I currently live in Yamagata and wanted to ask about other people's experiences of skiing in Honshu and Hokkaido.
So far, I have only skied in Yamagata but I plan to travel further afield this year. I want to go up to Hokkaido to visit Niseko and Rusutsu but am somewhat sceptical about the famed snow quality. I have heard from a friend or two and from my internet research about how much better the snow is up there: lighter and fluffier. What are the thoughts of those of you who have experienced the snow both in Honshu and Hokkaido? Does the better snow outweigh the large groups of Aussies tracking it all up?
Anybody been to Hakkoda in Aomori?
Also, I am looking into taking a AST level 1course this year either in Niseko or Hakuba. For Niseko I am looking at going with Black Diamond Tours or Hokkaido Powder Guides. For Hakuba I am thinking of doing it with Hakuba Alpine Guides or Evergreen. Does anybody have any recommendations for who to go with or where to do it?
Otherwise, I am spending my sweaty summer days dreaming of the cool blanket of snow to come. I can't wait to track it up!