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Powder and wonder on Japan’s Northern Island: A trip to Hokkaido

Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile

Photo Credit: Beckywithasmile

It has been almost ten years since I first saw videos of snowboarders floating through on a foot of powder through perfectly spaced trees in Japan. At first I was mesmerized, and quickly began to question where in Japan this was.

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Skiing in Japan; Niseko and Rusutsu

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Being frequent skiers for many years and after exploring many of the European slopes our group decided to venture across the big pond and see what else we could find. After browsing the web for what seemed like forever we started looking through reviews and blogs relating to Japan. Although Japan is seems quite small it has hundreds of ski resorts, so after much deliberation we decided to pack our skis and see what they had to offer.

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The Japanese Ski Season – When, Where and Why?

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Photo by jasohill on Flickr

The ski season stretches from as early as mid-November, to as late as May, but going at either end of the season means only a few runs are open with man-made snow. Lower altitude ski fields only last from around December to March. Japan is renowned for its thick powder, and so if you’re going to bother making the trip for skiing, you will want to go when it’s at it’s best, so when is that?

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