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  2. Those were the days. Didn't experience the peak of it thankfully. I'm sure the ski resorts look back fondly though.
  3. Hate it when quantity is reduced as a way of increasing prices without actually increasing them. Favourite restaurants cutting sizes is particularly annoying. I'd rather they put the price up, or gave us the choice of a larger size.
  4. Last week
  5. At weekends: Naeba: Before you got to join the ticket lines, first you had to get off the Highway/Expressway......simple? no way! At the exit there were often lines of cars which took 10-20mins.....no ETC back then! Then after making it as far as the ski area you had to find a parking space. Zao: 2hrs for the main ropeway & that only took us to the middle area. Then 10-15mins of pushing and shoving to get on a single lift which allowed us to ski for about one minute. Niseko: On the main Hirafu run there were two lift companies operating, one on the right and the other on the left. So you had to make sure you returned to the side you had started from. It wasn't a question of joining the shorter line. Shiga Kogen: Friday or Saturday nights saw hoards of people heading there by overnight bus or train. Party! They staggered off the bus/train and went more or less straight on to the slopes. There were so many people on Yakibitai that we often had to ski a human slalom......on each mogul there were at least two people taking a rest. Powder was considered dangerous so after a big dump of beautiful light Shiga powder the lifts did not open until all that nasty stuff had been cleared away. Moguls were mashed every night for the safety of skiers. Ah, the good old boring days! But at least on Zao we did start Nov 15 usually and finished after Golden Week.
  6. best skier in hakuba

    A trip to Hakuba and Nozawa

    I might be somewhat biased but I think you should weight it more towards Hakuba than Nozawa. There's simply more choice.
  7. best skier in hakuba

    Is Nagano city a good place to stay...

    You might well get a place to stay that is a bit cheaper in Nagano (actually not sure about that), but it means you need to drive or be driven to the snow. Even if it's just an hour or so, I personally much prefer to get up and be out on the snow within 5-10 minutes. Preferably in less than 5 minutes! ;)
  8. best skier in hakuba

    Where in Japan did you experience best snow conditions?

    It is quite a few years back now but one day at Hakuba Cortina comes to mind. It was one of those days when even places that usually are just 'average' will have been awesome. But Cortina was particularly awesome!
  9. Accommodation Information on Bears House in Ishiuchi, Minamiuonuma, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/minamiuonuma/bears-house
  10. (NAEBA, YUZAWA) Jobs Available / Employment Information on jobs available at iCamp Hotel in Naeba, Yuzawa, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-general-information/employment-opportunites-at-icamp-hotel
  11. Accommodation Information on iCamp Hotel in Naeba, Yuzawa, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/yuzawa/icamp-hotel
  12. Accommodation Information on Bears House in Ishiuchi, Minamiuonuma, Niigata can be found here: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-places-to-stay/niigata/minamiuonuma/bears-house
  13. Good point. (And worrying too). Season starts do seem to be later and 'spring' does seem to start earlier.
  14. I have experienced really great snow conditions many times in Japan. But my best two have to be a day about 5 years ago in Myoko and then a few years ago in Shiga Kogen up at Okushiga/Yakebitaiyama.
  15. I'm curious to hear where people enjoyed best snow conditions in Japan.
  16. I was planning on going but came down with a cold... friends went though. They were pretty annoyed with it saying it was just unrealistically expensive and they actually had lifts not moving on the day they went even though the weather was good. They really did not come out of it with much positive to say aside from the new facilities. One thing they did say is that it probably isn't meant for mortals like them. It's more for rich set / families. But that doesn't jive great with the powder hunters message.
  17. It was, indeed, very crowded. Lifts lines of 30~45 minutes or longer were routine on weekends. On the plus side, the season began earlier (and I'd say the conditions stayed good longer into spring) as I can remember pretty much always skiing at Nakazato, Park, Iwappara and similar low-altitude areas the first week of December (Naeba top lifts in late November) in the mid-80s.
  18. Slippery Jim

    Consumption tax increase (and Niseko lift ticket prices)

    Hah, thanks Muika. Let me know and maybe I'll join you.
  19. There was a bit here Jim https://www.snowjapan.com/community/index.php?/topic/25808-arai-any-busier-during-the-1819-season/ It sounds like it is expensive for the sake of it and consequently not busy. I would like to go myself to check it out though. Perhaps next winter.
  20. Slippery Jim

    Consumption tax increase (and Niseko lift ticket prices)

    There's been enormous stealth price inflation in Japan in recent years, as Veronica says. For almost any commodity, there's less in the package at the same old price. To respond to Metabo, it all depends on the weather. If the top lifts are open, the all-mountain pass is definitely worthwhile; but when the tops are closed, there's really no point to it. I'd be interested to hear more from anyone who's been to Arai since it reopened (have read the three reviews), especially from the 18-19 season re conditions, operations (lift closures common?), prices on lifts, hotel, meals, etc.
  21. Slippery Jim

    Staying near Moiwa (in the Niseko area)

    Bad idea if you need nightlife; good idea if you like quiet evenings and less of a morning stampede.
  22. veronica

    Gassan - worth a shufty?

    A friend of mine was up there a few weeks ago and they thought it was a worth the trip. Bit of a novelty and said they wouldn't do it again but a good experience. You are doing very well Metabo Oyaji!
  23. Like last time prices will probably go up more than the actual increase in consumption tax. I am recently also noticing more things like only 900ml of juice in what was once a 1000m carton - same carton size, same price, 10% less juice. Annoying!
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  25. Xellopone

    Niseko on a budget is possible

    Thanks!
  26. Might that be a good idea or a bad idea? I am keen to hear thoughts! Domo.
  27. Added 11th June 2019: https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/news-2019-developments-at-niseko-hanazono
  28. Metabo Oyaji

    Gassan - worth a shufty?

    I think I’m done for this snow season. I think.
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