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Some photos of powder in japan....

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It is snowing 50cm a night at the moment and sunny all day!!







post #2 of 17
Nice! How are the mountains up in Japan?
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beautiful, these shots are taken over in Hakuba near Nagano, where the winter olympics were in 98, I am off there in 2 weeks. These were taken by some other lads out there, taken yesterday... Cant wait to get there, sitting in 34 degrees heat in Brisbane Australia, dreaming of white powder!!!
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Wait, are the ski places mountains or hills?
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Wait, are the ski places mountains or hills?
He did mention that the Winter Olympics were held there...
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He did mention that the Winter Olympics were held there...
True, but I never hear of skiing in Japan, yet I know it exists ofcourse.
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Nice BRO stoke! What length are those?
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big mountains - google Niseko ( excellent resort ) and Hakuba ( another good resort ) The skiing is excellent, I have been all around Europe for years and in terms of powder you cant beat it! All the Japanese tend to only ski on the piste as they are pretty much scared to ski off piste so it just leaves all the powder for the visitors!
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There are more ski resorts in Japan than any other country. Over 700 of them. And being an island nation it is much more mountainess than you would imagine.
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I had to fly from Tokyo to Sapporo for a meeting once...what I saw of Hokkaido was very mountainous. Quite different from what I saw of the main island.
I still kick myself for being too engrossed in my work on the bullet train from Hamamatsu to Odawara and totally missing Mt. Fuji as we went by!!!

I'm sure my presentation totally blew chunks, anyway.
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All the Japanese tend to only ski on the piste as they are pretty much scared to ski off piste so it just leaves all the powder for the Poach Ninjas
Fixed it for you
post #12 of 17
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Poach Ninjas

like it: Powder Monkeys is also good
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Those shots are puuuurdy. cheers for that! Sunday is going to be off the hook here with virtually zero wind and crystal blue skies after meters of new snow. Sunday will be about 12 people enjoying 4 gondolas worth of fluffy madness.


I need a helmet cam.

One of these years I'll break down and get one and blow you guys away with my daily routine.

Think- Cat Skiing.
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Wait, are the ski places mountains or hills?
why dont you find the official definition of each for us

I do have the answer here

'The distinction between a hill and a mountain is unclear and largely subjective, but a hill is generally somewhat lower and less steep than a mountain.

but at what point does a hill become a mountian? come on skiking tell us.
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I thought a mountain had to be over 2000 feet?
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Different kinds of hills (I can remember at least three) :
-Very old mountains that have flattened through the eons of time
-hills formed by glaciers during the ace age (like those in my area)
-terrain undulations due to the earth crust dynamics (and these could become, again through eons of time, mountains)

Mountains: the higher, the younger (in Earth terms)
From continental drift (himalaya, Mont Blanc)
Dead or inactive Volcanoes


Not an accurate description by all means, hope it is enough for our purposes, though...
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why dont you find the official definition of each for us

I do have the answer here

'The distinction between a hill and a mountain is unclear and largely subjective, but a hill is generally somewhat lower and less steep than a mountain.

but at what point does a hill become a mountian? come on skiking tell us.
Yes, I will tell you all.


Back in 1492, Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. When he saw a big wave, he thought it was bigger than a hill, which is exactly what they called their tiny little Alps. So he decided to call the wave a mountain.

And he still lives to tell the tale.

So, a mountain is a big wave in 1492. Therefore there are no more mountains.


God, I can't believe you guys don't know this.
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