1. Niseko Village (Japan)
The northernmost Japanese island of Hokkaido gets some of the deepest, fluffiest powder on Earth. Niseko Village, located in the western part of Hokkaido, is a good place to shred it.
Terrain is mild by most standards (in-bounds runs don’t really exceed 32 degrees), but more challenging slopes are a short hike from the main ski area.
Shuttles and trains bring in skiers and riders from the island’s airports. A two-day lift ticket costs about $160, pension rooms with breakfast start at $60. The resort rents ski and snowboard setups.