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Big Monday night Dump?!?!

No, not my bowel affliction but the snow forecasts, for Honshu at least!! I know it's a few days away but if things stay as they are, I am DEFINITELY going to be somewhere in Niigata or Nagano on Tuesday morning!!!   Read Full Entry

Heavy snow

Well that was a surprise as the forecast had pretty much everywhere down for rain last night, and indeed it was raining/wet snow falling when I went to bed and not settling.
Woke up this morning to 10cm of snow everywhere.
While far from being a huge amount it had obviously snowed hard during the few hours it snow for.
Dont suppose it will hang...   Read Full Entry

2015/16 model ski review

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

Sapporo Kokusai Feb 28th 2015

After the recent crappy weather conditions I was in real need of a powder fix. We had planned on a trip to Rusutsu on saturday but the forecast wasn't very favourable so it was a tops up between the tried and tested Teine, which looked like it was gonna be pretty decent or head off to Sapporo Kokusai for the first time. The forecast for Kokusai...   Read Full Entry

Kusatsu 1Mar

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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Day 29 Mar 1st 2015

ok yesterday 1st March we spent the day at Fujimi Panarama, a short 20 min drive from our house.
My daughter did the 1kyu test, but did not pass, was just one point short.
Actually non of the children passed just three adults.
Helps who you know and who knows you!
But she had fun trying and also enjoyed going up in the gondola with me in the...   Read Full Entry


It's called the GuiGui course, but the other day it was more like gooey-gooey.

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Hard work!

Also got...   Read Full Entry

NEW - Observed snowfall tables and graphs

Over the last few months we have been working on a few new things for SnowJapan, and today are very happy to be able to put one of those new things online.
And here it is:

Observed Japan snowfall tables and...   Read Full Entry

Shiribetsu lost ski

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

About Furano

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

The Day!

"Drop everything and get to Kiroro today, quit your jobs, get on ya bike, start hitchhiking and do whatever it takes to be sure that you don't miss out on today."

That was the message from the daily report today and I did just as I was told (decision was made last nite during beers!) and I was NOT disappointed!!!

The...   Read Full Entry

Return to Tengendai, Yamagata

First visited Tengendai Kogen at the end of last season, during Golden Week: http://www.snowjapan...magata-2014430/

Weather was terrible then, but the place looked intriguing, so I wanted to go back some time. Which I did.

I hoped to hit...   Read Full Entry

Yamanashi Snow Walls

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

4th February 2015

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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.


A few photos as well

The triple lift
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Yuzawa Nakazato

Here's my review


And a few pics

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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

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.


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

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

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.

:)   Read Full Entry

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