When the Kiwi-led crew behind webisode series “All Us in Winter” put together a last-minute trip to Japan at the end of an unseasonably dry January, they arrived to all of zero snow—the Land of the Rising Sun was dry. So they waited. The first week was spent idly wandering through valleys and villages, exploring shrines and out-of-the-way onsen, chasing snow monkeys, walking frozen beaches, and waiting… waiting… waiting… for snow. Their patience was rewarded when the floodgates blew open and Hakuba's unique coastal position delivered 78 inches overnight. The NZed’ers gorged themselves on everything the valley has to offer—so eat your heart out.