Japan 2017 thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Donza, May 9, 2016.

  1. Mike Pow

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    Back home in Wales so a chance to catch up with posts.

    TUESDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2017

    FUN IN THE SUN
    John from Australia enjoying soft snow conditons in the sunshine
    Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort, Hokkaido, Japan





    ROADRUNNER
    Graeme from Brisbane, Australia letting the skis run
    Niseko Annupuri Ski Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

     
  2. Mike Pow

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    SUNDAY 19 FEBRUARY 2017

    POWDERZONE
    Yours truly (@mikethesnow) enjoying the return of the powder to Kiroro
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

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    TUESDAY 21 FEBRUARY 2017

    FINDING YOUR FEET 1
    Brad (@bradsle) certainly finding his feet in the Kiroro powder
    Specials - Rat Race
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan





    FINDING YOUR FEET 2
    Longtime student & ski partner Ian MacKenzie (@powderbirdie) finding his feet in the Kiroro powder
    Jayhawks - Somewhere In Ohio
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan





    BACK IN BLACK 2
    Cameron 'Double' Black (@doubleblacksan) getting caked in 'Steepness'
    ACDC - Back In Black
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan





    CAKED
    Yours truly (@mikethesnow) getting caked in 'Steepness'
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

     
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    WEDNESDAY 22 FEBRUARY 2017

    DEADWOOD
    Longtime student & ski partner Ian MacKenzie (@powderbirdie) dropping into the 'Deadwood' powder
    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

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  5. Beerman

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    Thanks for the ride last two days @Sandy and co. Good times, good conditions, good location. Much appreciated. Scott and Famous Fred from Tahoe were also appreciative. :thumbs:
     
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    That was fun!!! Untracked pow in certain spots at Nozawa!!!!!
     
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    Other things than snow are turning up around me - tomorrow last day.

     
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    What was Sahoro like?
     
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    Hmmmm..... Sahoro.
    Interesting. Gondola line was long (it was a Saturday). Full of Club Med instructors and their guests.
    Skiing was good, until we discovered the tree skiing...then it was great. Sadly, this discovery was made after lunch.
    I rate it.....but after a some fresh snowfall.
    We got introuble for "ducking the rope". Apparently, 10 metres further down, where there's no rope, and its OK to go from there. Go figure...Ahh......Japan.
    I would not stay at the Club Med facilities. I did look at the packages for Club Med before we left, but they were way overpriced. Given what I saw, Im glad I didn't stay there.
    OK, what else do I remember? The new area, in the north, that opened up this year was partially closed. Out of all the North facing courses the only one open was the N3 Challenge course (imaginatively named). It was hard packed and not a lot of fun.
    However, after lunch we decided to venture into the trees over in the south side....wow! Why hadn't we found these earlier?
    So we lapped these up till the end of the day. Not steep, but fun tree skiing which, for most of the times, ended up under the old chair.
    I'd go back for another day...but only when I know it's fresh.
    Oh...and for some stupid reason I thought there would be lots of eating options on the mountain. There's only two. We had lunch at the bottom of the hill at the main one. Everyone was lining up for the ticket vending machine. Opposite from that was a tempura bar.....no ticket required, just pay there.
    Tempura (made fresh, in front of us), rice and miso...for 1000 yen. Win!
     
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    All the Club Med people have all food included in their packages so they all head back to the resort for lunch and won't be buying on mountain.
     
  11. Kimski

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    I have question for my planning of next year's trip. Given Chinese New Year falls on Friday 16 February 2018 how does that translate into busy dates? I'm still confused as to whether it's busy for the week before or after the date.
     
  12. M_G

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    CNY will generally only affect Hakuba and Niseko. Nozawa and Myoko somewhat. Skiers based in East Asia have not yet discovered other resorts.
     
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    We were in Zao Onsen for CNY this year, and they were fully booked for that period. M_G is right though in that it would only affect the more well known resorts. I'd be interested to know if it affected the Yuzawa/Naeba resorts?
     
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    True, but they go to Zao for the snow monsters, not the skiing.
     
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    Looking at going to Niseko but the current plan has me there starting approximately 22 February so should be okay. Also considering doing Shiga Kogen the week before but sounds like that should be fairly quiet.
     
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    Only the price of accommodation on that weekend in my experience. Especially the Saturday night.
     
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  17. Slowpony

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    yes it did affect our accom choices this year at Yuzawa I went a little earlier last year & had more options available not sure about Naeba haven't looked at staying there
     
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  18. Beerman

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    Saturday was a mad house in Nozawa, although if you had kept an eye out during the week, there were boot and knee deep to be had away from the peak on Saturday.
    Madarao on Sunday was very hard packed with some ice in spots. Once the sun hit and softened it was better, but the knees were saying enough. A pretty good hill but with the snow past it's best in that area of Japan, it was time to leave.
     
