Top 5 Tips to Enjoy the Powder Snow Skiing in Japan
If you are an ardent skier and have heard about the famous powder snow of Japan but haven’t yet got the chance to have the skiing fun there, you should plan your next skiing adventure holiday to Japan. But you should also remember certain things before you go. Here they are.
1. Get a Good Help
The ski resorts of Japan are difficult to navigate unlike that in North America. There are only a few signs and a gate system which is sensible however you may take a little time to get used to it. It’s better to take help of a local person like a guide. Another very good source of help is JapanSkiExperience.com. They have all the important information and help available with them. With the information, you can learn the ropes of the Japanese ski resorts.
While hiring a guide, ensure that they have good knowledge of the mountains where you are going to ski and carry liability insurance.
2. Carry Enough Cash
Japan runs on cash. While some stores and restaurants do accept cash, many other places don’t and it’s hard to find ATMs. Therefore, you should be well-equipped with cash. ATMs at the Sapporo airport come in handy to withdraw Yens.
3. Leave the Thought of Driving
Renting a car in Japan is not allowed unless you carry an international drivers license. So, leave the thought of renting a car from the airport. Bus travel is the most convenient way to go in Hokkaido. However, remember to book them early online as they may be quite busy being popular.
4. Powder Skiing in Hokkaido
Hokkaido is perhaps the powder capital of the world, with its highly regarded ski resorts like Niseko, Rusutsu and Furano. Again Niseko consists of four exclusive resorts viz. Niseko Village, Niseko Hanazono, Grand Hirafu and Niseko Annupuri. All of them are connected to each other through gates and can be ridden with a single lift ticket from Niseko United.
Rusutsu on the other hand is a fun stand-alone mountain with great snow. It has a lot of double fall lines since most of the runs plunge into valleys prior to trickling back to lifts.
5. Dress Properly
Hokkaido can receive snow continuously and become even more than four feet. This is of course awesome for a skier and as long as you are properly dressed. Bring a great ski gear that will keep you warm and dry. Other than this, it’s worth bringing an extra pair of base layers, gloves and goggles.
Follow these tips and have an amazing experience of the powder snow skiing of Japan.