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Hello all snow Japaners, it is great to see the forums firing up again in anticipation of the coming season. I have moved to Tokyo from Niigata (where I got into skiing) and I am looking to maintain the habit while living in Tokyo. At the first sign of cooler weather, I started clicking around the numerous sites offering bus/train package deals from Tokyo. I found one deal, 初すべり 11月限定日出発 (first ski, November departure) with tickets to Marunuma Kogen in Gunma, starting on November 22nd. What is the chance of the resort even being open at that time, even partially? Are they using artificia
rufic posted a topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryI'll be arriving in Tokyo on the 5th Dec 2011 and leaving on the 23rd Dec 2011. Is it too early in the season to go snowboarding? Do I need to book accommodation/flights to Sapporo or can I just wing it when I get to Japan? Where does the snow fall first? Can someone reassure me? I'm getting a little nervous that I have booked these flights too early because I saw a good deal. Cheers, Richard