Let’s get it out in the open. Japan is the powder snow capital of the world. With all due respect to Utah and Colorado, neither state can beat the powder I found in Niseko—a big volcano on Japan’s northern-most island, Hokkaido. Niseko powder is lighter than Dom Pérignon. It falls like a curtain of glitter—so fine and delicate that often you don’t realize it’s snowing until you see the sparkle in the glow of the streetlights. It’s not the thick gob-smacking flakes we have in the U.S. but more like the delicate dusting of a snow globe. I was there for a week—and it snowed every day—we had a half-foot to a foot of the fresh stuff to greet us every morning, and nearly two feet for our final hurrah.