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  1. Sakka isn't usually too bad as far as crowds go but there is a problem with the fall line and steepness of the slope at the top section of Sakka for absolute beginners. The lifts at Sakka also don't compare to detachable double chair at Iimori(Goryu) which is better for learning for learning. I really like Happo for skiing or boarding but it's terrain doesn't really suit beginner and lower level skiiers/boarders.
  2. For a 5 year old I'd be putting them on skis first. Pretty sure that at most schools if you want a lesson for boarding at that age it will have to be a private lesson. Nothing wrong with trying them on a board but kids at that age usually just struggle to get going on a board unless they are given a lot of help. If they start out on skis then there is a much higher chance of being able to come down the beginners slope by themselves after a lesson with a good instructor on their first day compared to how they would progress on a board. I would also not recommend Happo as the beginners slope
  3. I was up at Happo today for my last day of the season. Wasn't really expecting to much but really enjoyed it. Got there at 8:00 and headed straight to the top. The runs had been groomed although the grooming was pretty average on the Kurobishi slope. The snow was surprisingly good although slushy but a lot of fun By about 9:30 it was pretty well cut up and becoming moguled and it was getting busier with people still arriving so I headed home at about 10:00. Overall a great end to the season. In Mr Wiggles review he said he got there at at 12:00. I would expect it to be very moguled at tha
  4. Get in contact with Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba. They will be able to help.
  5. I use to work in a ski workshop on a ski resort and would see a few boots every season which a customer would bring in that were broken across the front of the boot. These boots were always old and always broke across the toes and on the first run of the day. Didn't cause any injuries but just an inconvenience to the user. Whether it was the change of temperature or just age I'm not sure but it does happen.
  6. Snow tyres really make a big difference but you will still need chains at times. Been pretty icy these past few days on roads in Hakuba and chains being used on the taxis, delivery trucks etc.
  7. Had the Hayfever injections last year and seemed to work well. A total of about 6 injections, getting each injection every 2 or 3 days from the local doctor. Going to see how well I handle it without injections this year but have already had troubles with itchy eyes and a pretty bad runny nose so might get the injections again next year if this gets much worse.
  8. As I said before it's due to a lack of snow.....I use to groom in Japan and have made the odd jump but the last time I went up in a cat was a couple of years ago with a friend who is a professional park builder who was flown in to build the park at Happo. This was in late January and he was concerned about the lack of snow to work with and and didn't want to reduce the snow base especially on the approaches to the jumps so he had to spend a lot of time to push enough snow from another area to build up the park.
  9. Softer snow/powder in the park is more of an issue with maintenance of the features and time/money spent on the park than it is with speed. Once the approaches of the bigger jumps have been groomed you shouldn't getting have any trouble getting the speed to clear the knuckle. Salt can always be thrown on the face of the jump and approach to harden it up but if a large jump was built where people struggled to get enough speed to clear it in most snow conditions then it has been built in the wrong place or should be made smaller. Late spring is an exception as the the snow is usually too sticky
  10. A fair amount of snow is needed to make a decent park so by late Jan there is usually plenty.
  11. Puking down in Hakuba with very little wind in the village so tomorrow should be great if the wind doesn't pick up.
  12. Its a shame you didn't take a lesson. You see many beginners on the slopes who have spent money on rental, travel, lift tickets etc and think they can get by without a lesson or are being taught by a friend who can barely turn. Snowboardings quite easy if you are shown the basics and will be a lot less painful. Progression is faster than skiing so its usually quite easy to become a competent boarder quite quickly. You can research about how to snowboard on youtube or be given tips on forums but you will be far better off having having an instructor telling you what to do in person.
  13. Great morning at Goryu/47 today. Lower slopes turned to crud by lunch but higher up was great. Not the best but one of the better days of the season.
  14. Would have been a scary ride for the people on the lift when the avalanche hit it.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJXVfb-byhc
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