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At last, first ski of the season


One reason and another it has been a late start - difficult to see all that snow in December missed!

But made it to Maiko in Niigata with the wife and kid, and here's my thoughts.

http://www.snowjapan...ews/detail/2179

A few photos as well

The triple lift
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Fukushima 2014/2015: Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort


Grand Sunpia Inawashiro Resort, Fukushima

This is a place that I have been meaning to check out for years. It is not terribly big, but can boast of occupying probably the best spot on Mt. Bandai for views, facing directly onto Lake Inawashiro. I really wanted to go on a clear day...   Read Full Entry
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Weekend at Kusatsu


We spent last weekend at Kusatsu, the first of what will hopefully be three visits. The weather was great, for the beach, sunny with no clouds both days,not so good for skiing. Hard icy snow both days. As usuall this entry is more for my memory than anything else, so is a bit long, but there are crib notes at the bottom.

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Yuzawa Nakazato


Here's my review

http://www.snowjapan...ews/detail/2167

And a few pics

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DAY 19 Jan 24th 2015


Went skiing again today and was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of new snow at Sun Meadows, in fact while we only got about 10cm here Thursday, up at Sun Meadows they got around 40cm of snow and quite good snow too.
And the snow depths are really going up now with laying snow around 2 metres and snow walls 3 metres plus. A few more decent...   Read Full Entry
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Snow Japan free ticket day!


Wrote a resort review for Kiroro for today. Thought I would paste it here too.

After an up and down past few weeks (temperature wise) and a lack of fresh snow for a couple days, it was great to see a snow storm heading throughout Hokkaido the day before we headed to Kiroro!

The day before, there had been an avalanche and the road to Kiroro...   Read Full Entry
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Iwappara


Hadn't been to Iwappara for a while but good to go back there and glad to see the top right pair lift going...   Read Full Entry
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Very heavy snow falling here


Currently puking snow here im talking seriously heavy snow falling at the moment.
Supposed to turn to rain around lunch time then back to snow this evening, but if it keeps snowing like this all day it will be real deep.
Snow all day please snow gods!!!!

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21st January 2015


21st January

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Four die in avalanches in Nagano and Niigata


Please be careful out there guys. I was just up in Myoko last month. Whenever I've gone off-piste, I've always let someone know what are I'm heading to, in case of an emergency.

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A series of avalanches claimed the lives of four skiers and snowboaders over the weekend on mountain slopes in Nagano and Niigata prefectures.

An avalanche Sunday...   Read Full Entry
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Muikatastic morning at Muikamachi Hakkaisan (Minamiuonuma) - 14th January 2015


Looking out of the window now at the overcast grey skies, it's hard to believe that early this morning there was brillant blue skies over Hakkai-san.
We have had hardly any blue sky weather this season so far - booooo! - so I just had to get out this morning.
4 hours at Muikamachi Hakkai-san.
Brilliant.

A few posted here, more photos over in...   Read Full Entry
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Snowfall in the various regions


Observations on actual snowfall according to our Now reports. From the beginning of the season.

Disclaimer:
It's not an exact science, these are observed data taken from base and not upper mountain, etc etc. It's just for a bit of let's comparing fun.

Yuzawa Now: 819cm
Myoko Now: 741cm
Kiroro Now: 707cm
Niseko Now: 691cm
Nozawa Now:...   Read Full Entry
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Charging!


I've been a busy little beaver since my last blog outing, racking up day 18 today!!

I've been hitting Rusutsu and Teine pretty regularly and other than yesterday's über blizzard-white out that curtailed the day after only 3 runs at Teine, I've had some great conditions. Best was probably last Saturday (jan 3rd) at Rusutsu......its...   Read Full Entry
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First time out at Kawaba


Yesterday I got my first fix of the season at Kawaba in Gunma. Onehunga had won a Kawaba ticket in the SJ Prize Draw so a plan was hatched and we were soon heading up the Kan-Etsu expressway. The reviews on here had said good things about Kawaba and to sum up, they weren’t wrong! It’s not that...   Read Full Entry
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Day 4 Sun 21st Dec 2014


After leaving Sun Meadows yesterday under heavy snow falling, I was looking forward to getting in some nice powder turns.
That however was not the case, because although it did snow heavy and in fact we got about 20cm of new snow, it actually turned to rain for the last hour, before stopping. It also snowed heavy here in Kobuchisawa before turning...   Read Full Entry
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My 2014-2015 Season


Greetings.

As I am lucky enough to live fairly close to some fine snow places here in Niigata, I thought I'd try and share some of those places this winter.

And so here we are. Bit early yet. I'll probably be at least a month before I get out. But get out I will and I'll try to share some stuff.

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Mind The Gap


It's been about two weeks since an update. I've been doing a little traveling across the prefecture, so haven't really had the time to post anything here. Been to the mountain about 4 times since, and the conditions were great after our heavy two foot snow dump, but then melted the top layer and became garbage to ride on. Between going boarding...   Read Full Entry
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New Ski Boots!


Finally got my new boots! Found a good price for some Dalbello Scorpion SF 130's and had them shipped from the states. They are a perfect fit. I think I will try a mystery ski tour for the first day this season to warm up. Can't believe it's already January and I haven't skied yet!   Read Full Entry
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My weekend away


Ryuoo ski park is really charming. Thank you SnowJapan for the opportunity to try it out.

I was coming from Nagoya so it was a bit of a long haul but I really enjoyed the trip there as well.


For someone new to taking trains---I would recommend taking the Snow Monkey train from Nagano station all the way to Yudanaka.

From there, take the...   Read Full Entry
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Mt Kosha Review - Kijimadaira; Yomase; X-Jam; Yamabiko no Oka


Mt Kosha Review

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Who: London: 6am-10pm. Definitely No parking.
When: March 2nd and 3rd 2013
Where: Kosha? takaifuji? there were lifties even wearing norikura jackets. I honestly dont know where the hell i...   Read Full Entry


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