XxAc1DtR1PxXSo planning all this out, it seems like it would get to do a whole season at just one resort as the terrain will be all explored in one week or so... So the best bet is too travel round multiple resorts across the region?
So far the resorts that sound good are
In which case, if I plan too hit these where should I base myself. I will probably be looking at working in a hostel or as a dishwasher.
Staying in Echoland area you would be right next to Hakuba 47 and Happo One, which are the largest. Tsugaike and Cortina are smaller but I enjoyed them more - both a short drive away or there are buses.
Nozawa Onsen is a much larger ski area, but quite far from the others; as someone on the thread earlier said, it's a really nice traditional town; whereas Echoland is the Hakuba westerner hub; so it depends what you are looking for.
Someone mentioned Rusutsu and Moiwa - both are great places; Moiwa is very expensive though and last time I went was super busy. Now that Niseko is rammed with people, Rusutsu is busier than it used to be, but still good. However you wouldn't want to live there I think. The first time I skied Rusutsu the only people on the mountain were us, a group of 5 japanese snowboarders, 1 ski school group and the famous japanese backwards skiing man. It was great.