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Day 3 Sat Dec 20th

It is actually snowing quite steadly and we are down for possible heavy snow through this afternoon.
Down side poor visibility, but at least at the moment the wind is not to bad.
It is now top to bottom skiing although all courses are not yet open.
Snow conditions are good albeit a bit chopped up.
I will be here until this afternoon unless the...   Read Full Entry

19th December 2014

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Maiko Snow Resort (Minamiuonuma, Niigata) - 19th December 2014

First ski of the season.
Maiko Snow Resort.
Felt great!

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A wild day

Freezing cold all day with temps staying way down in the minus all day, really strong winds from late morning onwards and continuous, but light snow.
The wind was is so strong the snow was getting blown away before it could reach the ground.
And twice today my car tyres got frozen to the snow it was that cold.
Looks like a wild night ahead here...   Read Full Entry

Vending machines

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Day 2 & 3 of the season at Sapporo Teine (Dec 6th & 7th)

Last Saturday and Sunday I hit Teine again for my 2nd n 3rd outing of the season. On Saturday (Dec 6th) there'd been a little snow over the previous few days, enough to open the top runs again so off I went. TBF it really wasn't too bad!! We were up on one of the early lifts and there wasn't many people on the hill so we got some mid-boot...   Read Full Entry

Fukushima 2014/2015: Minowa, 7 Dec.

I had been planning to save Minowa for later in the season after their snow monsters have developed, but they had two of their three lifts running and the kid was up for trying somewhere new, so that is where we started our season.
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Season start only about 3 weeks away now

Looking forward to blogging on here at least showing my winter activities.
As soon as I am able to create a new blog....   Read Full Entry

My 2014-2015 Season


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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2014 Season Review

On the face of it my 2014 snowboarding season didn't amount to much, with a relatively low 13 days of riding. That figure looks a little better when spread across a 5-week period and including 11 resorts, 6 of which were first-time visits. But numbers don’t tell you the whole story, because I had a bloody great season! Here's my season...   Read Full Entry

Mt Granview/Kagura 9 Mar 2014

I though last weekend 1/2 Mar was going to be it for me this season, but I still keep checking the weather forecasts. It was forecast to snow most days from last Thursday till Tuesday. So I asked Mami nicely if I could go skiing on Wednesday. However she wasn't able to get time off, but she did say I could go on the weekend if I wanted.
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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

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

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

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

Mt Granview. Living Your Dreams. Taste The Difference. (etc).

After muikabochi's report on Mt Granview....
.... it shot to the top of places I needed to visit, above more famous places like Hakuba and Hakuba.
As no doubt it did for most people...   Read Full Entry

Epic Day at Iowanopuri

Luke, Ryo, and I took a staff shred day at Iowanopuri. We got a pretty early start and luckily beat the crowd of people that flooded the backcountry today. The snow was extremely "surfy" which means that you don't really feel anything and have a floating sensation the entire...   Read Full Entry

Muikamachi Hakkaisan (Minamiuonuma) 2012 Review

Where?: Muikamachi, Niigata Prefecture, Japan.
When?: Saturday 21st January
Who?: ManInJapan with one friend.
Ticket Info: Reasonably priced at 3,500 for a 1day ticket, 3,000yen for a 5hr ticket or 2,500yen for a 3hr ticket. (All prices are for adults). There are also single lift coupons available too.
Accessbility:...   Read Full Entry

First sprinkling of snow on upper slopes of Nozawa

Earlier this week we saw the first snowfall of the season on the upper slopes of Nozawa.
Hardly any, and quickly gone, but snow all the same!   Read Full Entry


Well, seeing as there's no snow, we will have to make do with some pies.
But what a jolly good alternative they are.
Pity Japan doesn't do pies like back home.
Oh well.
But, as much as for myself as anyone else, I'll keep an eye on what I get up to this winter. When winter arrives. Not here yet, you see.
Until then!   Read Full Entry

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