Hi All, have been reading through and picking up a lot of tips here and there - great community and resource. I was hoping to get some help in planning a family trip as we have no experience with Japan and not a lot with skiing - but we have, at least, travelled a bit. So far we have booked to land in Osaka on 18 Jan and depart evening of 29 Jan. Son, 18, is finishing HSC and is really keen on skiing - he has been a few times at Perisher. Whole trip is about skiing for him and wants to be challenged. Son,14, is keen on skiing- plus some sightseeing etc - is OK on ski and wants to improve. Dad, will ski but enjoys long wide easy runs in good weather etc. Mum - will not ski and does not enjoy the cold. Budget is OK - want to do it comfortably, but also get good value for money. So .... just looking for some advice on : - where to go for good skiing and sightseeing. - should we use a package company or do it ourselves ? - hire a car or get around by public transport ? - passes, gear and lessons would follow. Any suggestions - or other threads you can direct me to ? Thanks.