I have also heard good things about Zao.
Just got back from 3 days in Nozawa. Met up with Raid and had a nice day on 30cm of fresh fluffy pow. Poor visibility but we had a mellow day cruising through glades and tree runs.
Second day brought 30cm of fresh and better visibility.
Spent the third day cruising through untouched pow left from the previous day in my secret stashes
Seems like we should get at least one or two more dumps this season
Never summer did a demo day on Sunday in Nozawa. I arrived on Monday, but Raid got to ride 3 or 4 boards and they will be selling here next year it seems. The cobra will be 80000 Yen or so.