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Leaving Narita in a couple hours myself. Hit Hakuba Goryu & Hakuba 47 Wed afternoon and Thursday. Hakuba got hammered Wednesday. Some were saying 70cm and reports that surrounding areas got it again Wed & Thurs nights. It was awesome! Very rude introduction into deep powder snowboarding for me!

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I'll be going to Niseko in 2 weeks... for the guys that are going to Hakuba head to Tsugaike Kogen you won't be disappointed it is one of Japans hidden gems and most of the Japanese locals go there. You will have to take two shuttle buses to get there but it is worth it.
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When you guys are finished at Niseko, come pay us a visit at Hakkoda. 460cm as of today.
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Leaving Narita in a couple hours myself. Hit Hakuba Goyru & Hakuba 47 Wed afternoon and Thursday. Hakuba got hammered Wednesday. Some were saying 70cm and reports that surrounding areas got it again Wed & Thurs nights. It was awesome! Very rude introduction into deep powder snowboarding for me!
haha, hopefully your time didn't involve too much hiking. 70cm is way too much if you've never done powder before, especially without the right board!
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, especially without the right board!
Whats the main differences with a powder board?

We didn't have powder boards, we just moved our binding positions to the rear which made the powder a lot easier.

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Powder boards are just what they sound like. They are generally longer with a large nose to induce float, often some of the tail is removed to help sink the rear, some to the point that they resemble a Flying V guitar. The sidecut is designed with a directional, heavily setback stance in mind so that turning is still very similar to a normal board. Your legs don't get anywhere near as tired, you don't get stuck as easy, etc etc etc.
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Thanks for the info Memphis Hawk
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A few pics

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sweet powder

we are having a bumper year

I will be heading up to Nagano for 3 days of riding next week.
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Time to start planning the next trip!!

We had great time on our first trip at Niseko but want to go somewhere different. While we were there we got told Rusutzu is better than Niseko as the terrain is steeper, more tree runs and better lifts that go to the peak so less walking!
What's the township of Rusutzu like compared to Niseko? Are there supermarkets?
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