Japan has some of the best powder snow in the world (powder is non-existent in Australia) and we were lucky enough to experience just one day of it. We took a day trip from Tokyo to Gala Yuzawa resort, about an hour and half by bullet train. The train stops directly at the resort where you can buy your lift pass, hire your gear, change and hire a locker for the day. The price all up is very reasonable, costing around the same price as just a lift pass in Australia (AU$140).
There were enough runs to keep us going for the whole day, it snowed throughout and I attempted jumps, climbed super soft and powdery hills and I got stuck,
at least once waist deep in snow. The hired jacket and pants kept me completely dry and with everything so well maintained in Japan, the gear you hire is like brand new. Gala Yuzawa features a large cafeteria with a selection of food at a reasonable price. They also have accessory shops that sell snoods, goggles, gloves and other assortments at prices to suit every budget. The last run of the day is a 4km winding slope that takes you all the way to the bottom of the mountain. It’s a little confusing to get to the start, so if you missed the turn off like us, you’ll have to take the cable car back down. To top it all off ,when you finish for the day, you can head to the onsen at resort to soak your tired limbs.
If you’re one for experiencing the slopes, Japan is definitely a place that has so much to offer.
My next trip to Japan will be purely for the powder!