A few Hokkaido highlights from winter 2011/12 in Japan to help ease powder withdrawals as we look forward to the 2012/13 season.
Did you ski or snowboard in Japan last season? What were your highlights? Tell us about your experiences.
Footage filmed in Niseko & Rusutsu between December 2011 – March 2012.
Superb video from Generation Snow featuring deep powder, tree skiing and awesome backcountry lines as Olympian Steve Lee explores Hakuba, Japan with alpine racer Stephanie Auderer.
Also featuring the wonderful Phoenix Hakuba (which you can book with Japan Ski Experience!).
Tell us about your best Hakuba experience. When were you there? Share your experiences below or send us a video to show how deep you got!
Hands down one of the best short ski & snowboard videos I’ve seen for a long time. Set in and around Niseko, you almost expect the snow conditions to be that good but the cinematography on show is breathtaking. If it reminds you of the award-winning Signatures, that could be because the makers, Felt Soul Media, teamed up with Sweetgrass Productions to get this footage. Press play and start the weekend with a smile on your face.
Have you ever had it this deep in Niseko? Share your experiences below or send us your own video as proof! If not Niseko, where and when was your best Japan powder experience?
“I don’t think I’ve ever, ever, EVER seen this much snow in my entire life.”
If you think you’ve experienced some big snowfalls in the past, you may need to think again! Here’s a great Myoko video shot back in January which covers the last few days of a Japan ski trip. It snowed over 4 metres in the 3 days they were there producing truly epic conditions.
“Myoko is an absolutely incredible resort, there’s just so much here to do … there’s something for everyone, there’s heaps of snow and great tree skiing.”
Have you ever had it this good in Myoko? Maybe you were there? Share your thoughts below or send us your video. If not Myoko, where and when was your deepest experience of Japowder?
There can be no doubt that Niseko gets more snow than most places on the planet. But while 15 – 20 metres of snowfall is a huge amount over the course of a season, it can be difficult to visualise. These images from our friends at 360niseko go a long way towards helping you get the full picture!
For further evidence of the amazing snowfall we receive in Niseko each season and to play with the original slider image, take a look at the 360niseko Before and After the Snow blog post. Highly recommended.
Hakuba on a powder day is an experience very few ski resorts in the world can offer. Check out this video filmed over 3 days of blue skies, fresh snow and no tracks at Hakuba Cortina and Happo One. Perfect back country conditions meant the group were treated to epic runs and views to match.
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Late February and early March is a fantastic time to be in Japan for the snow. Check out friends Tim and Chris’s third edit from the 2011/12 winter season to get a better idea of the amazing Niseko experience at that time of year.
The fourth and final Japan Journals episode was released last week. If you haven’t seen it yet, make sure you take a look now. In Episode 4 the guys travel back to Tokyo and take in some Japanese culture. They then head to Hakuba for the Slope competition and check out some of the area’s terrain.
We’d also like to remind you that a lot of great Early Bird offers end on the 31st May with discounts of up to 30% applicable on accommodation bookings made by that date. For more information and to make an enquiry, visit our Accommodation page before the end of the month!
The world’s tallest broadcasting tower and Japan’s biggest new landmark, the Tokyo Skytree, has opened to the public.
Nearly 8,000 visitors were expected to take high-speed elevators up to the observation decks of the 634-metre (2,080ft) tower to mark its opening earlier this week. Some reportedly waited in line more than a week to get the coveted tickets for a panoramic view.
As well as being a major tourist attraction, the Skytree will serve as a broadcast tower for television and radio. It replaces the 333-meter-tall Tokyo Tower as the broadcast hub.
Tokyo Skytree is recognised by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest tower, beating the Canton tower in China, which is 600 metres (1,968.5ft).
Go to the Guardian website to read the rest of this article while further information on this remarkable structure can be found on the official Tokyo Skytree website.
From early season bashing through bamboo to late March freshies under blue skies and all the powder in between, Rusutsu consistently produces the goods and remains our favourite day trip from Niseko. Here are some of the 2011/12 highlights.