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post #31 of 59

welcome to epicski veggiez!

 

Check this video out for Niseko:

 

http://youtu.be/7K_53dWa2X4
 

post #32 of 59

Japan has a lot of problems for the skier to contend with.Massive amounts of powder that makes it very difficult to ski on.Even on piste can be deep in powder.

There are also many drunken Australians to be found staggering around the villages at night looking for more beer.They are attracted by the powder,the beer and the food.

So best to steer clear.Me?I will be back for my tenth year next year.

Then again I am a masochist!smile.gif  

post #33 of 59

(Crusty oldster storytelling voice here) Did I ever tell you about the time when there were exactly two Aussies (big Ross and little Ross) in Niseko? And one Kiwi (Tony) in Sapporo who was there a lot to hang out with his girlfriend? Yep. That was it. Did laps in late December during a massive storm cycle around '97-'98. I think there were about 10 -15 people total skiing off the Hanazono 3 lift (Niseko Hirafu) as there was absolutely zero visibility above the tree line. It was snowing so hard for the better part of a week that every run all the tracks had filled in.   Skied about 3 or 4 lifetimes of mind bending powder in a decade of seasons in Japan and that's the absolute truth.

post #34 of 59

Its often difficult to get people at home to understand just how much snow they get in Japan.How many people are killed each year from snow coming off a roof or how many houses are crushed because the old people can no longer clear them of snow.

We went to Myoko Kogen last Feb and whilst it was a not so good season we got at least 1.5 to 2 metres whist we were there for 7 days.

Had to get way from my Aussie mates in Niseko.

post #35 of 59

So are there more drunken Aussies in Japan skiing or drunken Brits in Austria?
 

post #36 of 59
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So are there more drunken Aussies in Japan skiing or drunken Brits in Austria?
 

 

Most Brits aren't aware of the existence of mountains in any country other than France. Go to a major French resort, and you'll struggle to find anyone who speaks French.

post #37 of 59

Avoid Niseko as that seems to attract the Austrayan trash. Iirc, there's about 190 Aussies locked away in the USA last year alone, so maybe the Japanese should take out the garbage more often.

post #38 of 59
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welcome to epicski veggiez!

 

Check this video out for Niseko:

 

http://youtu.be/7K_53dWa2X4
 

Outfreakingstanding......I usually hate POV videos....well done...wanna go!!

post #39 of 59
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Outfreakingstanding......I usually hate POV videos....well done...wanna go!!


 won't you get bored skiing pow everyday????/

post #40 of 59
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Avoid Niseko as that seems to attract the Austrayan trash. Iirc, there's about 190 Aussies locked away in the USA last year alone, so maybe the Japanese should take out the garbage more often.

WTF. . . is that meant to be tongue in cheek or what?

post #41 of 59
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Bro bra is sort of the "we're cool, ripp'in, and local. You're not." 

 

Funny thing. Most of the Bra Boys have flat chests.

post #42 of 59
I lived in Misawa for a little over 3 years. I used to ski Api mostly.

Great food, friendly people, from what i saw it was ok skiing (wife was pregnant so it was easy groomers the few times i could get her to go skiing). As i recall skiing itself was cheap, it was the normal costof stuff that eats your wallet.

I loved Japan and highly encourage you to go over. Even if it is just decent skiing, it is still a lifetime memory of having done something different.

South America is next on my ski bucket list.
post #43 of 59
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Outfreakingstanding......I usually hate POV videos....well done...wanna go!!

 

Here's another one I remembered from earlier and took me awhile to find.

 

3 ski instructors on an adventure round Hokkaido on public transport.

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The snow wasn't perfect on this trip, but it was pretty good.

 

And a PoorBoyz production:

 

JP Auclair & Chris Benchetler - Powder Skiing in Niseko, Japan (2008) HD

 

http://youtu.be/i7Aaew1NSzc


Edited by Tog - 6/7/13 at 4:43pm
post #44 of 59

Relax,he`s probably a Kiwi.

post #45 of 59
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WTF. . . is that meant to be tongue in cheek or what?

Relax ,he`s probably a Kiwi.

post #46 of 59

I have been to Hokkaido the most northern Island of Japan and had insane deep light powder the whole two weeks I was there!

I have booked another holiday for this season. Staying in a reasonably priced ski lodge which is right next to the ski field in Niseko called Ace Niseko Lodge, www.aceniseko.com. The guys there are super helpful and know the mountain really well. They also do guided day trips to all of the resorts in the area. 

 

Anyone else heading there over New Years let me know and we can hit the powder together!biggrin.gif

post #47 of 59
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I have been to Hokkaido the most northern Island of Japan and had insane deep light powder the whole two weeks I was there!

I have booked another holiday for this season. Staying in a reasonably priced ski lodge which is right next to the ski field in Niseko called Ace Niseko Lodge, www.aceniseko.com. The guys there are super helpful and know the mountain really well. They also do guided day trips to all of the resorts in the area. 

 

Anyone else heading there over New Years let me know and we can hit the powder together!biggrin.gif

As that lodge is new for guests this year (it was our staff accom for the last 4 years), how do you know how helpful the staff there are? 

post #48 of 59
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As that lodge is new for guests this year (it was our staff accom for the last 4 years), how do you know how helpful the staff there are? 

