I had been planning on going to France to ski in January, but at this point it would be insane to leave Tahoe for Europe. That said, I still want to take a trip and thus have been looking at alternatives. Since I speak Japanese, but have never been to Hokkaido, it seems like an obvious choice. I can also, change my travel plans with relatively little sunk cost. A few questions:
1. Is there enough interesting skiing (off-piste, powder, but inbounds) at the various resorts to keep a solo skier busy for two weeks? Obviously, I'd like to do as much backcountry as possible, but since I'm alone that means meeting people or hiring guides. I'm not adverse to the latter, but it is expensive and thus would probably be limited to 4 or maybe 5 days.
2. Given that I speak Japanese, vastly prefer traditional Japanese accommodation/culture to hanging out with Australians/English speakers, and am more focused on skiing than nightlife (but still want to get out a bit, including onsen), where would be recommended to stay?
3. Rough idea of how to break up 12 or so days of skiing (last two weeks of January) between the various resorts/backcountry (assume 4 or so days of hiring a guide for backcountry).
Anything else I should know? Is the season so far there worth leaving Tahoe (which is getting hammered) for? The other option is to stay in the area and ski Squaw, Mammoth and Kirkwood (my home resort) for the two weeks.
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Edited by onnel - 12/26/15 at 11:45pm