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Aki Aji

Doesn't seem the same without announcing on SJ......but Aki Aji is in the shops!
Happy days :)   Read Full Entry

Summer weather update

Well summer did arrive here eventually, actually around the third week of July and got really hot and dry and stayed like that until about 4 days ago.
We got some days actually hitting 30oC!!!!!
Even had one day it got to 31 our hottest day.
Thankfully not humid though just a dry heat, and the warmest nights going down to...   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

Tengendai Kogen, Yamagata, Golden Week 2015

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:
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Once...   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

Mt Granview 2015-2016

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

Last few times

so, since my last near death (or not?) experience at Teine resort, I have been on the snow 3 times. Once at Sapporo Kokusai for a Gentem Stick demo day (if u don't know about gentem then let me tell u they are the crafters of some VERY nice but expensive powder boards, hand crafted in Niseko). I rode a few of their boards, the Superfish, Big Fish,...   Read Full Entry

Update - What we are up to

Here we are in the middle of April with most ski resorts closed.

2014-2015 sure went quick didn't it?

But. It's not quite over yet. We will continue to update some of our daily Now reports right through until May 6th. Which is a Wednesday. More importantly, it's the last day of the famous 'Golden Week' holidays in Japan and the last day of...   Read Full Entry

Free Myoko ticket anyone?

Due to unforeseen circumstances (namely a broken binding and board damage sustained at Hakuba last week), it looks as though I'm going to be unable to use my SJ Giveaway-winning ticket to Myoko!! :sadface: Rather than see this going to waste, does anyone want it?? It covers all the Myoko resorts, namely:-

Akakura Onsen Ski Area;
Akakura...   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

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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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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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

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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