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Great last tour for 2016-2017
We had a really outstanding two nights and three days in Tateyama, the big Alpine area that's long been a Dancing Snow favorite. We got in midday on Friday, just enough to get to our lodging at Raicho-so and then get out for a hike up Raicho-sawa.

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The second day saw some pretty bad weather, but while the rain and wind were howling and pounding we enjoyed a quiet coffee, extra soaks in the onsen (with the amazing views out over the mountains), then got out during a two hour break from 2 for another hike up among the raicho (ptarmigans) all over Raicho-sawa and a really fun slide down. Then on day three — with blue skies and warm sun — we headed up toward Ichi-no-okoshi, depot'ed our gear and climbed up the back of Mt. Yodo. Super fun steep slopes, soft snow, first tracks....

Take a look at our Facebook page, and be sure to join us next season! We'll be adding firm dates for May 2018 soon, and maybe even for November 2017 (always fun to see if we get enough snow before the mountain closes down in the third week of the month).

Exterior Welcome to the new Dancing Snow World Headquarters!

We're very happy to have a new home to welcome our tour guests, and to provide more backcountry gear, rentals, and even sales of some great Myoko products! Dancing Snow is now located just below the Myoko Sky Cable at Akakan. We have:

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• Tour and telemark ski, skins, snowshoe and pole rentals
• Avalanche gear rentals, including BCA transceivers, BCA airbags and cylinders for BCA airbags (don't bother bringing one from overseas!)
• BCA Beacon Park: practice using your avalanche gear in a realistic and fun way
• Sales of BCA and K2 equipment
• Sales of unique Myoko items
• And much more—come see us!


Dancing Snow is a BCA Snow Safety Center
  BCA logo Dancing Snow provides sales and rental of beacons, airbags and air cylinders from BCA, the premier manufacturer of snow safety goods. Float 32 airbag

The air cylinders for Japan are different than those for Europe and North America, meaning they can't be filled in the country—so just rent a cylinder, or a complete Float airbag system, for your stay in Myoko. Let us know well ahead on the airbags, though, so we can be sure and have one ready for you.


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.