So I got a crew headed out to Japan in February, we are renting two camper vans and want to roadtrip and storm chase on the main island.
What resorts are good to head out to?
So far I got Hakuba as a big destination-
gnar_whalI dont know by that sounds sick. Can I come?
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Also, why limit yourself to resorts? Most of any Japow section is on areas right off the side of the road....
GoodasGoldSo far I got Hakuba as a big destination-
Mike.RecordsHakuba is great, you'll love it. Went there last January and going back this coming one. I can only speak to Hakuba as I haven't been anywere else.
Cortina is great for storm days. It has a sidecountry gate the requires no hiking and then you can take the cat track back around to the front side. However, it faces SE, so hit it before the sun gets to it.
The Goryu sidecountry is a land of trees, spines, ribs and ridges. You can boot 10 - 60 minutes from the top of the lift to get to the goods there. It faces NE and W, so you have a little more time to before the sun gets it. You can then ski back to the base after the runs down the E side. I think single tickets to the top cost about $10.
Happo is all about skiing down these long ridges. It faces E and W. Big alpine terrain that feels the wind.
jungalexandadamn sounds sick g! take some videos or pictures of the trip
I heard they got some dope powder in the northern part so cant hurt to look there
MitchPeeHey man that's really cool you guys will love Japan and I hope you get some good snow.
With that said I'm guessing you don't have much for backcountry experience and the fact that you're talking about "easy sidecountry" is very worrying. Lots of people go to Hakuba every year without much Avalanche knowledge, and for most it works out. However, if you time it right, like going out after a major wind event and just doing "sidecountry", you could find yourself in a very bad situation really quickly. Just because other people are doing it doesn't mean it is a good idea. Please be humble in your decision making. A lot of us have put very hard time in for opening Japanese to the idea of skiing backcountry/sidecountry and everyone who goes out there and gets caught in a slide is a step back.