Shiga Kogen and Myoko Kogen seem like reasonable locations. Staying in a resort town isn't a necessity - Nagano-shi, Myoko-shi, and Iiyama-shi could be possibilities. Further north (in Iwata) there's Morioka-shi. I did consider Aomori as well; being near Hakkoda would be neat, but I don't think I'd want to do a whole season there, and staying Aomori could be pretty rough with my rudimentary spoken Japanese.
I should consider Hakuba seriously, but I hear it's rapidly becoming Niseko 2.0, what with all the Australians these days...
I'm mainly looking for advice on finding somewhere to stay for the season. Anyone got any suggestions or recommendations for me?
EDIT: I have backcountry kit. It will be going with me, and it will be put to good use.
Edited by Yoichi - 7/20/15 at 1:08am