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Sunday, June 7, 2020
For 15 years SnowAction has been delivering the best independent Japowder coverage, finding new options so you can stay ahead of the game. Aomori spring resort, in Honshu’s most northerly prefecture, Aomori, gets so much snow no one really measures it. Our New Zealand Editor (whose mum is Japanese) Kenji Boekholt checked it out. We arrived at dark into Aomori, stoke...
First tracks is the dream for many heading to Niseko, and even on the standard one week holiday it’s possible to get them every day, as we proved on a mission to do just that a couple of seasons back. But unless you have competent friends with local knowledge you will improve your chances by paying for expert help. One...

Tokachi Mountains Rule

With the Tokachi Mountains off to their best start in 30 years time to revisit this - it's as good backcountry powder skiing as anywhere in the world on its day, which is 5 - 6 days a week usually here from Mid-December to mid-March! Being first is to powder skiing as the theory of relativity is to the universe,...
Tazawako is still unknown to mainstream international ski visitors to Japan. But the World's best mogul skiers have been coming here for years thanks to the annual World Cup mogul comps. Their latest poster featured Aussie star Britt Cox on the podium again at the 2018 edition, which had happened a few weeks before we arrived in early March....
Here's a great new free ski hire Niseko deal - book a minimum 5 days Adult or Kids group lesson ‘Super Saver’ package, or 3-hour private lesson with NBS, and get FREE rental equipment during your stay! Save up to $350! Applies if booked with a SkiJapan.com package - there are great early bird deals on those too. Book it...
Sure, gear, technique & fitness all help, but the first law of powder skiing remains immutable anywhere lift accessed and busy, even Niseko. And even more so this year now that Americans have finally discovered it thanks to all the film crews who dropped in last winter. If you want guaranteed first shot at the goods forget argy-bargy in...