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Fukushima 2014/2015: One step back...

Warm weather and rain have done their damage, and Minowa has had to temporarily close. Weather for the next few days not looking so good, mostly warm and rainy through the weekend, when Grandeco is supposed to be opening as well...

Well, nothing to do but wait and see.   Read Full Entry

The Emergency Telephone Box 14-15

Well, it had to be done really didn't it.

We will try to keep an eye on the box regularly this winter and let you know how it's going through the season.
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Opening Day, Sapporo Teine, November 22nd

After last weekends snow, there were high hopes for a good opening day this week, alas the snow gods only teased us with their wares last week and left us begging for more. That said I still wanted to stretch the snow legs if Teine was going to be running lifts and they were running 2, so off we went. The snow of course was slushy, very...   Read Full Entry

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

SnowJapan Giveaways 2014-2015 - coming soon

This season we will once again be holding special 'Giveaways' on SnowJapan with lots of lift tickets and perhaps a few other prizes on offer to site members.

The first Giveaway of the 2014-2015 season will be online soon.

Source:...   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

Resort Photos 2014/2015

I just thought I'd post here my intention to get photos up this season too.

Maybe some even with some cheese too!

Gambarmasu!   Read Full Entry

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


This is all very new isn't it.
All of my skiing errors will be laid out bare here.
Need snow first though.   Read Full Entry

Will 11/12 be bottomless? Of course!

Howdy and welcome to my bit of the new Forums setup.
I think I'll post some stuff from here in Hakuba during the season.
That will be jolly won't it.
The big question is whether it will be bottomless this season. Or perhaps topless. Or both.
We shall see!   Read Full Entry

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