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Old 28-09-2019, 11:25 AM   #1
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Recommended places to learn skiing/snowboarding

Would like to know any recommended places for skiing/snowboarding?

Which is the best time to go learn skiing ie. less crowded - is it location dependent?

Also, which is more difficult - snowboarding or skiing?
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Old 28-09-2019, 01:55 PM   #2
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Got to be Niseko for free and easy.

Best time at Niseko would be between Jan and Feb for me.
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Old 28-09-2019, 08:08 PM   #3
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Most convenient from Tokyo is Gala Yuzawa. The train station is the entrance to the ski resort itself. Based on what I read, skiing is difficult at first but easier to master. Snowboarding might be easier at first but difficult to master.
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Old 28-09-2019, 10:54 PM   #4
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Would like to know any recommended places for skiing/snowboarding?

Which is the best time to go learn skiing ie. less crowded - is it location dependent?

Also, which is more difficult - snowboarding or skiing?
I would say avoid hokkaido which is crowded, expensive, and really quite angmoh-fied, and head to the mountains on the main island instead.

If you won't have anyone with you who can teach you then go to myoko kogen. There's a large ski school there owned by an Aussie, so lots of English speaking ski instructors for group ski school. But the akakura onsen town is still a very traditional Japanese village so you still get that Japanese "feel" when you're in between slopes.

Snowboarding is "safer" in that if you encounter a slope that's too steep for you, you can still just slow slide your way down the hill (much harder to do on skis). But if you're trying to learn properly, it hurts quite a bit more when you fall on snowboards.
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