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A very very wet autumn

Well this autumn has been one of the wettest that I can remember in the 18 years that I have been in Japan.
September has seen rain virtually everyday and we went 9 days without seeing even a hint of sunshine once.
Today 1st Oct has also started wet with more rain next week.

In the end September was mostly above average temps with a few below...   Read Full Entry

The summer and the season ahead 2016-2017

Hi everyone, its been a while since last visiting here, this summer has been a busy one....heading home for a couple of weeks with wife and MiL in tow. Then I had a fantastic week up in Hokkaido, in between typhoons where we timed the weather perfectly, driving around Furano area, Shakotan peninsula, Shikotsu-ko and Toya-ko. A couple of trips down...   Read Full Entry

Gassan, 2016

Closed out the season with a trip to Gassan today.
It was, actually, excellent. Great weather, and more moguls than one could shake a stick at.
Perfect ending to the season.

Crazy crowded in the morning, but lift line pretty much disappeared after 12:30.

Some pics:

http://www.snowjapan...alleries/Metabo Oyaji/metabo...   Read Full Entry

End of season?

Been a LONG while since I've been on here.

Just got back from a trip to Kiroro and, amazingly, there was still some powder around!!
Went up on Friday and there was 5cm fresh snow on the ground and it didn't stop snowing all morning whilst I was there! The snow was in great condition given it was the 29th of April!! With great...   Read Full Entry

Day 15 March 14th 2016

Yes! yes! yes! Pow! Pow! pow!

Finally some really decent conditions.
Woke this morning to snow falling and it all looking white, albeit just a dusting. It snowed heavy all day, but didn't really start sticking properly until the afternoon where it really got going here in the village leaving us with about 15-20cm by...   Read Full Entry

March into Action!?!?

With just a disappointingly low albeit fun 6 days of riding to date, I’m desperate to get back out there. A new job has blown a huge hole in my normal snowboarding schedule, restricting me to joining the masses on weekend forays into the mountains, though even that didn't materialise in February! With...   Read Full Entry

Weekend at Kusatsu

Weekend at Kusatsu

Last weekend was the first of two planned weekends at Kusatsu this year. Last week was spent hitting the refresh button on the SnowJapan Kusatsu weather page. The forecast looked good, initially heavy snow on Friday night, the snow then moved to Saturday night and decreased to moderate. Still better than nothing.

So Friday...   Read Full Entry

TR: ipps 2016 Daily meanderings


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2014, where we last left our intrepid hero was a wash. 6 months in "amazing" thailand, followed by a year in an endless cloud of pollution put the skids on the old mojo. Fast forward to 2015 and DESPITE living within an hours...   Read Full Entry

And the rabbits name was...

So whatchoo up to? Its day 3 on planet niseko and so far so good. Action packed days and all but empty annupuris. Its been a bit of a blast if im honest.

This week then, wait for the winds to die down, hope for a bit more snow, and maybe even creep up beyond the jumbo quad. More to come... but not in this thread. This thread is the general chat...   Read Full Entry

Mild winter

You can say that again!

The Phone Box on 14th January 2016

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Two new brand new daily 'Now' reports on SnowJapan

We are always interested in seeing if we can add to our exclusive daily reporting on SnowJapan.

The main barrier to adding new 'Now' reports is finding people able to take on the responsibility and at the same time agree to our rather strict guidelines and requirements! (No marketing hats allowed.)

Our daily reports are read by a very...   Read Full Entry

Happy new year

Happy new year everyone. As we watched the fireworks the snow started to fall and the groomers were running up and down the hill ready for the new years day onslaught. First tracks might be ok in the morning but with everything shut in town i wonder if everyone will be skiing.
Best wishes for the new year and still doing the snow dance for...   Read Full Entry

Going to try and keep a record...

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

Kagura, 2nd May

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

Day 33 March 22nd 2015 (Norikura, Nagano ken)

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

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

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

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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