Arrived early Sunday to find the normal Sunday crowds PLUS a ski competition, both making the lifts a bit crowded at first and some slopes closed to the public.
Lift lines went way down by 9AM so all was good. It must have dumped snow all night Saturday 17 Jan 15 as there was about 2-3 feet of POW POW on the fringes (and on some of less used groomers) on Sunday and it was cloudy to sunny all
Took the second Gondola (Tashiro) Limited lifts and slopes open this early in the season but the snow was soft on the fringes. There is a long flat spot from the top of the gondola to the good slopes so build up speed or you'll me walking.
NOBODY there so snow of the fringes and back country stayed virgin all day. Snow was not quite deep enough to get to all the off-piste areas I like to go but fringes
Not all the lifts were open given it was so early in the season on a week day but lift ticket was 3100 Yen INCLUDING a visit to the ONSEN in the hotel at the bottom of the slope.
The main gondola took us to the top where Virgin Powder was available all day on 5-6 intermediate slopes. The fringes of most of the Pistes/gelendes had 3-4 feet of untouched powder where we spent the entire day. No Ice