Powder everyday, even on the one sunny day we had, we had stacks of pow because other off-piste runs become available a short hike from the top of the tram.
If you're new to the mountain, stay close to the orange poles. If you go off-piste try and stay close to other tracks already made as you will get lost / disoriented very quickly. Don't venture out yourself, and don't be a hero at this place as you will die. No kidding here folks... the weather turns quickly and being exposed and lost in this wilderness could be the end.
This was my second trip here and I rate this place as the best lift serviced mountain in the world. The sheer nervous energy you expend making sure you know where you are as you rip through the trees makes you physically exhausted by the end of the day.
Weekdays has few people, and most of the time you'll get a seat on the tram. Don't sweat if you miss the first tram in the morning on a pow day - there's plenty of tracks of everyone - ALL DAY!
Very few gaijin and that's just the way I likes it. Let's keep this place a secret ok!
Few places to stay here. Two good places at the base, and another place up the road. Forget apres. If you want apres go somewhere else which is better for everyone else here as we don't want Aussies, Americans, Chinese and others invading and ruining this special place.