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  1. Thanks a bunch! From Google translate that seems exactly what I am looking for. Just need a japanese housemate to come home so I can check properly.
  2. Good for you, you probably don't push yourself quite as hard as I do though.
  3. They don't seem to like people living or working abroad, and I have already left, so BMC are out. Used to get them until they changed the limits for their annual policies. What do the expats who live in Japan get for rescue insurance? Is it just covered by your regular health insurance?
  4. The ideal would be something similar to the situation in Europe where you can buy cover specifically for backcountry from mountaineering/ski associations. I will not be using a guide and am really not sure about whether I am eligible for regular travel insurance as I haven't spent more than 6 months in one country in the last 7 years. Worldnomads works for me ok, but it is expensive and I am unsure about the level of cover provided for off-piste.
  5. Btw for this I mean off piste meaning backcountry outside ski area boundaries.
  6. So I am struggling to find appropriate off piste insurance, especially as I am no longer resident in the UK (a lot of UK insurers require at least 2 months in the UK per year) . Does anyone know of insurance specifically for skiing for japanese residents? I don't want health insurance as well, just for accident and injury. Cheers
  7. You can do the aussie level 1-3 quals in Niseko as well. I doubt having a cert will help you with insurance whilst teaching independently though. As for the guy who said that all ski instructors are dicks, you don't exactly come over as a charmer either...
  8. Herbies has just moved down the road, near Blo Blo, so you could still go there. Otherwise maybe Paddy's or Tamashii, not sure about any happy hours though.
  9. Even here in Niseko, there are some completely pointless ropes, I'd say the patrol here is much more cautious than other resorts around the world. Really hope that someday someone buys Tokyu out and makes Haro no taki skiable. That said, as I get my pass through work, if I got caught ducking ropes, I would lose my job, so I don't duck, even if i think their rules are stupid/overly cautious.
  10. Lol, that forecast sounds like something I might read in my horoscope...
  11. Lucky enough to have instructed on 5 continents now, so already skied a lot of cool places. The big ones left on the list are anywhere in Alaska, Gulmarg, Las Lenas, Chamonix, Revelstoke and Jackson Hole.
  12. Would work wonders if you had stainless steel or titanium ankles. There's a reason skiers no longer use leather boots; I believe it's called orthopaedic surgery. Not that crazy actually, I have seen a boot like that, carbon exoskeleton, with a snowboard boot style inner. Pretty certain they are just for very casual skiers though, the forces than can go through boots are pretty extreme at high speeds, I wouldn't want to try them.
  13. I might be able to get into their 98mm or they do make a 100mm wide RC series. Yeah Lange do the RC wide fit up to 130 in flex, so could fit you fine. I have a relatively wide foot as well, and love the Atomic RT CS 130s, the 'CS' part means club sport, i.e. a bit wider at 98mm than the race fit 95mm. They take a little bit of grinding, and then they are fine, sometimes a punch in spring when it gets hot. Though if I ski more than 40-50 hours per week, they can start to hurt. I've had a pair of those every year for the last 3 years, they are (or have been) getting discontinued thoug
  14. skis in niseko are very expensive, and renting is quite expensive too. in any case, they cater to the tourists, so they usually dont have the good stuff in stock but i have found that buying skis online from Tokyo to be just as cheap as when I was living in USA Where have you found good value skis? I always have a browse on Rakuten, but they are still hilariously overpriced, and typically too small.
  15. actually there has been a hiccup on this.He is on a wait list. Something about the jobs available did not require the higher board qualification, which made him too expensive... At this stage in a holding pattern, if there is no offer, he is likely to go for a month in Jan/Feb, and see if he can pick up casual instructing work. (which is what they have recommended). It's no biggie as he earns a lot more per hour here in Perth anyway. It's just not the lifestyle he ultimate wants. That's weird, which school!?
  16. So who are you my fu#*ing spelling teacher! No, just someone who studied climate change at degree level, who read journals, wrote essays and research projects and can see very clearly that you did none of those things.
  17. First thing first, the global warmists all say that the ice sheets are melting and getting thinner every year! This year they said it is at is smallest amount, which actually isn't true! During the summer months winds blow which actually breaks up the ice, (a natural phenomenon), so radar used to measure the ice extent give off false readings. Also they measure the ice in summer, when it is at its warmest with the most sunshine, of course a percentage will melt every year, but it soon comes back. The southern hemisphere ice sheets have been growing during this time and are at there large
  18. I haven't found skis in to Japan to be very good value, best to buy a pair left over from last year in the UK, than rely on being able to get them in Niseko. I have seen some ok deals on some skis, but in limited sizes and types of ski. +1 on getting involved with darts, lots of fun. I've met a fair few of the Nisade crew through darts, and they seem to be a decent company to work for. If you haven't got flights already, I just got a good deal on Virgin, and they are one of the few companies that still give you free ski carriage. See you there.
  19. Yes, most skis are good these days, but you really have to pick what you want them to do, if you get a powder ski for skiing on piste, they're not going to be very good at it, it's not rocket science.
  20. Just thinking about this now, definitely new boots, I have managed to wear through both liners on mine this summer, probably atomic rt 130s or redsters, maybe dalbelllo scorpions. Almost certainly new powder skis, as I am bored of my chopsticks, frontrunners are line opus, or blizzard bodacious. Probably new helmet and goggles. Then the usual replacements of socks/thermals etc.
  21. Never been to Hakuba, but I love Niseko and can't see myself changing anytime soon (heading back for 5th season).
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