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Old 09-05-2014, 07:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thinking of making a trip to Japan Jan-Mar, 2015. Just starting my research, so collecting any/all advice I can get. Here's what I'm looking for:
  • Consistent Pow > terrain. Trees, glades and reasonable variety would be ideal. Not looking for anything really gnarly as long as not too flat with lots of traverses. Garden variety blues and blacks like in Colorado or Utah would be fine, if that helps
  • Mostly lift served, but short hikes okay too
  • 12-14 days of boarding everyday is the plan
  • Planning to stay and ride in one location for the duration, so reasonable resort size or multiple mountains in the same area would be nice

So:
  1. Which place(s) in Japan should I be looking at and when in the season?
  2. Tips on when and how to get good airfare from the US (esp. from Dallas)?
  3. For a first time, I was thinking of a package trip that includes lodging, airport transfers, lift tickets and meals for the duration. Any outfits in the US that do this on a regular basis? Your tips/recos based on experience if you've gone this route before?

Thanks.
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Old 09-05-2014, 10:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Thinking of making a trip to Japan Jan-Mar, 2015. Just starting my research, so collecting any/all advice I can get. Here's what I'm looking for:
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So:
  1. Which place(s) in Japan should I be looking at and when in the season?
  2. Tips on when and how to get good airfare from the US (esp. from Dallas)?
  3. For a first time, I was thinking of a package trip that includes lodging, airport transfers, lift tickets and meals for the duration. Any outfits in the US that do this on a regular basis? Your tips/recos based on experience if you've gone this route before?

Thanks.
My suggestion, go to Hokkaido and be based in Niseko. Take day trips to Rutsutsu if you get bored with the 4 areas and slackcountry at Niseko. Late December through February should be ridiculous. Check out these guys for info on what kind of itinerary you can put together Hokkaido's Backcountry Powder Specialists | Black Diamond Tours Niseko, Japan (or hell, get one of their 2 week package deals, they look insane).

I'm heading to Niseko for 10 over Christmas break. We got a ridiculously cheap airfare r/t from Portland to Sapporo/New Chitose for $1100 on Hawaiian Airlines. You can probably find routes connected from DFW pretty easily. My sister booked an apartment with these guys Niseko Accommodation | HT Holidays but there are a couple of hotel options as well as BD tours chalet & a hostel.


I don't know a whole lot about what's available in Hakuba (on the main island where Tokyo is), but I'm sure someone with more knowledge can add to that.
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I will check these out. Thanks for the tips!
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