Myoko Kogen takes some beating in this category. The “sea-effect” blesses this part of the country with meters upon meters of snow every winter. And when it snows here, it really snows. During our stay we twice saw half a metre of new snow fall overnight, and the locals didn’t bat an eyelid. At the time of writing (April 2017), Myoko Kogen had recorded nearly 15 metres of snow during the 2016/2017 season and counting. The snow quality here is very good, particularly in the higher reaches of Suginohara – perhaps not the incredibly light and dry powder that Hokkaido is known for, but still dry and delightful by European standards. The season here typically lasts from December until the first week of May.