Just down the road from my house and about a 20 minute drive from the edge of Minakami, sits Hodagi Ski resort. Nestled into the northern slopes of Hotakasan, this ski resort has a little something for everyone. At the base are multiple beginner runs perfect for learning or a quick warm up before hitting the more advanced slopes. Multiple lifts access a variety of terrain including black diamond and mogul runs. In the last few years the terrain parks have become a more substantial part of the mountain facilities. The mountain gets plenty of snow and is usually fully open before the Christmas holidays, and stays that way till late March.
Based out of Minakami, where I work as a canyoning guide. I love hiking and am always looking to the skies for good weather.