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  1. Hey everyone, Long time no post. But that's what happens when life catches up with you. I stopped by the site to see if anyone had posted golden week trip reports, but so far my search has been fruitless. Anyone score some big lines over the holidays?
  2. it might not be worth it now. i don't know the conditions anymore on account of no longer living there, but it is usually pretty soggy by this time. but pm me and i can likely direct in the right way for some sweet turns.
  3. nice soubs! i was getting all nostalgic over those photos. soubs is bang on with that mountain, lots of strange planning problems, and the mountain can be flat. there are tricks to riding it properly. BUT, if you know how it is a real treat.
  4. and if so a REAL guide, not like the guy who led his group of unprepared guests into a slide last year.
  5. did we try getting into that area years ago with zero success and spent a good hour walking through a field? are you telling me i'm going to have to make a summer ski trip up to zao next february?
  6. Gateway to Paradise? am i to assume it is near the paradise area? how did we miss that? did you get a camera recently? soft landings, katsu kicks ass.
  7. "But let's be honest, Hokkaido is better for snowboarding/skiing. It's like going to the Rockies vs the Appalachians in North America." are you kidding? which area is which? have you actually been to nagano? it's a freeskier's dream come true! BIG LINES, with huge snow falls. not to get into this seemingly never ending debate, but, if you can ski steep sustained lines, and are willing to do a little work for them, hakuba is your place. with good stable snow pack you can have lines unlike any you ever thought possible after only a short boot pack from the lift, and typically they take you
  8. thanks toque. yeah it is good to be back. it took a bit of adjusting though. and now that i have finally found a way to fit in here i'm up and leaving again. can't pin me down. actually i'd love to plug your brain about the kootenays and teaching prospects if you have the time.
  9. Originally Posted By: samurai I was just curious because they look so skinny. Feb 2nd, eh? Sweet packing to ya. (the wife will be in thailand june through august. NZ may be feasible if we're not upside-down broke after that.) yeah man, make your way down. broken river dude.
  10. yeah, he is doing real well all things considering. he is skiing three to four days a week and rippin it up.
  11. Originally Posted By: samurai Nice shots, daver. Thanks for that. What Dynaster is Mtnlion on in that first shot? Keep us posted on your NZ travels too. A meat pie TR would be swell. i think they are the legend pro, but i don't really remember. you know i don't get hung up over that sort of thing. we leave on the 2nd so you'll have to wait a few weeks for a thorough meat pie TR.
  12. Hello everyone! It's been a while since I've been involved here. Things are shaping up for a hell of a season here in Canada. A hell of a dangerous season as well, given the avi hazard. I'm heading to New Zealand in less than two weeks so my season has pretty much wrapped up, but I have been able to wrangle a few days in the mountains. Here's the proof! My first week was spent hanging out in the Bow Valley with old friends from my skiing bumming days. This is my buddy Dave (TGR mtlion) on "The Shoulder" at Sunshine Village, Dave in Tee Pee Town Chutes at Sunshine, D
  13. i know there is no standard in snow safety in japan, but is there a paramedic standard that all pro patrols need to have?
  14. you know, for your first time in the country and being interested in extra ciricular activities, (do these mean cultural or strictly beer oriented?) i would recomend nozawa onsen. the mountain is big and has lots to offer, has great snow, and the historic little town(litteraly lift side) has a wonderful asthetic with some great bathes and some cool bars. there are also a number of places that are english friendly. don't get me wrong hakuba is amazing, but it is bigger (several different resorts) and as such you won't really have the time needed to get a good feel of what each mountain offe
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