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  19. gaz35

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    hopefully they'll all go to PyeongChang
     
  20. Zimboo

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    Home today after 3 weeks.........loads of fun. Had some solid dumps around days of sunshine, and even a wet snow day above 1600m. Will go into detail later...........on my 3rd beer.
     
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    Yep, all other lines where ours........................morning of the 22nd. Zimboo in heaven!!!!!

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  22. Heinz

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    who knows what this is?

     
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    This is a good question. Anybody? Anybody?
     
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    A clock ??
     
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    Charging! Where?
     
  26. Heinz

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    Yes. I saw a German version in Austria recently. I then googled and found a website showing several examples of these in various languages including Japanese (each showing 7:30). See my Austria thread.
     
  27. Zimboo

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    That week we were in Shiga Kogen. Stayed at Hotel Villa Ichinose. We had bluebird, then wet snow for a day, then temps dropped ..... full on snow fall all day of the 21st Feb, followed by this day after the storm. One of those days, 50+cms of new snow on the ground, bluebird no wind. It was a special day!!!!! This trip we did Shiga, Madarao/Tangram, Myoko.
    The best we received at Madarao was 10+cms one night, then days of sunshine. Similar in Myoko as well. Days of sunshine, one night/day of 30+cms, then back to sunshine.
     
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  28. ojisan

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    is it a calendar or an itinerary?
     
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    genzai no jikan wa shichijihan. The time now is 7:30. Pelm1 wins the prize, its a clock.
     
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    Good to have confirmation that the time was 7:30 as per other examples here.
     
  31. Beerman

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    You didn't happen to be in Madarao on Sunday 5 Mar by any chance??
     
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    No, that was our last day on the snow in Myoko.
    This is where I was at 12.45pm on 5 Mar. Just after a great chicken rice bowl at the base of the top lift at Kanko. :)
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    Rather like that place ^^^ But a little busy with Teenage racers in mid Jan
     
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    They did a mean curry from memory...rice shaped like Mt Myoko san
     
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    Snowman curry from Cupid Valley.

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    pow pow yesterday. One of the many "as good as it gets" days for the season
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    wow!!

    Where is this? (great pic)
     
  38. Mike Pow

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    FRIDAY 24 FEBRUARY 2017

    Face Shot Friday at Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

    FINDING YOUR FEET 1
    Longtime student & ski partner Ian MacKenzie (@powderbirdie) dropping into the powder





    FINDING YOUR FEET 2
    Brad (@bradsle) dropping into the powder
    Specials - A Message To You Rudy





    PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE 1
    Tim (@tim_wikman) from Queensland, Australia had been waiting for the deep snow to arrive all holiday. On his second to last day his patience was rewarded





    PATIENCE IS A VIRTUE 2
    Jack (@jwwikman) from Queensland, Australia had been waiting for the deep snow to arrive all holiday. On his second to last day his patience was rewarded





    FACE SHOT FRIDAY PART V
    Yours truly (@mikethesnow) getting caked all over the mountain
    Katie Melua - Wonderful Life

     
  39. Tanuki

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    oooh yeah, we had some really nice curry there, plus the rice in the bowl was shaped liked Mt Myoko
     
  40. Tanuki

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    snap
     
  41. Zimboo

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    The food didn't sit there long enough to observe shapes..........lol.
    Man smell, like smell................eat fast when hungry.
     
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    Just a spot I know of :) I'm sure you'll understand why I keep things quiet. PM me if you want more info.
     
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    Yes please PM him Argento.:D
     
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    Here's your Saturday morning awesome. Yesterday in Seki Onsen



    Would be even better this morning, albeit a little more busy.
     
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    Sweet shots! Which drone are you using?
     
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    Loved it! Wanted to hit the dance floor with that music
     
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    nice ...great drone footage and music looks fun ...popular spot now .... lots of tracks
     
  48. Mike Pow

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    MONDAY 27 FEBRUARY 2017

    Kiroro Resort, Hokkaido, Japan

    BRAD 'TRENCH'
    Brad (@bradsle) trenching through 'Deadwood'

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    DEADWOOD
    Yours truly (@mikethesnow) cruising bluebird powder in 'Deadwood'
    Ima Robot - Scream

     
  49. TJ

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    Meanwhile today in Hakuba :)
     
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    Just looking at options now for mid-December. The cheapest I can get is about $1,100 return ex-ADL on Jet*. All the full service airline prices are off the wall.

    So, Jet* sales - does usually anything come up for early-mid Dec? Just wondering whether to bide my time or not.

    Been checking this thread but not sure if the patterns are still the same.
     
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