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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Ruapehu 2022
Japanese ski guides
Madarao Tangram offers you a double dose of classic Japowder, especially their fantastic tree courses. Madarao has got hugely popular over the past few years for the famous tree skiing, helped by one of the original & best executed pro-powder policies in Japan. Now the neighbours at Tangram have come to the party, after ditching their old school no...
Myoko Vista Lodge in thriving Akakura village at the base of magnificent Mount Myoko is the life-changing business of Wollongong couple Louise Wellington & Warrick O’brien. Just how hard is it to own a ski lodge in Japan and live the powder dream? What could go wrong? Well plenty apparently, we talked to several people who had taken the plunge and...
skiing Minowa ski area with a view to Mt Bandai
Minowa and Numajiri in Aizu are a couple of off grid Japan secret stashes you have never heard of. Good! Neither have the pow hungry hordes in Hakuba or other areas already overrun. After nearly 30 years covering skiing in Japan we love nothing more than finding new places where we are still often the only westerners on the...
View of Zao Onsen
Zao Onsen is the heart of skiing in Yamagata, and the best of the many resorts in this north western prefecture of Tohoku. The quaint village that sprawls along the foot of the famous mountain peak is well over a thousand years old. Deep volcanic rifts snake down the mountainside, filled with steaming hydrothermal vents emerging out of the...
Yubotake Hot Springs Field at Kusatsu Onsen
Japan has so many onsen ski towns, but Kusatsu is different. Where else does a huge flow of thermal water power through the main plaza right in the centre of town? Measured at 32,300 litres per minute it's rated Japan's "most bountiful spring". Called 'Yubotake', the 'Hot spring field' in the centre of town looks equally amazing by day...
Powder skiing at Kiroro
Kiroro is the powder capital of Japan. It gets slammed with 21m plus average snow fall a season! Enjoying a privileged location in the supersize-the-snowfall zone close to the coast near Otaru and Sapporo (it's a half day tour over from Kokusai when conditions are good), it just gets more snow than the rest. And now it's skiing top-to-bottom...

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