well, season is underway and I had a very mellow first day on the slopes of Kiroro.
After sorting out my season pass (new electronic gate system by the way, complete with futuristic iPad face scanning!) it was straight to the lift. Kiroro has had a much needed face (lobby) lift and is looking much nicer complete with cafe, new shop and loads... Read Full Entry
Well ski season has now arrived again, how time fly.
Got my season pass sorted, that will be ready for me this coming Saturday, which is when my local ski jo Sun Meadows opens for the season.
2 days earlier than last year and 3 days earlier than the previous.
It will open with a mixture of manmade and real snow.
I will most probably got on the... Read Full Entry
As winter starts to slowly hit Honshu (my old Sapporo home has had a decent fall these past few days :( ), Mt Fuji has started to accumulate a nice snow hat. I was out early on my bike this morning as its a beautiful day and Fuji was standing tall n... Read Full Entry
Well October ended up being very dry indeed with only very little rain and a lot of sunny days.
This past week temps have been going down below freezing some nights with some nice icy car windows to scrape clean in the morning.
Autumn colours while still around are now past there best with many bald trees.
Despite the sunny days the monthly daily... Read Full Entry
So with Fuji-san having received its first dusting, and snow falling up in Hokkaido, it’ll soon be time to dig out the snowboarding gear for some more winter action. However, before this season starts, it’s time for a quick look back over last season’s antics. My 2014/15 season included 16... Read Full Entry
Today we launch our new 'Travel' section.
Hopefully it speaks for itself - you can find it here:
The main site menu bar has adjusted to include this new major section:
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Looks like next winter will be my last in Japan :(
But that I'll have lots more time to play with as well :)
Cunning plans start now! Read Full Entry
Took the Sky Valley road over the pass from the Ura Bandai area of Fukushima to the Yamagata side of the Azuma mountain range. The road is closed at night this time of year, I suppose to avoid danger of refreezing snow melt at night:
Once... Read Full Entry
Decided to be silly and get up to Kagura with a group of friends.
It was crowded, massively disappointed that it wasn't deep fresh snow conditons, but I enjoyed this last day of the season anyhow.
Go with expectations suitably adjusted!
Still a lot of snow there to play in.
It was HOT!!!!!!
Went to Ninjintei... Read Full Entry
I hope it's just a nasty rumour, but I was just speaking with a friend and they had heard that Mt Granview may not be with us next season.
Hopefully it's just another resort being jealous and spreading rubbish around.... Read Full Entry
I went to Norikura, courtesy of Snow Japan, who I would like to thank for the tickets!
Norikura is a medium sized resort to the west of Matsumoto, Nagano, about 100k from my house, it took about 90 mins to get there, half motorway half small roads, that is the only option. It is not far from Kamikochi, and to get there from Matsumoto you have... Read Full Entry
Well yesterday 1st March 2015, I went to Fujimi Panarama to try out next years new skis.
For 1000 yen you could try out any of the models they had a total of 60 skis available from the following makes
I tried out the following models :
Atomic Bluester... Read Full Entry
Sunday morning was a better morning snow wise than Saturday. The car had about 3cms of snow on top. Nice dry powder. The kids weren't interested in going skiing though. Rika had sore legs (this becomes very important later) and James didn't want to ski if it wasn't sunny.
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My girlfriend was involved in an avalanche a couple days ago and ended up with some lost equipment, including:
Line Pandora ski (white bird and wood topsheet, blue bases) with Radical ST binding
Black Diamond pole (red and black, telescopic)
Nikon waterproof camera (blue/black)
Black cover mit
Purple glove (possibly inside black mit)
pink... Read Full Entry
If it doesn't snow much at all, which seem to be the case many years, what is the appeal?
(Serious question!) Read Full Entry
Ok thought I would start a new blog showing the snow walls around Kiyosato and my area.
To start with some snow walls from Sun Meadows in... Read Full Entry
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.
A few photos as well
The triple lift
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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