Japan’s ski hills ain’t easy to get to for Americans and Europeans. A super-long international flight begins a roughly 30-hour odyssey to the northern islands’ ski mountains. Jet-lagged and delirious, it’s a test of patience and endurance to reach Japan’s fabled skiing.

But as the saying goes, “Good things come to those who wait,” which couldn’t be truer about Japan’s powderlicious playgrounds. How good is it? See for yourself.