Originally Posted by dreampow
Fair point, let me clarify.
Freshly groomed powder as in groomers with packed down powder, AKA corduroy. No newb is going straight into off piste powder, but if there is snowfall the night before the groomers consist of soft compacted powder rather than hard unforgiving ice.
Thats how most of my buddies learned thanks to regular snowfall here in Japan. No bruises or bad injuries.
+1. I am with dreampow 100% on this. It is what makes Japan such a great place to learn for beginners - you generally do not have to be afraid to fall.
I don't enjoy riding in Japan (more accurately Niseko) as much as I used to (I mean, I love the powder but the terrain is just not that challenging without having to do long hikes up undeveloped mountains), but for learning it is definitely tops.