This was my second visit. The first one was a few years back and it was so windy that I couldn't enjoy a thing.
This time was different. Still windy, but alternating with sun, snow, blue skies, dense clouds, and heavy snow.
We got tickets for Grand Hirafu, but boarded the actual slope only once. Most of the time we hiked up to the very top and boarded the slopes left of Hanazono. Fantastic powder. Unfortunately about a couple hundred people got
So far the best place I have ridden in Japan. It seems like the lift system was actually planned rather than decided by geriatric throwing darts at a picture of the mountain. There is plenty of tree riding to be had and the management seems to actively endorse it by grooming up to an exit point of a gulley where it might otherwise be too flat to ride out.
Probably the best area for off piste riding is the bowl formed
So friendly and helpful. Had great instructors from Niseko. So kid friendly, great pool, great restaurants and resort. Amazing snow and good runs for all abilities. Suit beginner to expert. Lovely local food available. We ate in caferteria with local kids daily. Great miso soup with noodles. Not much english spoken but resort staff extremely helpful. We loved it and will return yearly!!