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Nozawa Onsen
Nozawa Onsen Village, Nagano
Submitted by keywe on 30th January 2015
A fun resort with a unique town
Had planned to visit Nozawa mainly because of the off slope options for my beginning to ski partner. That worked out quite well. The town is unique (in my experience anyway). Interesting to wander around but it won't take you long! Everything is quite close together but can sometimes be hard to find until you get your bearings. The onsens are also a pretty cool experience and once you get past the slight embrassesment of
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Niseko Hanazono Resort
Kutchan Town, Hokkaido
Submitted by mcarples on 30th January 2015
Great Snow
Hanazano was great fun!

Had powder both days we were there, and the gates opened both days too.

Excellent runs form the top via gates 3 and 4.

Bit crowded on the better of the powder mornings, so things tracked out quickly
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Minakami Houdaigi
Minakami Town, Gunma
Submitted by Gunma Boarder on 29th January 2015
A nice hill off the beaten path.

Houdaigi is a ski hill in the north of Minakami just under 20 km from Minakami IC (highway exit). It offers some nice courses for riders of all levels and due to it’s location it consistently gets good powder snow during the winter months. It is located on the northwestern slopes of Gunma’s Mt. Hotaka and due to this orientation the snow is less effected by sun than other hills in the area. I would consider Houdaigi
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Hotaka Bokujo
Katashina Village, Gunma
Submitted by malibu05 on 28th January 2015
Good enough
There’re good slopes.
Most of the people were snowboarders.
Never waited for the lifts or lunch.
Too bad we had to leave there around 2pm because of too strong wind and snow.
I want to go back when condition is perfect.
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Hakuba Goryu
Hakuba Village, Nagano
Submitted by nagpants on 28th January 2015
My choice in the Hakuba region
I used to favor Happo-one, but recently changed to spending more time at Hakuba Goryu (and 47). Moguls put me off Happo, I think there's too many of them and they seem to be 'growing'!

Goryu-47 though is a fine area to spend a day or two, beginners stay on the lower areas while I head up to Grand Prix, Panorama, Dynamic and Expert... basically the runs up top.

Usually stick there but sometimes take a mosey on down
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Gujo City, Gifu
Submitted by nagpants on 28th January 2015
If you are in Osaka-Nagoya region, this is where you want to head
Dynaland-Takasu Snow Park is one of the resort areas in the Gujo area of Gifu and a new discovery for me.

These two are are connected and share a joint ticket (I don't even know if you can buy seperate ones), but it's about the same cost as a ticket elsewhere.

Makes for a really big area, though personally I preferred the Dynaland side... felt the snow was better over there on the day I went. The ungrommed area of Champion
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Myoko Suginohara
Myoko City, Niigata
Submitted by bkurobe on 28th January 2015
Probably the best in Myoko
Although Myoko is really a series of ski mountains, Suginohara is probably my favorite.

On this day, it was a white out which I love beacuse the snow was deep and not many people out on the slopes. 30-40 cm of fresh pow all day, our tracks pretty much covered up everytime we went up the lifts.

At the very top there are some good tree runs if your willing to duck some ropes.

It's also a good entry point
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