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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
  Sure, Moiwa's powder bowls can't be described as a local's secret anymore. Looking back, it's amazing they stayed so relatively undiscovered for so long. But you can still get some awesome lines there. On a day when the frontside at Hirafu was...
Thigh deep Cortina tree skiing
Cortina tree skiing is insanely good when it's on. It seems a little insane now too but back in our 2010 issue it was still true that Cortina was "Hakuba's Deep Secret .." Gary Grant, co-owner of Hakuba's popular Black Pine Lodge, wrote the feature back...
Japan plans quarantine free tourism in April with a limited trial from then according to reports this week. Yep, April. So apart from late-season options like Kiroro that pretty much takes Japow off the menu for this coming winter for most of us. Given Australia and...
Shiga Kogen off-piste is unlimited. Sure, the majority of visitors come for the variety of ski trails - the vast area nestled in the heart of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park is renowned for expansive ski facilities, with 19 interconnecting resorts and over 80 marked pistes. It's not exactly the Trois Vallees of Japan, but it's pretty impressive.
Maeyama, literally 'Front Mountain', stands right before the majestic 2454m Mt. Myoko. It's one of the best, and easiest to access, of the amazing variety of back country runs in the area. Bill Ross has been skiing and guiding in Myoko for longer than any other westerners. His Dancing Snow team can show you...
The Riesen Slalom Course at Hakuba's premier mountain, Happo One, is as good a piste skiing gets in Japan. It's also your chance to be part of local ski history going back over 70 years. Matt Skinner from Ski Japan Holidays, who has been living in the Hakuba Valley for over 20 years, has...