Of all the seasons to climb Tanigawadake, winter is certainly the most dangerous and difficult, but also the most rewarding. In most cases, special equipment is necessary for both ascending and descending. On the way up, snowshoes allow you to traverse the upper slopes with ease. The endless steps and rocky scrambles are buried under several meters of snow and ice. On the way down, an avalanche beacon, probe and shovel (as well training in how to use them) can be the difference between life and death. Views from the peak on a sunny day more than pay for the effort, as does the ride down on a white carpet of snow.
Based out of Minakami, where I work as a canyoning guide. I love hiking and am always looking to the skies for good weather.