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  1. Christmas party is good, but how about both that AND 22 November? Would you be interested? Belle, haven't seen you for ages.. getting ready for another season of smelly socks and big airs??
  2. Actually, on my first visit to Nozawa last March we received quite the nagging from a liftie - but then again, perhaps our crime had more to do with ducking the ropes right next to the top of the lift (next to the 'skiers only'-slope) then actually riding off-piste?? Go figure.. Could it be that you are allowed to go out of bounds as long as you don't duck the ropes where they can see you directly (see no evil, hear no evil etc.)?
  3. And for those of us not fortunate enough to ride in Hokkaido regularly, would appreciate if somebody told that such places exist in Honshu...
  4. Have never heard the term 'natural' used in this context, to me it's always been 'regular' vs. 'goofy'??
  5. Been to Verbier two years ago. Without a doubt the best riding of my life! Especially when I managed to hook up with a few guys who were there for the whole season to show me around.. Although riding here CAN be good, comparing to Switzerland in terms of terrain makes no sense - two very different things.. But, as going to Swiss Alps is not an option this winter, I'm very much looking forward to the first turns of the season here, along with lots of pow and those nasty patrol guys chasing me for riding the trees!! "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow..."
  6. Nro 1 on my list would be salmiakki. Probably no translation to English? (salty liquorice?) It's Finnish black candy that can look very suspicious.. (had a nice time at Narita once when the guy asked what the 2kg bag is.. Anyone ever tried?
  7. Sorry barok, Nat is allergic to chocolate! My choice would be a difficult one between Niseko and BC/Canada... I'll say Canada. But obviously you're now going to Germany, right Nat?
  8. I believe the skiers' record is something around 240-250km/h. That's pretty good when you consider the normal speed at freefall (flat on stomach) is about 180km/h...
  9. Think one has to comment on this one... Cross-country is one the best forms of exercise there is, beats running/jogging 6-0 - good for your legs, back, arms, shoulders etc. Not to mention the cardiovascular workout + the quiet nature surrounding you. Used to do 400-500km/winter in elementary school, then relatively quiet until few years ago when I started all over again; going for a nice little 25-30km spin, especially on a sunny day is hard to beat -- mind you that there weren't any huge mountains where I used to live.. Those of you that have been riding with me at the slopes know that b
  10. Simon, please don't tell me that from your house/flat/room you have a view to that huge dam where the Mont Fort backcountry tracks end... *sobbing in jealousy* Why are some people blessed with these things!?! Oh well, maybe I can afford something like that when I grow up.. At least we had 50-60cm of fresh snow in Arai last weekend.
  11. Nat, let's see if the North Americans get their butts kicked in (men's) hockey like in Nagano! Might be harder now but still looking forward to the games (like most Finns)...
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