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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).






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It was a ski brochure on the Dolomites (Italy) that first stirred Emma's interest in all things ski-related. That endless white moonscape, skiable as far as the eye can see... those geological wonderments. All those hot gluhwein drinks! Promptly quitting her Japanese language teaching job Emma hot-footed it to Austria to become a a ski-instructor, got engaged and did a season alternating between consuming chicken schnitzels and demonstrating the 'alpine position' to English ski students. Whist still not fulfilling her Dolomite ski fantasy, Emma happily lives and breathes her passion, albeit through writing and finds North America and Japan great snow resorts to share with her young family. Particularly the buffalo wings and the okonomiyaki.

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