Last year, I found out that some onsen towns had geisha (and still do!), and that other onsen towns have ski resorts (for example, Zao Onsen), and I wondered if any towns had both. As well as enjoying Japanese culture, I felt it'd make for a unique ski resort, which is a positive when skiing can be somewhat the same whereever you go in the world. However, I thought that I was the only person who'd be interested in both skiing and geisha, so I needn't bother looking.
Then, the other day I read about Sayuki performing at Niseko ski resort, and realized that maybe other people are interested in both things.
Now Niseko is one of the most popular ski resorts (at least with Aussies), but lacks heritage with regards to geisha. Not to mention an Aussie performing at a resort that has lots of Aussies seeming a bit ironic...
Are there other places where the skiing isn't necessarily as good, but has more heritage with geisha? Even places where geisha don't operate any more, but where I can learn about geisha houses that used to exist, would be of interest.
Seeing the Yamagata maiko (English page about Yamagata maiko, and Japanese page) is one possibility, as they operate in Zao Onsen and in other cities, but not being headquartered in Zao Onsen is a slight disadvantage.