Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Hakuba, Japan for the 2011/12 season
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Ive been going to Hakuba for the last 3 seasons
For two week trips in Feb ive always got at least 1m of fresh snow over my trip
Hakuba has proper mountains with 1000m vertical, about 5 proper resorts to choose from.
Easily accessed backcountry with avalnche knowledge required, endless hiking if thats what you want.
Can get steep tree runs, great varied terrain. I love the place.
Parkwise dont expect anything close to north american parks. You come here for the powder and BC not park riding.
Hakuba has definitely got more english signs and facilities for westerners in the 3 years ive been coming but you can still get authentic feel in the town.
Havent been in Niseko but from my research it has slightly better snow, but more flat terrain ie big hills rather than mountains. Its pretty much aussie town like whistler which i wanted to get away from.
There is buckload more great ski areas that are less known, so dont discount them, the above are the most popular with westerners.
Ask any questions if you have about Hakuba.
If you want powder you cant loose coming to Japan