I wish I was good enough to join your Nozawa trip... spring has sprung in Gunma and my local hill is slushy and icy. Please have more meet-ups next winter after I've had a chance to do some back country in my area
I just realized Nozawa is in Nagano... from the "anyone in japan?" thread I dunno why, I just assumed it was in Hokkaido. I have a free pass to Madarao Kogen that I want to use Saturday. Raid, even though i'm not the most experienced, powder and tree runs is what I love. If I find myself at Nozawa on Sunday, hopefully I can spot you and you can show me where the best runs are. I learn the most when I'm boarding with much more experienced riders.