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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Ruapehu 2022
Great Japan ski side trips? Wow, where to start! We all need an occasional downday after all. Japan offers so many great experiences either close to or on the way to the main ski areas that you are totally spoilt for choice. The Snow Monkeys at Jigokudani would likely be the #1 non-ski site anyone going anywhere near Nagano visits. They...
story & pics Owain Price We get around in this job, and in Japan seriously weird is normal, all part of the fun, but within a couple of hours at Rusutsu we had seen and done things we had never done in our entire ski lifetimes. Like listening to an animated singing tree on arrival. Sounds kitsch, but actually it takes...

Niseko Fresh Daily

Fresh is best, & few places on the planet are more likely to deliver your daily dose than Niseko. OK, it’s not as easy to find as ‘back in the day’, but SnowAction scored 7 pow days in 7 last year, as Owain Price reports. Yes, fresh is best, as your doctor or supermarket ads can tell you. At Niseko,...
Naeba is simply the biggest and best ski in/ski out self-contained ski resort in Japan. Just fall out the door from any of the five Prince Resort hotel wings straight onto lifts and slopes. Your little kids can even start skiing indoors too, and for families generally it's a no brainer: kid's to 12 ski free all season, like...
Aizu is one of the most beautiful ski regions in Japan, with magnificent lakes, forests and mountains, including 22 ski areas, just a few hours north of Tokyo. Ski it for 2019-2020 with an incredible deal from $529 per person 2 share including 5 nights 3-star accommodation and a 6 day all Aizu area pass! All areas in Aizu means...
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...

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