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Practice your deep burial beacon work
BCA Beacon Park We've had some people out in the BCA Beacon Park behind our building refining their search work—and it's especially interesting now that we've had a lot of snow. We're going to have to dig them out sometime soon and reposition at the usual 50–70cm depth, but it's an interesting challenge when the beacons are down more than a meter and a half! And, let's face it, in an emergency you may well be probing down pretty deep. Come on over and give it a try! The staff will be happy to go out with you (for a very minimal charge!). Just drop a note at info@dancingsnow.com.
The powder is here

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Just had to share this, taken by Miles and Hiro, as they went out to check on all that snow that has fallen in the past week... And it's gooood....
Our new home
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:
• 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!


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

11/1/2014 to 6/1/2015
6/1/2014 to 10/1/2014
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

Winter
   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. Our Level 1-certified guide 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:
  • Powder Experience. Depending on your experience (and the snow conditions) we'll use lifts or have a first, easy hike-up to get used to the feel of natural snow. You'll soon 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 from April; Tateyama in November.

Spring to autumn
  Hiking and trekking
  • Hiking on area trails
  • Climbing to local peaks
  • Overnight climbs, with stays at mountain huts
  Sea kayaking
  • First experience on Lake Nojiri, or on the Sea of Japan (depending on waves, wind)
  • Day tour: exploring the rock gardens and caves of the Sea of Japan coast
  • Multi-day tours: Awashima Island, Sado Island, Noto Peninsula, Wakasa Bay, etc.

Five-day forecast for Myoko