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  1. It sounds like you got a raw deal, I'm not sure if it is the same guy or not (maybe a relative) but there is an olympic skier from Nozawa by that name. I agree that he should have tried harder to correct your skiing and give you more advice, I know it's easy for me to say in hindsight but why didn't you tell him to "stop", "look at me skiing", "what am I doing wrong", "please correct my mistakes more"?
  2. get a car with 4WD with snow tyres and you will be right, no worries at all, the roads can be icy but as long as you are carefull you will be right. If you look on the net there will be english maps to shiga http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/english/ which will help, but most signs are in English, do another search on the net for driving in Japan and you will get pictures of road signs etc. Tolls are expensive 7850 one way but cheaper than public transport for 4 people, the rental company should be able to give you directions and a map too, a good site but it's in japanese is http://www.hina
  3. one debit card is fine and one credit card if you like. For major expenses like hotel and lift passes some places will accept your credit card but dont rely on it. Bring cash with you (I think about 50,000 should be enough) and allways keep a 3-40,000 yen in your wallet. It is very easy to get money out from the post office ATM's but don't wait untill you are flat broke and it's 7 o'clock at night and you are dying for a beer and a good feed because you probably won't find anywhere to get cash out. When you are down to your last 20,000 or so make sure you make plans to go to
  4. Karuizawa Prince 1st of November, only 5 weeks away、shiga any time from mid november depending on the snow of course
  5. lost a PDA (Palm t3) with a 1GB mem card, it fell out of my pocket. I guess the hazards of trying to have a dictionary with me everywhere I go. my new one I bought to replace it cost 6man, that was a very expensive ski day. I no longer take it with me when I ski.
  6. I'm not stopping yet, next tue,wed,thur is looking fantastic, shame I have work on tue, but I'm looking forward to wed, thurs and maybe friday into the weekend (who knows at the moment). I'm going tomorrow but mainly to meet some friends and have an onsen, I'm not expecting much in regards to snow quality, of course I will try to make the most out of my time there, but definately not a non stop 8am till 5pm ski day.
  7. as an engineer (mining if anyone is interested) I'm interested to know myself, as we all know it has nothing to do with the temperature, there are many places across the globe consistantly much colder than Japan but Japan wins in terms of snowfall volume. sorry I can not help, but please post your results when you find out. most gaijin in Japan studdied humanities so most probably aren't as interested, but I'm very interested. (not in any way an insult, just that people from different areas of study generally have different points of view)
  8. what annoys me about equiptment is not that beginers have the latest equipment but when beginers are charged money to rent bad equiptment. It is much more prevalent here in Japan than anywhere else I have been to. Here in Japan people who are unaware are ripped off as they pay money for rental skis and boots that should have been thrown out years ago, it's dangerous and just ethically wrong to rent out 15+ year old equiptment
  9. shiga kogen has a website http://www.shigakogen.gr.jp/english/
  10. favorable or satisfactory conditions, good is maybe ok too, but make sure you have the "s" on "conditions" ahhh don't you hate grammar, what I said isn't exactly true, if you are Japanese and it is a "help me with english question" then I will explain more, if you speak english and it's a "help me with Japanese question" then you probably aren't interested in english word usage. PS please update your profile with nationality, it helps us know how to help you
  11. I have a day off tomorrow so off to Nozawa to enjoy it's 40+cm of fresh snow (plus hopefully another 40cm tonight) then it warms up for a few days (hontoni sankanshion dayone) then again next sunday the temperature will drop and give us more of the white stuff 20+cm (fingers crossed). In the middle of it all thurday and friday it should hopefully (according to Snow forecast-just renewed my membership by buying this years calendar)snow at the top of the mountain 40+cm including a 29cm dump in 8 hours thurday night. now I know this is only a forecast but in the words of Big Kev "I'm excited"
  12. maybe in for some 大雪 40+cm predicted at the top of Nozawa, over the next few days, fingers crossed
  13. bit disapointed with my efforts this season, basicly was so spoilt by the early season that when it all went bad I didn't go as much. until now it's been about 30days, was hoping on 60 for the season.
  14. Weeeeeeeeeeell, just checked snow forecast and it's looking like Nozawa is going to ger 30+cm right down to the base over the next 2 days! I'm excited.
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