rob roy replied to badmigraine's topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryThe states may get lots of dry powder aswell, but the airflight from Australia is a killer. I went to Canada - Whistler, Big White and Grouse Mt in `98/`99. Sure there was good powder there but compared to Australia almost anywhere north of there is better. Australian powder turns to slush within hours of hitting the ground. The Canada snow was good sometimes, not always. Too much temperature variation during a 24hr period can turn powpow into slush too quickly and I don`t need to travel half way round the globe to find that. When I first went to Japan in `00, it was uncompareable to anywhere else. A temperature variation of only 3 or 4 degress in a 24hr period ensured that the pow would remain pow all day into the next dump, and when it decided to dump 20 - 50 cms every night pow was alway at the next turn. And since the first tour `00 , I`ve come back for three weeks every year of powpow since. In Japan , the months of January / Febuary, snow seems to dump every day and night. Last year `01 Feb`, in three weeks I saw the sun for about 6 hrs, the rest of the time snow was falling. I like those types of days, snowboarding the tree runs at Harifu - Strawberry fields and Mirohashi is the best. It may not be 35 - 45 degrees slope,but who cares when the pow is waist deep. I don`t find snow riding for the steepest slopes but the better qulity snow and Japan has some of the best. 35 -45 degress slope would have to be avalanch territory anyway and who needs that. If you need a bigger rush try snowboarding off a 3000ft cliff with parachute in Alaska. Japan powpow does enough me.
rob roy replied to danz's topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryNow on the board, Burton 181 Supermodel.
rob roy replied to lin's topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryIt may look like boots but its really our itchy balls.
rob roy replied to Ocean11's topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryThis is a good satellite snow forecaster http://maps.weather.com/images/sat/japan_sat_720x486.jpg The other one I look at is http://www.snow-forecast.com/images/japanaccumulated.gif Or just look out the window, that is often the best. That is the bloody links work. [This message has been edited by rob roy (edited 17 December 2001).]
rob roy replied to powder_crazed's topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryI found a topograghic map of Hokkaido and I`d say the three dots on the forecast snow page are cities of Asahikawa then Sapporo and then Kutchan. What do you guys reckon?
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