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Has anyone skied in Japan? I will be here through Spring and may be able to get a week in Febraury or March. Any info will be greatly appreciated. Reply to thnx [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

For those of you who may have followed my posts over the summer, I never made it to Las Lenas . The time I planned to go I ended up in bed for several days with some kind of South American flu like crud : . Oh well there's always next summer .
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Paulas Ski Lovers ... a "rival" forum of Epic, used to have a poster, Saburro ... if memory serves. He was very friendly and would probably be a good source.
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I've skied in Japan. Where in Japan are you going to be? There are 2 main areas. The area closest to Tokyo is where Nagano is located. The other area is on the northern island of Hokaido, which is where Sapporo is located. I skied on Hokaido, which was awesome. I was there in mid-Feb 2 years ago. I'll give you some more feedback when I get back from Thanksgiving. Check out for lots of info.
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Hey Zig,

How's life on the road?

Things are looking up at Copper, early season skiing has been pretty good, we start cert training for exam candidates this Sunday. The new Level 3 format is looking really good.

Of course it was minus 18 at the top the other morning. Ouch!!!

John D and I did our first full timers academy yesterday. Nice to have an all day focus on teaching, especially with the all day lesson program this year.

Keep in touch. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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This is not advice as I've never gone to Japan let alone skied there.

However, I do remember someone saying on some forum: 'skiing in Japan is like trying to ski in your local supermarket on pay day'

I hope you find better conditions.
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Stein Eriksen also said the same thing in his book "Come Ski With Me" ...... 1966.

Very crowded, but the far northern areas and islands may hold some promise.

There's also a web site .... ski japan ... but it had become very "new school" dominant the past few years.

[ November 27, 2003, 08:17 AM: Message edited by: yuki ]
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try posting on
I'm sure some of the Aussies have skied in Japan.

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Hi, I am a newby but have skied Japan.

Ziggyski, Japan is excellent. For Hokiado Island google up Nisenko and for the mainland Hukaba or Hukaba Nori Kura. Good snow, lots of pow on Hokiado and steepish runs at Hukaba. Back country is not generally skied much so there are lots of fresh tracks to be found. A fantastic skier destination with happy people and great food and culture. Not too expensive either and it is easy to hook up with other skiers if you are travelling alone.
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I'm heading for Niseko In early February, as are lots of my buddies from down here in 'Oz. Japan is getting so many great reviews that I finally decided to try it myself, as a change to the usual North America / Europe experience. You never know what the snow will be like, but I'm sure it will be interesting!
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Originally posted by Carruthers:
I'm heading for Niseko In early February!
I am bi-lingual, so I read a lot of Forums from Hong Kong and Taiwan like Epicski. In Asia, thousands of people in no-snow countries flock into Japan and Korea to ski. Much information is published in their language. But a picture is worth thousand words.

Here is daily updated photos from the largest ski area in Korea:

Just an example what is there.

If you wish to ski Niseko, there is a local Australian run travel ageny (hance English Speaking) you may wish to contact, just for information and comparison:

Have Fun.
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Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. As I mentioned in my previous post, I skied Japan (about 2.5 years ago). There was a thread on this about a year ago, so try doing a search of the archives if possible.

I was in Tokyo on business for 2 weeks in February, and I knew I was going to have a 3 day weekend to explore, so I did some research before I left. There are 2 main areas to ski. The closest to Tokyo is where Nagano is located. It's about 2 hours from Tokyo, I think. It tends to get pretty crowded. The other area is on the island of Hokaido, which is where Sapporo is located. I went there, since getting transportation & lodging in the Nagano area was difficult on short notice.

We ended up going to a place called Niseko Anapurin (?). Niseko is actually 3 resorts on 1 mountain, but you can get a skipass for all 3. Flight from Tokyo was about 1.5 hours, followed by a 3 hour bus ride. A Japanese co-worker made all our arrangements, and wrote a note to hand to the bus driver to make sure we got to the right place.

It snowed like crazy! From the minute we arrived at the hotel until an hour before we left 2 days later, it did not stop snowing. Dry cold powder, coming in off the Korean Sea from Siberia. Very windy up top. Although there are 1 or 2 places that cater to westerners on Hokaido (I think Club Med has a place), this was strictly Japanese. I think we saw 5 gaijin (Japanese for foreigner) the whole time there. I had a great time, and it was an unforgetable experience.

When we arrived late at night, we sat down in the bar for some sake & looked up at some of the night skiing that was in progress on the slope outside our window. I couldn't believe they were mashing the pow down w/ snowcats! : The next day, though, I understood why. There was so much snow coming down, that most average skiers would not have been unable to handle it. My co-worker hadn't skied in 10 years, and it nearly killed him. :

Be prepared for some unique lift experiences. There are a mix of lifts, from gondolas to ancient chair lifts. I took a single "chair" up near the top. It was no more than a plywood board the size of lunch tray, attached to a bar connecting to the cable. No seat back, no foot rest, no safety bar. There I was, swinging in the wind about 40 feet up in the air, snow flying everywhere.

They get a lot of snow on the northern island. Much better sking than I had anticipated. I can't say whether I just got lucky, but it was worth the trip. The Japanese were all very polite, but seemed a bit bemused that a gaijin would be skiing there. Being Swedish and all, I thought their puzzlement was pretty funny myself. Until I looked into it though, I'd never realized there was so much skiing in Japan. Compared to the US, it was very reasonably priced, too. I plan to go back, hopefully in a year or 2 with some of my kids. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]
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