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  1. Aren't they having a pretty grim time anywhere outside of the US. I just read that in the UK they slashed the price from 300 quid to 199 just weeks after it's UK launch.

    Apparently anyone who bought it at the original price will be given a "Thank you Package" consisting of 2 games and a console (worth 115 quid). Maybe only for European buyers though.


    [This message has been edited by Sharon (edited 18 April 2002).]


    [This message has been edited by Sharon (edited 18 April 2002).]

  2. Maybe a stupid Q to those in the know but the temps are the same out there. R there any real differences except for the colours - snowboard = drab and lifeless, ski = OTT and gaudy, all except for my bright orange jaffa jacket of which I'm immensely proud and want to wear it more often (not 'coz of the colour, but 'coz the only place I'd wear it wld be on the slopes).

    By the way, is this it? Is it time for Frankie? (And now, the end is near....).

    Where will you all be for the next 7 or 8 months? No more Ocean (doesn't he look like Ali G in that piccie?), NoFakie, Mogsi, Rach, Barok, Britgob etc? You guys don't know me from Adam and I've certainly not posted as much as you but you've been there. Letting me know that s/o out there has more freetime to board and post than me.


  3. Snapper, I'm not talking about an intermediate or advanced run, I'm talking about the beginner gelende that leads down the last lap to Hirafu. The reason it gets like that is the traffic, sure, but what I wanted to say was that if the traffic was merely beginner skiers, it would not end up like the terrifying minefield it was. Of course it wouldn't stay as perfectly groomed as when I was on it the day before (much less traffic) but beginner snowboarders tend to go down the hill with their feet and board horizontal, therefore scraping all the top layers of powder and leaving just the hard, compacted ice that has been there a long time. The moguls come from the better snowboarders who are spraying the snow from one side to the other as they whoosh most elegantly down the mountain. Thus, beginner skiers, like myself actually feel more comfortable on the red runs - few people go near them so the powder remains and makes for a much easier trip.

  4. Like Ski Japan Guide, I'm glad it stayed friendly and I was interested to read the other sides opinions. As to the weather being the cause, of course I realise that and I was only referring to a day in Niseko started off with perfect powder but only 3 hours later was a minefield of ice balls and snow mounds. I'm a beginner and I know that we must really annoy advanced skiers and snowboarders (sumimasen) but is there any where that a gelende is split in two with a beginners side and an advanced side. Otherwise, I, a beginner, have to stick to the red runs and later be terrified about coming back down the mogul spiked gelende at rush hour.


    As to Ally McBeal - you're totally right, but after 9 years in Japan, we get pretty desperate for English in any form......I have even known intelligent male professionals to have excited discussions about the latest goss on Beverly Hills!!!????!!! That's desperation!

  5. Mmmmmm! Do you think this will go off?

    Well, here goes....I had a great time last weekend as a semi-beginner skier, but all the snowboarders really ruined the snow.

    The beginners scrape right down the powder like they're using the board as a razor blade and leave a sheet of ice.

    The better boarders swish the snow around, leaving mounds of snow and essentially turn the beginner's run into a mogul course with patches of hail stone sized ice balls. No offence, but I keep reading lots of disparaging (sorry, too much Ally McBeal)comments about beginner skiers. Also, you guys complain about skiers stopping everywhere - so do the beginner snowboarders and at least we don't clog up the mountain in groups of 5 or 6 sitting having a natter on our butts.


    Really don't mean to offend - just curious to see what you all think. (Plus I was a bit peeved the other day when I did fall, a snowboarder literally jumped over me but clipped my head with his board).

  6. Heading off to Zao Onsen on Thurs. 2 couples but couldn't get same hotel - travel agent messed up. Anyway, got home and pressured Japanese hubbie into emailing the hotels to see if we could have dinner in each others hotel on one night (package includes meals).

    He hummed and hawed and said that of course it was a stupid idea and that they wouldn't have a bar of it.


    3 days later the emails came back and lo and behold, there is common sense to be had in this country. They said yes!! So now we will dine in own hotel first night, then we will have dinner the 4 of us in our friends hotel the 2nd night and the grand finale will be in our hotel.


    Sorry to waffle on about something unrelated to powder but I thought this may help people in a similar situation or even just to give hope that some day, the rest of Japan may be sensible and flexible about not putting onions in my yaki-soba or corn on my pizza.

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