Interview with Utah-loving Jake about the finer points of Hakuba, Japan
When: February 2013
Who with: A group of guys I used to work with from the ski industry.
Why Hakuba? Big mountains, lots of snow, different culture.
Where did you stay? Moegi Hotel, 100m walk from the Gondola in Happo 1. Really nice accom, good food, clean rooms, central location to everything. WIFI in lobby. Western style beds and food.
Ski conditions? Powder, great snow.
Runs? Long and fairly steep.
Crowds? Not a lot, more on the weekend.
Ticket prices? $50 per day. Very reasonable.
Ski rental? Available but limited stock.
Night life? Plenty. Cool restaurants and cool bars.
Transport? Buses link resorts and loop accommodation. $100 per head to get from the airport and $100 to get back.
Go again? Yes, would love to go back. Was hoping to ski a certain secret resort in the region but it was closed due to too much snow (avalanche danger).