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Powder trip to Japan and BC [from Europe]

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Hello guys.

 

Unfortunately the season is over for me, but I am planning to go skiing for two months next season. I live in Europe, but I want to try out BC and Japan. So my plan is to take Japan in January and BC in February. Do you guys have any cool recommendations of places in Japan and BC? And is it the best months to ski the two places? I've heard that Japan is best in January, but how about BC? :)Tokyo (TYO), Japan

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Japan on the main island - which is only where I went.  Checkout Hakuba Valley.  Hakuba Cortina for trees.  Just to the west of there is Nozawa Onzen.  They get a LOT of snow.  Couple days in Tokyo too just wandering around is worth it.  Use mass transit to get around.  Everyone raves about the north island, but the mountains are smaller.  

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Japan on the main island - which is only where I went.  Checkout Hakuba Valley.  Hakuba Cortina for trees.  Just to the west of there is Nozawa Onzen.  They get a LOT of snow.  Couple days in Tokyo too just wandering around is worth it.  Use mass transit to get around.  Everyone raves about the north island, but the mountains are smaller.  

Thanks. Tokyo for a couple of days was definitely a priority as well :)

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Everyone raves about the north island, but the mountains are smaller.  

...but unless you're willing to hike/skin a lot, the best powder in Hohshu isn't accessable to most... Hakuba's Happo One area stops at 1650m, the mountain tops out at 3000m. It isn't always the raw size or slope angles we're looking for, but the sheer amount of new high quality snow. It's tough to beat Hokkaido... Unless you're willing or have time to sweat for your turns.

There's great terrain above Tsugaike in Hakuba, but the area itself is pretty darn boring....Hakuba 47 has great tree skiing, but again, above the lifts. Hakuba Cortina is relatively short, and the trees very tight. Same with the Myoko areas, but again, above the lifts, it's spectacular.. Nozawa is a nice cultural experience, but a bit flat. There's a valley to the skier's left of the area that's amazing, but it used to be a major no-no poach. If it's accessible now, it'd be worth a day for sure. Don't ask me how I know this,smile.gif

Personally, I think Hokkaido is well worth the trip. Even then, it's well worth it to have a set up you can do some skinning with.
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Cool. Very useful information. I'm planning to be in Japan for a month, so an area with different mountains in reach is, of course, preferred :)  

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