's Japan's best ski town? Tough choice! The votes are in (thanks everybody who voted!) from our Japan's Best Ski Town poll: we offered a pre-selection of 4 contenders or the option to add your own selection if you didn't agree with any of our 4. In a tight 3 way contest Hakuba beat out Nozawa and Myoko who tied for...
Skiing deep powder in the trees at Seki Onsen in the huge winter of 2012
Seki Onsen ski area - to call it a 'resort' would be stretching things - is special. Can't say it's even a local's secret anymore. But you can definitely still ask the valid question "Is it as sick as Seki?" as Matt Hull , then working seasons in Myoko, now busy with a gorgeous baby and being one of the...

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