Day 3 of son trip (took a down day in Sapporo...check out the beer museum).
We bought the Hanazono only pass and were not disappointed. Similar to my previous Niseko trip, I don't think we saw the sun. The snow would let up a bit, then start again. Tracks on groomers would fill in after a few hours. All that is fine - we came for powder. We did laps under the upper quad chair, and when the pizza box chair opened did laps off the sidecountry. Snow was primo with knee deep not uncommon. Lots and lots of hikers above the pizza box chair - would like to try that sometime but I'm not sure where they end up (hike out?).
After skiing the base lodge beer towers are cheaper than they are at lunchtime. My boys and I didn't seem to have trouble finishing one off : )