To nearly every skier around the world, the idea of a skiing holiday to Japan is the ultimate experience. You may think that this is just down to the consistent level of world class powder found in Hakuba, but the fact of the matter is that there are plenty of other reasons why people have life changing ski experiences in Japan. If you’re not in the know about why Japan is seen as a world class skiing destination, here are the 5 main reasons.
Quality of Snow
The cold winds that come over the Japanese sea from Siberia are the reason that there are massive amounts of powder dumps each year. If you’re looking for the best months then January and February are when you’ll get the most snow. To give you an idea of just how much there is, Hakuba gets on average over 10 meters of powder every year and powder is what ever skier is looking for.
One thing that Japan will never let you on is the food. It’s tasty, exquisite and very healthy indeed – it’s the perfect cuisine to refuel on after a long day skiing. The best dish to try is Ramen, this is a noodle soup top with meat or fish and a plethora of vegetables, I love it because it warms you up nicely. Of course the sushi is to die for and better than you will have ever had back home. Don’t forget to try the sake which is alcohol made from rice, look out for special events held at hotels where they have an evening of sake tasting.
Japan is famous for the onsen, that is a pool which is filled by a hot spring. The relaxation and therapy this gives your body (most of all your legs) cannot be over emphasised. I found myself looking forward to heading to an onsen every evening, do try more than one because each have their own qualities and designs.
Due to the fact that there is so much powder, ski lovers like to explore the back country and head off the marked runs for a day or tow. It is much easier to ski in the back country in Japan when compared to resorts in Europe. I recommend you hire a guide for the day because he/she has all the experience need to help you get the most out of your off piste ski trip.
You would think that with such world class skiing and customer service you’d end up spending a huge amount of money, well I think what you get is such great value. Japan has options for every budget and when compared to its European counterparts, accommodation, food, ski passes and equipment hire is much cheaper.