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Hokkaido March 2016 suggestions

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We are family of 4. Intermediate adults and expert children skiers that normally spend 20-35 days a year on Whistler Blackcomb. We are going to Japan the last 2 weeks of March. Knowing the snow this year is not great on the main island but seems ok on Hokkaido, we are looking at spending a week on Hokkaido. We have skied Naeba/Kagura several years ago so know that the amount of terrain wherever we go will be much smaller than our usual haunt up at Whistler. Thus, should we divide our time between 2 resorts? Any suggestions from those who have been to Hokkaido in March before? Should we be worried since the snowfall in Japn has been concerning this year? Thanks for any comments.
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I haven't been to Hokkaido in March before, but I can offer the following suggestions.

If you haven't already look up SnowJapan on the Internet. Plenty of info on resorts in Japan. While SnowJapan no longer has an active forum, there are plenty of trip reports and older forum postings that will give you an idea of the advantages and disadvantages of the various resorts.

Niseko is the most popular area, but can sometimes be too popular, reasonably close by are Rusutsu and Kiroro (although not close to each other) both worth visiting.

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The snow in March in Hokkaido can be great, and actually the snow has been pretty good here since the end of December. March is pretty quiet in Niseko (compared to high season anyway), and Onehunga is right about Kiroro and Rusutsu being good day trips. Kiroro gets the most snow, but is a little harder to get around than Rusutsu. Furano is further north and further from the sea so might have good snow later, it does get less snow though. 

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