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Sunday, May 31, 2020
Kurodake view down ropeway line
Kurodake is an obscure central Hokkaido gem of a "resort" that boasts a single ropeway (which closes for a few weeks winter maintenance so check before you go) and one short double chair a short walk above that. The chair accesses two short but fun intermediate standard groomed runs and a couple of nice powder lines. More importantly, it...
Powder skiing Asahidake
Hokkaido’s highest mountain at 2,290m, Asahidake offers an experience a world away from Niseko’s hustle and bustle. Get past the ‘no patrol, no sweep’ sign and you’re often on your own, especially after each ropeway load disgorges and disappears. As it has got more popular there is often a morning frenzy as day tripper groups from Furano arrive, but...
Hakkoda Guide Chu hei slashing powder in the trees
Hakkoda is a Japowder classic one-ropeway, one mountain area in Aomori at the top of Honshu that gets huge amounts of snow. It can, and does, also get slammed by weather from all sides. Great for regular snow falls from all directions, but also leading to inevitable down days. Them’s the breaks. I was happy to hook up with local...
Action Snow Sports family at Madarao
Action Snow Sports are the official International Ski & Snowboard School at popular Madarao. We rate Madarao Tangram as the best medium size resort in Honshu, and since Peter Hillman opened Action Snow Sports there a couple of seasons back it has offered great English language programs across the range for kids to adults. Pete is a Japan expert. Previously...
Powder skiing Madarao Tangram back country
Madarao Tangram punches way above it's weight: from terrain to facilities to location to value, it all just works. And even more so if you take a hike, like Shaun Mittwollen & Drew Jolowicz did for Snow Action earlier this year. Rising from the rural plains of Iiyama, almost directly between the popular resorts of Nozawa Onsen and Myoko, the...
powder skiing Sahoro Resort
Sahoro Resort is a much quieter alternative to the better known Hokkaido ski areas further west. It's so quiet in fact that we got fresh tracks on our first day back in Japan, despite not hitting the slopes until late afternoon. The quickest way to get here is to avoid busy New Chitose and instead fly into little Tokachi-Obihiro airport,...