Originally Posted by AmmergauerTele
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,
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.