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  1. "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 back to the resort. look up some of the locals on this forum to get some better advice on the area. they know their stuff. stay at FatTwin's place.


    now i suppose that if you are a novice/intermediate skier with minimal back country experience i bet the resorts in hokkaido are a great place to make your first go at swooshing in the powdery snow. yeah!


    as for travel up the sea of japan coast, does the JR rail pass cover the overnight train? either way you are looking at a long trip up, but it might be more worth your while to head back to tokyo and take the shikansen up the east side. this way you can also make stops at some of the less represented but still fun northern honshu resorts. ie zao, ghetou, hachimantai (if you tour, you'll love it) and hakkoda.


    enjoy the trip.


    enjoy your

  2.  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.
  3. 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, daver_30.jpg


    Dave in Tee Pee Town Chutes at Sunshine, daver_31.jpg


    Dave in Burnt Trees at Sunshine, daver_33.jpg


    My friend Shaun in Burnt Trees,



    After a few days in the Bow Valley skiing Sunshine, Lake Louise, and Kicking Horse I hopped on a plane and headed to Whistler. Whistler ROCKS!!! I really can't say it enough. Yeah there are crowds, but the reality is if you can ski the areas that Whistler is renown for than you really don't have anything to worry about. We had two days of sunshine and the first day was the opening of the peak chair after a few days of snow. No pictures of that, sorry it was time to ski, but I did get a few shots of the next day in perfect blue bird conditions. Enjoy!

    My buddy Justin in Big Bang,



    Spot the pro. My buddy, and Extremely Canadian staff Steve in Big Bang,



    Steve with the sponsor shot,


  4. 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 offers.

    as for getting to either, it's a simple shinkansen to nagano, and from there you can catch a connecting train or bus to either places.

    have fun!

  5.  Originally Posted By: bobby12
    So what, we are supposed to take this country and their religion seriously now? These guys saved Mohammed from dire humiliation? I really think some people do not have any brain in their head.

    you're mincing two separate issues here. nobody takes the sudan seriously in regards to its human rights record. ie darfur!!!!
    but there is no reason to belittle islam or its millions upon millions of devote, passive, and tolerant followers for this.
    come on man, get a grip.
  6. maybe so gary, the mosaic of multiculturalism is less than perfect. but that is a far cry from blatant state supported racism.


    thursday, this is aside from the point. we are not comparing racism in japan to racism in other countries. we are discussing racism in japan and its implications on japanese people and the foreign community who try to call it home. albeit there is racism in all places on all levels, some countries make an effort to combat the problem and create a venue for legal action.

    "Why the qualification? If you are not white, then you are not American. "

    wrong! the title was coined and it used not by none members of said cultural community to define, but rather these are terms coined by said groups as means to assert both their nationality and their cultural past with pride.


  7. the sign is usually on snack bars with japanese girls. not so often when the girls are from elsewhere in asia. so you don't want to go into a snack bar, the sign doesn't affect you.

    however, what happens when it is an onsen? that happens. also, gyms and apartment complexes sometimes have policies which forbid gaijin entrance.

    or even worse what happens when you enter an optometry shop and the owner yells at you to leave, you bring the situation to court, the defendant openly admits he hates people like you and the judge sides with the defendant on the terms that as gaijin you could not have understood what he shop owner was saying? that too has happened. recently.

  8. racism in japan is certainly more benign than in other countries, but that doesn't mean it is more or less good. it certainly is not physically harmful now, at least as far as the media will let you know about it, but the benign, casual racism here has had a history of turning severely more brutal. not unlike anywhere else, sure, but like everywhere else japan should be held accountable when deserved.

    i did my best to avoid the bigots but i ran into them enough for it to not surprise me when it happened.

    my japanese friends of course never liked it when it happened either, however even they were capable of having a few gut wrenching ideas about outsiders now and again. by no means were they mean and spiteful, they were just poorly informed by terrible media. but, that one of the places it starts and that's where it can be most corrosive and most disastrous. that's why it should be no more excusable.

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