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Thank you—and see you for the 2020 World Paddling Film Festival!
Thanks to everyone who joined for the first-ever-in-Japan Paddling Film Festival. Not a huge crowd, but some great paddlers and some really positive feedback. The films were really interesting, even for non-paddlers. In fact, the most popular film, Junk Paddle, was more about the importance of wood in our lives, and people's interaction with nature.
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Hope to see you early next summer for the 2020 Festival! Keep watching here for more news (and you can always contact us at info@dancingsnow.com if you have questions or comments. Be sure to check our Facebook page too.

See us if you need a new wire!
The BOA closure system found on snowboard boots, our Tubbs snowshoes, boots, golf shoes, running shoes and a whole lot more is a tough, clever way to get tightly into your footwear. Boa
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The wires can break (apparently the twist unit can get bashed to death by some of you mad tree bouncers)—although it doesn't happen that often. If it does, just come by Dancing Snow. We've been trained, we have the parts (which are free), and we can get you back in pristine form and ready to head back out on the hill. The labor will be affordable, too—just buy a beer and relax while we rethread the wires! (or a coffee, or a new BCA avalanche transceiver. We aren't fussy). Let us know if we can help!

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Lots of fun stuff for the snow
Dancing Snow is here to guide you up into the mountains, but we're also ready with a variety fo things you'll need to be safe and have fun when you're traveling in the hills:
  • Topographic maps of the area, with English key (above; so you know which hill is which!)
  • BCA snow safety gear: beacons, shovels, probes, airbags
  • K2 skis, poles, boots
  • K2 goggles—now 30% off!
  • Tubbs snowshoes
  • Fits ski and hiking socks
  • Ultra-light Blue Ice ski-use harnesses
  • Myoko-original items from Maruni Jeans

  • Get your new skis!
    Ready for some new skis just right for the Myoko snows? You can get those shiny new boards right here at Dancing Snow!

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    K2 Pon2oonWe can get you set up with all the skis from K2 and Line, put on the bindings of your choice, get them waxed and ready and hold them here for you until you come to visit! We can also ship around Japan as well.

    And, if you like, we can also store your skis right here in Myoko for you over the summer. We’ll put on a thick summer wax to protect the edges and bases, store them, then have them ready for the coming season. Just contact us at info@dancingsnow.com if you'd like more information, or want to place an order.

    We also carry the full line of BCA snow safety equipment, K2 and BCA poles, helmets, skins, Tubbs snowshoes, and some fun Myoko-original clothing and goods in our center.


    Bad snow? Rain? Time for something different?
    Wakasagi (smelt) fishing on Lake Nojiriko
    There are those days when skiing, much as we all love it, just might not be the thing. We can often foresee rain coming up; maybe it's just been gray or there hasn't been enough snow to really get you excited about getting out.

    It's time for something completely different.

    With our partner on nearby Lake Nojiri, try some fishing the Japanese style, in the lake's funkiest, little round wakasagi (smelt) fishing boat. It's heated, there's a lavatory on board, and wagering is always a good idea. And the fish taste great fried up—we can arrange for a full day fishing, and then an evening in town where you can enjoy your catch as the start of a meal (for a small charge we'll even fry them up back at Dancing Snow World headquarters, with reasonably priced beverages also available).

    Groups of three or more, please—check our schedule, and we'll try and post days where it looks likely that we'll be out, so we can put together enough people.
    Wakasagi fishing is available throughout the ski season
    We'll have information from the boat as well, so we know when we're most likely to get a good catch. They do call it "fishing," though, not "catching," but we've never had an unhappy trip yet....
    Number in your group:
    Will be posted soon! But figure around ¥10,000 for everything you'll need for the day (except extra beverages—the first round is on us!)
    Risks
    Please read and understand the following before taking part in a tour:
    1. Depending on weather and snow conditions, tour destinations may be changed, or the tour cancelled.
    2. Backcountry skiing and snowboarding involves the risk of injury or death. For that reason, we require all guests to sign a waiver before taking part in backcountry activities (a pdf version can be found here). At the same time, our guides have training in first aid, avalanche forecasting and rescue, and are dedicated to providing the most enjoyable, well-planned experience possible
    3. Every Dancing Snow client is automatically included in our group insurance policy at no additional charge (please contact us if you would like more details on coverage). We also strongly suggest that all those taking part in backcountry tours have their own active insurance policy which covers outdoor activities.

    Note on personal information
    To ensure the privacy of our guests, we do ask for personal information including telephone numbers, emergency contacts, etc., as part of registration for lessons and tours. We will not use this information for anything other than this purpose, nor will we release any personal information to any third parties.