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Sunday, June 7, 2020
SnowAction's team (talent Sam Perry, lensman Mark Tsukasov) just hit Nozawa 110% on point, with the typical legendary pow conditions for which this most authentic & most "Japanesy" of all their big resorts, is renowned. Great for them of course but the stage is set for another huge spring season, which locals like Aussie ex-pat Mark Baumann, who has...
Gokoyama's World Heritage village of Suganuma at night
Gokoyama's World Heritage listed thatch roof villages are a great side trip away from the major ski destinations like Myoko, Madarao, Lotte Arai Resort, Hakuba and Nagano. For a break between ski legs, a weekend day trip even, or better an overnight in one of the centuries old minshuki - traditional guest houses - you can indulge...
Sure, we’re all powder legends in our own minds - that’s why we go to japan - but reality can be a shock. even with fat skis or pow snowboards getting your rhythm and style happening is usually a struggle for most. Which is made harder when around the resorts it’s a frenzy of expert and not so expert...
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...
Nozawa was recently rated by our print issue readers as their equal number #3 choice in the world (level with Hakuba, after Niseko & Whistler respectively at #1 & #2). Why? The snow presumably has something to do with it, when it dumps here it, it dumps! And then there's the onsen, including 13 free public ones which are maintained...
Nozawa Onsen offers an amazing combination of great snow, great mountain and great real Japanese onsen town. No wonder it's in the top 3 resorts for Aussie visitors to Japan. Getting so popular does mean it's a little harder to find first tracks. So we asked our gun photographer Shaun Mittwollen for the local insider's lowdown on...