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Where in Japan did you experience best snow conditions?

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I have experienced really great snow conditions many times in Japan.

But my best two have to be a day about 5 years ago in Myoko and then a few years ago in Shiga Kogen up at Okushiga/Yakebitaiyama.

 

 

 

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It is quite a few years back now but one day at Hakuba Cortina comes to mind.

It was one of those days when even places that usually are just 'average' will have been awesome.

But Cortina was particularly awesome!

 

 

 

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I think the best I have ever experiences will have probably been at Kagura when I first arrived in that region.

Natsukashii. That's quite a way back now.

 

 

 

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Geto Kogen in Iwate

When Japan is pumping though, I have found it hard to find 'bad'.

Which is definitely good!

 

 

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Snow conditions at Japanese ski resorts can range from excellent to horrible on any given day (just like conditions at ski areas worldwide).

It's called weather, and you just have to deal with it.

That said, conditions in Japan are typically most reliable in January-February.

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The single best day I can remember was in the early '90s as a three-day storm wound down and the higher lifts reopened in Nozawa Onsen; was like skiing through a chest-deep cloud! (Not that I handled the conditions with anything resembling actual ski technique.) 
But there have been so many memorable powder days, including what I'll call my "first" in what's now Yuzawa Park, when my 10-ride pass ran out and I couldn't afford another one, so I hiked up a couple of hundred meters three times to straightline the beginner run in boot-deep fresh!
My most recent great powder day was this past season, knee-deep and still dumping on a weekday with only maybe six other people out there. I'm limiting knowledge of that venue. 

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My best day ever was in Myoko.

It had been puking quality snow for a few days, there must have been 1.5m of snow even down in the town.

The snow let up early morning and the sun came out just in time for first lifts. It wasn't busy.

Bliss.

 

 

 

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Mine would have to be Kagura. Admittedly it is the place where I have been most, but after good snowfall it often offers fantastic conditions.

 

 

 

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