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  1. Markie: Cracked ribs? Don't know if the doc gave you one, but a stretchie thing that wraps around your chest to keep it compressed really helps. Mine also healed in about three weeks (as Barok mentioned) but then re-injured in a Boarder-X comp! healed up again after that, and don't have any traces of injury (two seasons) ago. Torn ankle ligaments (two seasons ago)- still trying to heal. Friend- broke his leg last week, on a powder covered mogul course! about 10m into the run, first run of the day! pretty bad fracture. didn't know there were moguls under there, looke
  2. hmmm, seems like I've got a lot of mixed replies with this topic... to set the record straight, no we are not both retarded, and we don't need help! I think this might be one of those things where you had to be there! I'm not going to explain and justify everything that transpired, since like the other topic about the snowboarder that "left the scene of the crime," all the facts cannot be known to those that weren't there nor involved. Maybe my friend was a premature in his actions, but then again, maybe he felt threatened (yeah, some of you say, this is Japan, and things like tha
  3. This is a great story... also happened up in Tohoku where Japan's eyes are these days looking for the snowboarder wearing grey... My buddy (gaijin) was riding a 6-person gondola with 4 other japanese snowboarders, two girls and two guys... one dude lights up his cig, completely ignoring the signs and my friend. my buddy held some constraint, gave him a few "stink eyes" and then when the other guy lit up, just couldn't stand by and suffocate any longer. He tells the guy, "yamete" (stop that)... repeats it three times, only to have the guys completely ignore him (guess they were showing
  4. I saw the show last night... apparently the kid is in pretty serious condition, no movement in the right arm and right leg. the word is if the guy turns himself in there won't be any charges, but if he doesn't then there will be... the theme of the story was not so much the big crime involved, but more of a plea from the parents to put this behind him and help little Hiro understand... there was also a couple of things said by other snowboarders, which I very much agree, that because of this and the limelight given, a lot of people are presuming snowboarders are a bad lot! (which, you gotta
  5. Barok ... thanks for the update... pretty much as I suspected... guess I was hoping for a miracle... yep, the parks are where it's at, and I've got a decent one nearby without having to make the trek to Hakuba... guess I can watch "Ed" now and sleep in... mahalo!
  6. Can anyone give the real deal with the pow in Hakuba for the last couple of days... ? the daily report didn't have a lot of specifics for today, and I'm trying to decide whether to make the trip tomorrow (well, actually later today...) Anyone that's been up there, please do tell... gracias!
  7. Me again... I've actually been using Burton's CFX 98-99 model up thru last year (about 20~30 days a season of hard riding). They've been great! I've replaced a few minor parts (only because I failed to check the "tightness" of the screws as the day went on... lost one). The screws do tend to come loose with hard riding, but I imagine any would (?) As long as you check them occasionally and carry a tool to tighten them, no problem. The plastic "tongue" generally needs to be replaced every season, but at about 250yen each, I haven't really had to dip into the savings... good to hear abo
  8. Hello, Anyone out there use the RIDE Team model binding? I am about to have a pair brought back to Japan and wanted some feedback (yea or nea). I have always used Burton top 'o line stuff, but thought I would try out the competition. Also, it is probably a bit too early for anyone to have tried yet, but I'll ask anyway... how about Burton's new P1 HD (or MD)? Anyone have a chance to try it out yet? How about Burton's C14? Any comments from riders with experience using both of these brands (within the last couple of years please) would be appreciated.
  9. comments on Iwappara - just got back from there last week. If it is a snowy day, or at least cloudy with some fresh snow, it is an EXCELLENT spot for beginners verging on intermediate. It is a VERY South side resort, so it gets the full strength of the sun, which really craps out the conditions by early afternoon (excellent for the morning of course). We boarded for two days there, first day, full sun, beautiful weather, but hard packed by early afternoon. next day, 30cm of fresh powder, in fact, too much for the top, since it wasn't even steep enough to be able to cut your own lines, BUT
  10. somewhat agree... I also find the runs a bit too short and not quite steep enough to hold the deep powder, so what do we do, since this is where we ARE (Honshu: Nagano, Niigata, Gifu) and likely to be for most of the season? TREES! invest in a helmet and get in the trees... gets more technical and challenging (and sometimes painful) but the thrill is there. Also, when there is usually NO powder to be easily found there is somewhere in the trees. Myoko has some really nice runs, we found a most excellent (albeit not steep) tree run that lasted for quite a while (5 or so mins non-stop/no-spil
  11. Only way to go... conbini ramen, sushi, snickers, and beer (of course if its early in the morning, then start with the beer...) Invest in your own cannister of gas, a burner, and a teapot (this is my handle, this is my spout... yeah that's the one). Oh, and of course, water, snow takes just too long too melt... very cheap way to go. Oh, yeah, instant coffee (to use up the excess hot water). This is probably easier to manage for those driving, but you can still do it hauling around your own bags on the trains. It's a somewhat tasty, very cheap, warm, lunch. we also bring our
  12. I live in Konan, Aichi-ken (near Inuyama) and am looking for a regular group of boarders for a Wednesday day trip to a Gifu ski resort (most likely Takasu). It would be an early departure (5~6am) so depending on where you live, you may have to drive to get to the meeting place (since we may be meeting before the trains operate). If you live nearby, I could possibly pick you up (especially if you live along the way, Inuyama, Seki, Mino, Kagamigahara, etc.) Its about a 1.5 to 2 hour drive to the bottom of the lifts (in Gifu), but there are possibilities for further out (Nagano) day
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