 

Booked a room with them for me and my girl - they helped us out with everything we needed to know as well as sorting out our bus from the airport, ski hire and answering the million questions I hit them up with. They told me that they have just started it up this year but that they have been working and living in Niseko for a long time. They even said that they would show us some of their secret powder runs and that they do guided day trips to resorts outside of Niseko. I can't wait!!!! Is the lodge in a good location to access the ski field?
post #49 of 59
Secret powder runs? Those were gone by 2005. Yotei should still be nice...sweat equity usually sorts things out. smile.gif
post #50 of 59
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Booked a room with them for me and my girl - they helped us out with everything we needed to know as well as sorting out our bus from the airport, ski hire and answering the million questions I hit them up with. They told me that they have just started it up this year but that they have been working and living in Niseko for a long time. They even said that they would show us some of their secret powder runs and that they do guided day trips to resorts outside of Niseko.I can't wait!!!!Is the lodge in a good location to access the ski field?

Ok fair enough, it's just when a new member starts enthusiastically plugging a new business (ie saying they know the mountain well, which is something you can't know), the assumption is that they are actually the business themselves, but if you're not, fine. The place is in a great location yes, I've never lived there but used to leave my skis there all the time as you can ski to the slopes. 

post #51 of 59

Not a lot of secrets at Niseko these days roflmao.gif

post #52 of 59
I'm looking at Japan for 2014 and there are some really good deals on at the moment. Anyone had any experience with Nozawa Onsen, Furano or Hakuba? Thanks.
post #53 of 59
Killer, tell us about your skiing, what you like to ski, now much time you have, etc.... Then we can get you in the right direction. Oddly Furuno is one of the few major places I haven't skied, but have 5-6 trips to Nozawa and a bunch to the Hakuba area.

If these two, there are more areas and variety in Hakuba. If you tour at all, the terrain above Happo One, Hakuba 47(trees for low vis days), and Tsugaike, is pretty great. The areas themselves are pretty big, but can get crowded depending on the day,etc.... Happo One is the biggest and has a pretty wide variety of terrain. 47, the trails seem pretty narrowish, but there's some nice cruising to be had. Tsugaike is pretty flat. There's also Hakuba Cortina that has some steepish tight trees to ski, and then there's Iwatake... Not huge, not super steep, but fun for a day. In a nutshell, Hakuba offers a number of areas to play around in. The alpine scenery is very nice, and if you don't tour, you'll be up to your ears in imagination wondering about all the terrain a ove the areas. That's right. The lifts go to 1650m, the mountains around the valley, 3000m.

Nozawa is a piece of ski history (second oldest area in Japan). The terrain is a bit flat, but it's generally nice cruising skiing. The cool thing deal are the 13 free public baths in the village. You can hit a couple a day, one int the early morning, and one in the evening. There's also a fun valley that's out of bounds to the skiers left of the area, but that one will get you in trouble with the powers that be unless they've changed their policies.

Don't casually leave any ski area boundary though with gear, avy training, and navigation tools

Hope that helps a bit. smile.gif
post #54 of 59

Skied Zao and Shiga Kogen in Feb 2011, great snow, nice people, great food, also did three days in Tokyo more detail at  http://snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?t=84153&highlight=

post #55 of 59
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Ok fair enough, it's just when a new member starts enthusiastically plugging a new business (ie saying they know the mountain well, which is something you can't know), the assumption is that they are actually the business themselves, but if you're not, fine. The place is in a great location yes, I've never lived there but used to leave my skis there all the time as you can ski to the slopes. 

Thanks for the reply Jim. I was trying to find out about Ace Niseko because I could not find anything about it on the web and apart from their web site there is nothing. You answered that by letting me know that this is the first year they are open. Am also thinking of heading up there in March. Is there still much powder around? How are the crowds? 

post #56 of 59
I live in Sapporo, Hokkaido. Rusutsu is another resort worth mentioning. Well appointed resort with few foreign tourists. Excellent grooming and tons of tree skiing.

Niseko is great but does get crazy busy. They were at 0% occupancy throughout many weeks of the season last year. At times it seems the only Japanese people there are the staff in the convenience stores.

Lots of snow in March... and the mountain is EMPTY! Chartered flights from Sydney to Sapporo stop after the first week of March so no more Aussies. Niseko is open until the first weekend of May so March is still on. The pow may start to get a bit heavier by then, depending on the season.
post #57 of 59

I had a great month of March there several years ago... pre-Aussie invasion. It was only on the very last day that the temps rose above freezing. Lovely. 

post #58 of 59
Bit of info on Ace Niseko...

Don't believe the pictures on the website. The cowboys running that pension don't even have their licenses in place... and it really should NOT be operating under that name.

The rooms are old and kind of shitty but what do you want for approx. $40/night? Don't expect gourmet food, either.

One of my friends works for Niseko Black which caters to the high end market. Just got off the phone with him and he gave me the low down on Ace. As long as you keep your expectations in check you should be OK... but please go in with your eyes open.
post #59 of 59

I went to Hokkaido last January and skied Niseko and Rusutsu.  AH-MAZING.  Really I can't say anything else about the powder that hasn't already been said.  (Freshies all day long) We came back from that trip already planning our next one because it was just that incredible.

 

What I do want to touch on, though, is the food.  Normally, here in the States, we make big pots of soups or stews, then take our lunch in thermoses to eat on the mountain.  We had every intention of doing so while in Japan, but the on-mountain food was so fantastic that we ended up eating our soups for dinner and just eating at the restaurants on the mountain.  It is some of the best quality cafeteria-style food I've ever had.  You can watch the chefs in the back cook up your order on the spot and everything I had was delicious AND extremely affordable. 

 

From the snow to the people to the apres ski onsen to the food... Such an amazing experience and we are already planning our next trip back to Japan.  I believe that if you love skiing, in any of its forms, you should definitely ski in Japan at least once.  (We timed our trip to coincide with the Sapporo Ice Festival which was really cool but perhaps a little overrated if that's all you wanted to go for)

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