Snow, snow, snow! I'm sure folks from places that have snow in the winter will say "What's the big deal?" hahaha! But coming from a tropical country, the highlight of our trip was the soft fluffy snow, not just any snow, but one of the best powder snows in the world :-)
Although I've seen and experienced snow several times before, this is first time I've experienced continuous powder snow. For 8 days straight that we were in Hokkaido, it snowed every single day, whether we're in the city or up in the mountains. Sometimes, it's just flurries, but other times, almost a snow storm.
I love the sight of falling snow, it's just so serene and peaceful. I love falling down on the fluffy snow pile, just like a goose down bed :-) I love the detail of the snowflakes, where no two are alike :-)
Hokkaido is home to one of the best powder snow areas in the world. Although may be debatable, snow experts have rated Hokkaido as one of the top two, the only other comparable powder snow area is in Utah, in the US.
Two areas in Hokkaido that's popular for skiing and other snow adventures are Niseko and Rusutsu. Niseko is larger and more foreigners visit this place, while Rusutsu is more family oriented and a local favorite. My opinion is that both are really great, just offer a different ambiance. Both areas offer places to stay, great food options, great views, and of course, world-class powder snow adventures.
Note: This highlight also appears in AFAR Website