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Not such great conditions for the end of Feb
We've had some good snow, and now some... well, not such great snow. Meaning rain, winds and a big drop in the snowpack. We're holding back for a while, but March often brings some good powder. Let's hope: we need more snow if we're going to have good spring skiing! A busy week
We had one of our busiest weeks ever last week—from tours nearly every day to private lessons to Dancing Snow appearing on NHK's Agora TV show (we're primetime!). Thanks to everybody, and much more to come! Tours get going!
The snow has started to cooperate, so we're seeing the small trees disappear and the valleys get smoothed out by snow. That means we can start touring in honest—so please check our schedule to see what tours are ahead. Fun at K2 International Women's Ski Day
A great day for a group of local women skiers and some new friends from outside Myoko, at the first-ever K2 International Women's Ski Day. The male team was ready for cooking and bar-tending, but luckily a good snowfall meant that many of the ladies got to get in the first turns of the new year, and to try out some K2 women's skis as well.
Because it was so early in the season, most ski instructors weren't even in town yet—but everybody had a great time, and we're already looking forward to next year. The proof: we thought things would be done after a little food and distribution of K2 goods, but the talk and fun didn't stop until past 11 p.m.! See more at our Facebook page.
 
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Join us in the beautiful Myoko backcountry!
Dancing Snow has something for every adventurer, from hiking in the woods for complete beginners, to big descents from area peaks.

You don't have to be an expert skier to enjoy your own backcountry adventure with Dancing Snow!
Backcountry doesn't necessarily mean the ultra-steep slopes and narrow chutes of ski videos; if you're ready to have fun in the snow, we have something for you (including some steep and challenging runs). In fact, we particularly enjoy giving people their first experience in the backcountry.

First take a look at our tour schedule page for the destinations we're planning. Other tour and hiking days are also possible, depending on guide availability. Just tell us what you'd like to do; we'll do our best to arrange a program to make it happen.

Please let us know at least a few days in advance, so we can arrange everything needed, and get together people with similar interests and skills (we're not necessarily on the mountain every day).


What we do
  For everyone:
  • Snow hiking, on skis (and even beginners can handle these!) or snowshoes. A stroll through the snowy woods, hot lunch on a snow table (even a little wine for those who wish).
  • Telemark ski lessons, for those who have never tried the fun of freeheeling
  • Introduction to avalanche thinking. We have two Level 1-certified guides who can get you thinking about what it means to go into the backcountry, give you some basic tools and approaches, and get you used to using your "avy eyes" before you head off into untouched snow. The backcountry is great, but your knowledge of the risks is key.
  •   For those new to deep powder or backcountry skiing:
  • Our Powder Experience at Seki Onsen. We run it like a tour, but you'll use lifts as we help you gradually get used to the idea of bounding through snow instead of crashing into the big waves of Myoko pow. You'll learn how to use avalanche gear (required for all to use!), enjoy lunch and a coffee break, and lots of powder (dates depend on good snow).
  • First tours: We have courses that aren't as challenging as a full peak attack, but that give a great experience in climbing up, and skiing down through the Myoko trees.
  • Intermediate telemark lessons, usually (because it's Myoko) with a focus on dealing with powder.
  •   Day tours
  • Trips to the many local peaks, for those who have experience in the backcountry, or have good powder/tree skiing experience and want to go all the way to the top.
  •   Multi-day tours
  • We head into the Myoko back/backcountry, or to places like Tateyama, Oze and even Mt. Fuji in the spring; Tateyama in the fall.

  • After our recent hacking attack (see News at left), I'll keep making sure the links are OK, and restoring our content to the newest versions, but in the meantime, just drop a line to us at info@dancingsnow.com and let us know what sounds interesting, or what else you might like to do in Myoko's very big outdoors.
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