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Skiing at Nozawen Onsen at end March/early April

Discussion in 'Japan' started by brissmith, Jun 15, 2019.

  1. brissmith

    brissmith Early Days

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    Is there still good skiing at Nozawen Onsen at the end of March / early April? Or any other locations in Japan? We are a family of four - 10 year old, 13 year old and two adults. Kids have never been skiing before and we are beginners too. Thanks!
     
  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Go to Hakuba at that time of year IMO.

    Most facilities still open.
    Sunny. Should have decent beginner snow at places like Tsugaike.
     
  3. Zimbooo

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    Where ever you choose make sure you can still get ski/snowboard beginner lessons in English.
    Some international ski/snowboard schools finish up end of March, some go into April. Depending on location, elevation etc.
    Also, if you are relying on local transport (like free shuttle buses between resorts etc), make sure that they will still be running for your stay.
    End of March is also a cut off for these types of services in some areas. So then it would be a taxi to get around if you don't have your own transport.
     
  4. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'd say that if you don't want to have a car, and because in some places, inter mountain shuttles may not be operating, Nozawa should be a good option. It also has beginner's slopes at bottom and near the top, so you will have plenty of beginner's options.
     
  5. grantn

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    At that time of year I would go to Hokkaido. End of March/start of April can get pretty warm on Honshu, and some aspects at Nozawa will be slushy and icy. If you are beginners Niseko will have English ski school, prices will have dropped for accom, and crowds will be minimal. I don't love Niseko for a variety of reasons, but at that time of year, for your family's needs, I think it would be excellent.
     
  6. brissmith

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    Thank you! I was tending towards Nozawa but we will have a look at Niseko. Why don't you like Niseko? given we are a first time snow family it might be a nice way to ease into it.
     
  7. brissmith

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    did some more reading and with what people say we might as well go skiing in Australia. I am on information overload atm..
    Will will probably shift our timing in January/February if we can get flights.
     
  8. Sbooker

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    Or choose Europe or North America as the hills are far higher in elevation and hold snow better at that time of year. Easter is in my view the absolute best time for beginners at the right mountains in those regions.
    You will find airfares at that time to be pretty similar to Japan (should be able to get to Calgary, Los Angeles, Geneva for under $1300 per person). Accom is cheaper in some circumstances. For value and good snow record at that time look at -
    Cervinia (Italy)
    Solden (Austria)
    Mammoth Mountain (California)
    Sunshine Village - Banff (Canada)
    Panorama (Canada)
    Les Arcs (France)
    Copper Mountain (Colorado)

    With the dollar the way it is Canada is the obvious choice. Fly into Calgary and get a shuttle to Banff. You're then in the heart of the Canadian Rockies. Easy bus each day to one of three great ski mountains. Banff is a great town. My family has skied there at Easter twice and both occasions had heaps of fresh snow.
    Or as you say do Japan in January/February.
     
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  9. Lucky Pete

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    MUCH better option! 1st time trip come to Hakuba. Its easy to get to, easy to get around, great ski school (Hakuba Snowsports), LOTS of beginner and low intermediate options being 10 resorts down the valley and is a great 1st time destination. Like most places now, avoid Chinese New Year which is now the busiest week in town.
     
  10. SEJ

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    I skied Niseko in April with kids this year. Fabulous time of year- still good snow(particularly if kids are beginners), no crowds, warmer weather and cheaper prices. A lot of restaurants are shut by then, but most of the other services continue until end of first week April.
     
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    You can find airfares for under $1000 ariound that time to Japan.
     
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    Make it February, after Aus school holidays. Will be easier to get accomm and kids ski lessons.
     
  13. brissmith

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    Thanks! Having a look at this now as a way for us to get our ski legs. Any recommendations for accommodation?
     
  14. brissmith

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    Great idea. Having a look at this as well with an option. Our kids are at school so would prefer holidays but of course it is a peak time because everyone has kids!
     
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    Thanks for suggesting this. A friend of ours goes to America almost yearly for skiing and loves it there. So many options.....
     
  16. Donzah

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    And lift passes considerably cheaper.
    What's mammoth a day now?
    $200aud ?
     
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    Check Chinese New Year dates, you dont want to be traveling then...
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    We will be....
     
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    Does anyone buy day tickets these days?
     
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    You can get day tickets in Japan in many big places for $35-$40 USD (regular price with coupon), so you don't have to p@ss-fart around with Ultra-mega-multi passes, you can just decide on the day.....
     
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    Especially if you're a beginner family. Like the OP
     
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  22. Sbooker

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    Good point I guess.
    I wasn't knocking Japan - I just think there are better options late March and early April.
     
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    we will be travelling Chinese New Year too! It was a bit hard to get around it next year!