The Southern Hemisphere season hasn't arrived yet but we're getting there. Skiing is still at least six weeks away, unless we get lucky. I almost hope we don't, because I'm still recovering from an injury. Almost. Our first storm even vaguely worth the name has arrived after an unusually mild autumn, and I am planning ahead. Approximately six months or so ahead, in fact.
I intend to go skiing in Japan next winter, and I'd like some advice. Here's the relevant information:
- I'll probably be there for about three weeks, unless people have better suggestions - I am fairly flexible.
- I will be there to ski, to ski, and to ski.
- I know a small handful of words, and can read hiragana (rather poorly), but for all intents and purposes I don't speak the language.
- I don't know what the best time of year to go is, but I have been working under a two year fixed term contract which expires this Christmas, but I also have about 5 weeks of paid leave and no real reason to not just take the last 5 weeks off if the skiing in December is great. If going late in the season is better, that is fine too.
- I have a friend in Aomori (the city, not the prefecture) who I would like to catch up with at some point. He snowboards, and I will be asking him for his opinion on this too, but I probably won't hear back for a month or two. It's just how he is.
- I grew up in a resort town. Après-ski and nightlife come a very distant second to good snow.
- I plan to take my own gear (one ski quiver: 2012 Bushwackers), unless people have better suggestions.
- I would not be against dabbling in some AT. (I don't have much experience with touring, but I do own touring boots and I hope to get a trip or two in this winter down under.)
- I will very probably be on my own, because most other people I know will be trying to accumulate leave to blow on skiing next winter down here.
Any suggestions about where to go, when to go, or pretty much anything would be greatly appreciated.