Hi all - we're trying to plan our first o/s (northern hemisphere) ski trip in Jan/Feb 2019. I originally posted that we wanted to go to USA for 7-8 days and the budget was around $5k, but we've since changed our minds (and got good advice from you guys) to go to Japan. We've also increased the budget to about $7k, and the time to about 10 days skiing (plus travel days). We aim to go at the end of Jan 2019. I'm completely overwhelmed by options and wondered if people who had experience Japan skiing before might help please! About us: he is comfortable on black runs, I'm transitioning to blue (although after this Aus ski season I'm hoping I'll be comfortable on blues). We've both only ever skied in Australia. I love being able to go through the trees in the quiet at Perisher. I have read about 'tree runs' in some resorts in Japan (does this mean the same thing as skiing through the trees in Aus??). I don't really know about 'back country' or even if I'd be competent enough to do it? What I love about skiing is the scenery and the quiet - I'm not a huge thrill seeker! We will have an Epic season pass, so we know we get 5 days at Hakuba, but it doesn't have to be Hakuba if there is a better option for us. If we stay in Hakuba: is it quick and easy to get between resorts without a car? Ie - is it best to stay in one hotel and get a shuttle to whichever resort each day? Thank you so much for your advice last time and thanks in advance for advice on these questions!