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L_Bthanks for the solid advice! We're going the last week of february/first week of march so hopefully the snow will still be fluffy. Even if it's not, I'm stoked to go ski and experience somewhere so different from the average.
Last question, what's the best way to get your skis there? I've flown in the US with skis, are international oversize bag rates the same? Here in the US, they generally just make you pay an average extra bag fee for skis instead of using their official oversize calculations which would cost a ton more. I really don't want to have to drop and extra $200 each way just to get my skis there and back if shipping them is the way to go.
L_BJust got my final paycheck that will allow me to buy some plane tickets to Japan for next winter. However, from doing my own research, it's been really hard to figure out what information is trustworthy and updated and what is resort-company-speak.
Myself and a friend are planning on flying into sapporo for 2 weeks, and we plan on trying to ski Asahidake, Niseko, Rusutsu, maybe Kiriro or one of the many other medium powvilles on the north island.
So now for some questions:
Do you have to make hotel reservations? We're already getting a few nights in sapporo so we have somewhere to crash as soon as we get there, but we weren't sure about the resorts. Here in the US you can often find the best deals at motels outside big resorts, is this the case in Japan? Or should we be booking all our hotels too?
What is the shuttle/bus service like? Everything mentions it vaguely but I'm wondering what the logistics of getting around are really like.
What are clubs/bars/girls/nightlife like?
How expensive is food?
Anything else we wouldn't think of?
Did you really choke on pow?
Is it better to go through a booking agency that will handle everything, or put it together yourself?
Thanks NS, I'm sure I'll get lots of serious replies.