Myoko Ski Lodge
Kurohime Kogen Snow Park
25 mins (by our van 1500 yen return) from Myoko Ski Lodge
One of the smaller resorts in the area with one quad and five double chairs and is less frequented, resulting in less competition for the untracked powder in the side country and trees (Powder hounds hike a little higher from the top and try skiers right).
Remember though, skiing out of boundaries carries inherent risk.
Families with kids may enjoy the large fun park (500 yen family entry valid with at least 1 adult pass) and additional activities you can also pay for include snow rafting and tubing, and the kids can even drive their own snowmobile.
Time permitting, we can take a drive by Lake Nojiri on our way home.