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Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Canyons.jp guid eMike Harriss skiing the Tenjindaira birch trees
Tenjindaira is love at first sight for all good skiers and riders. One look at mighty Mt Tanigawadake, pride of Gunma Prefecture and home to 'Tenji' ski area, is enough to realise it has incredible alpine terrain options only limited by your skill, fitness and the conditions. But that first sight can take a while: it snows buckets here, and is...
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. For the 2020-21 season, with very few of Aussies or other short term foreign guests until at least April by the looks, it could be back to the good old...
Asahidake is indeed the roof of Hokkaido, the island's highest mountain at 2,290m. Not surprisingly therefore it offers great snow and 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 tram (cable car/ropeway) load disgorges and disappears. Like everywhere else, it had got busier...
  Sure, Moiwa's powder bowls can't be described as a local's secret anymore. Looking back, it's amazing they stayed so relatively undiscovered for so long. But you can still get some awesome lines there. On a day when the frontside at Hirafu was swarming, Moiwa was virtually deserted. The liftline of just 20 or so waiting for the avalanche all clear had...
Thigh deep Cortina tree skiing
Cortina tree skiing is insanely good when it's on. It seems a little insane now too but back in our 2010 issue it was still true that Cortina was "Hakuba's Deep Secret .." Gary Grant, co-owner of Hakuba's popular Black Pine Lodge, wrote the feature back then and he still loves the trees. Of course, the word leaked out long ago and...
Japan plans quarantine free tourism in April with a limited trial from then according to reports this week. Yep, April. So apart from late-season options like Kiroro that pretty much takes Japow off the menu for this coming winter for most of us. Given Australia and New Zealand have been included in the countries which Japan considers safe for restarting reciprocal...

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