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Wednesday, October 28, 2020
No question, it's been an unusually slow snow season across Japan. The Japow has been too little, to late, and too intermittent. But things are finally on the up and up most places. The latest snow depth chart from SnowJapan.com (by far the most comprehensive reliable source) shows this top 20. OK, we know, this shows 22,...
Japan's best night skiing can be found off the Niseko Hirafu gondola
Japan's best night skiing, or 'nighta' as the locals call it, is a big call. There are hundreds of ski areas that still offer some night runs. Back in the ski boom years a resort really had to have some floodlights and night skiing to compete. Many of these still turn on the lights at least a...
Ani Ski Resort on Mt Moriyoshi in remote Akita Prefecture is an absolute 'Japow' classic that is still off the radar for most international skiers and boarders. It gets slammed with great snow, and offers plenty of great tree runs off the single gondola and bonus short double chair at the top. We put the word out last year...
deep pow smashing in the trees at Shiga Kogen
Shiga Kogen offers superb consistent powder snow, a huge variety of terrrain sprawling over 19 inter-connected areas and some great value ski in/ski out options. Yes, it is both cheaper and less crowded here than at more popular Hokkaido and Honshu areas. Also, in a low snow warmer season like this 2019-2020 one which is delivering a lot of rain...
Shizukuishi Ski Resort is the little Prince of Powder that delivers big lines and less people. Tucked away in northern Iwate Prefecture, the slopes are often empty. Shizukuishi Prince Hotel is actually the smallest of Japan's famous and award winning Prince ski resort hotels but it has all the facilities you need, and some bonus options like the sunrise cat tour...
No lifts opening? Here's one solution! Hokkaido snow bikes deliver serious snow fun on half or full day adventures slashing legendary Japow with more grunt than the best pair of legs can supply. Snow Action's Snowboard Editor & resident Big Boys Toys Tester, Peter Wunder checked them out. Photos Hisashi Haruki and Peter Wunder. You will go to bed re-living the awesome day...