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  1. muikabochi

    'Japanese' style snowboard carving lessons

    Not sure it will help electricbanana-san with his February trip to Hakuba! ;) By the way Annabelle, how quiet is it up there currently?
  2. It must be the bountiful powder snow.... what Japan is famed for! But seriously, next season it will be interesting to see how the marketing fellas deal with the crapfest of 19-20. Just ignore it?
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    Japan 2019-2020: a one off?

    We all certainly hope so. As you said, it's so different from normal. I think it has shocked a lot of folk. I'm sure the coronavirus situation is not helping. Double punch.
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    skiing late march

    The big ones up there usually go to Golden Week. This year? Hmmmmm..... Can't quite believe what's going on this year. Even though I am not there any more, me sad.
  5. I think this year places that were open had more than usual due to the fact that quite a few places could not open due to lack of snow. So not quite a 'normal' circumstance, even when you expect New Year to be busy of course..........
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    Is there enough snow in hakuba?

    Higher up in Hakuba seems to be ok, but it doesn't look like anywhere is doing particularly well this year. So far. Shockingly less than normal in Yuzawa/Minamiuonuma by the looks of things. I can only comment on that area in particular because I used to live there and know what it usually gets. It's kind of funny (though actually shocking/worrying) to see websites for some resorts claiming "powder snow" in their blurb, when there isn't even enough snow to open yet! Yikes. I really do hope the season can improve greatly/recover.
  7. I can't see them assigning more people lifts than is lawfully required. Problems getting enough staff / costs etc.
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    Early season in Japan

    Looking like places are struggling to open. Ski resort managers must get very worried this time of year!! Well, if it isn't snowing much......
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    Kagura early season

    Good to see the first snow in town. Let us hope things can get started on a decent timeline this year.
  10. Nice post ShigaMac and I was nodding in agreement at a fair few of those points. Ski hills with slower pair lifts probably don't sell as many half day/4 hour tickets - you need a day to get around and get enough skiing as a place with super fast lifts. I was basically told that by a ski-jo manager/worker a few years back. He seemed contented with their plethora of pairs! Not to mention having little cash and certainly not enough to get a revamped lift system. I have heard that Lotte Ara is scarily empty, though perhaps it will get more people going. But I have heard that visitors from South Korea to Japan are generally well down this year. I think they're taking the piss myself. 'First Class' tickets! I like the 'Economy/Business' comment on the page on SnowJapan. Funny. I love fast quads myself! On a weekday. At a place where the school trips don't go. When there's fresh snow. And the sun is out, perhaps a few scenic clouds. Easy to please.
  11. muikabochi

    Kagura early season

    You're welcome, though I only read it myself on the Kagura page here. Thanks SnowJapan.
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    Kagura early season

    I see the course back down to the Mitsumata car park will be closed this season due to damage from last months typhoon. https://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/niigata/yuzawa/kagura It was many years ago since I last used that anyway. Wonder if it was popular...
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    Buying ski equipment for Myoko

    Hi Fleety, I will start by saying that I do not have the most experience in buying gear! But, I would imagine buying before Japan and bringing with you would be better. Less 'panic' and less wasted time, more choice, probably less expensive. Nozawa and Myoko are small villages/towns and while you may well be able to buy stuff, there'd (surely) be limited choice and likely more expensive than you could get elsewhere... Anyway, that's what I think.
  14. Many Japanese ski hills are owned and operated by small companies. They're not huge international operations. And they struggle to survive (see: over 200 closing in the last few decades). Of course there are some larger operators. For example Prince. And they closed down a bunch of ski resorts a decade or so ago. Things got really dicey for lots of skijo when the ski boom finished and suddenly income dried up. Lotte Arai threw ski boom type crazy money at that resort so it should be good. Remember to take out your own loan to go there!!

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