We heard Shaun White said Japan is the best snowboarding he has ever done. Really, Japan? We were intrigued! My husband and I learned to snowboard about 4 years ago when I gave him a snowboard for Christmas. That was the end of all my tropical vacations as essentially anytime we have off we are on a mountain......worst mistake of my life! At the time neither of us snowboarded but my brothers had all been riding for a number of years and most of my friends did as well. We learned on the icy east coast snow (Wachusett represent!). We often night boarded after work which meant conditions were terrible. Since then we have been fortunate enough to have ventured out to the west coast. Riding at Vail, which remains my favorite mountain in the States, Breckenridge, and Big Sky in Montana. Leon loves Mammouth, Snowbird (Utah) and Mount Hood (Portland) as well.
So let’s get to the good stuff! Why is Japan so great? After talking to the locals we learned that it snows almost everyday between 6-12 inches from Dec-April! What the flurries?! On occasion, the snow stops for 1-2 days at the most. So this means Powder or Pow as the locals call it, all the time!!!! The mountain is comparable to the size of the East Coast. But lines are efficient and move fairly quickly.
Yes, waist deep in Pow!
White out conditions everyday!
The seats are extremely low even for me, so be warned!
The best part of a long cold day. The food choices are unbelievable, no burgers and fries here.
Beef bowl, steamed eggs, seafood soup, pickled cucumbers and poached eggs. $12! Score!
Niseko Village with the gang.
Me and the guys. Yes, they love each other a bit too much.
I leave you with a breathtaking view of Niseko. Looks like an erupting Volcano. Oh, I miss Japan.
Readers, what do you think of my Asia trip so far? Would you snowboard in Japan?