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Posts posted by uggggllllyyyy

  1. Hiya Sweaty Sock (joke cos you beat us a rugby)


    Personally I would shoot straight to Niseko and bugger the cost. However, if you wanted to get some runs in before cruising up to Niseko then I recommend searching on this site for YUZAWA resorts in Niigata or HAKUBA resorts in Nagano for some early spring riding with everything easily at hand.


    Rough costs - lifts - 4000yen perday. Hire - max 3500yen per day (check that tho').


    However, do a search for the above resort areas and you will find loads of info on this site.


    Personally tho' I would get to Niseko asap.

  2.  Quote:
    Originally posted by Bushpig:
    yeah that's the kind of dodgy illegal stuff I won't get involved in either spud. get caught and it's fraud charges. Which is one of the things they take very seriously! Not just a matter of swapping a season pass with a mate.
    Nah its no problem. If you get caught, you go on TV, bow, say you're sorry and something along the lines of "I will think long and hard about how best to atone for causing distrust in the public...blah blah blah!". lol.gif
  3. This one goes around too. Time to stick up for kagura.


    Happo snow sucks big time compared with Kagura. Powder at kagura is (sometimes) comparable with Hokkaido whereas Happo's is always wet. I agree with Happo's quantity of on-piste terrain but the amount of people at happo makes this a pain in the ass. Weekends are ALWAYS busy at happo and I prefer going to other resorts in Hakuba if you want on-piste. Off-piste at kagura is so easily accessable and with quality of snow it wins hands down against most of the Happo off-piste. Happo does have more of the very steep stuff though.


    Not really bothered because with most of the Hakuba-philes here at Hakuba it means more fresh stuff in kick arse kagura.


    Finally Kagura has a longer season that happo (I mean Happo and NOT the high-alpine!)


    Bring it on happo!

  4.  Quote:
    Originally posted by Kumapix:
    Akakura is very big but a bit featureless. Great onsens though! The outof bounds is great but you need a local

    I'm going tomorrow for the weekend. When were you thinking of going?
    Hey Kumapix, I am thinking of a trip to Akakura this season but never been. Any chance of writing a review/report of this w.e. when you get back. Would luv some piccies. Especially interested in tree areas/ ungroomed slopes etc. Sorry I know this sounds crap but any info would be great.
  5.  Quote:
    Originally posted by number9:
    Hmm.. forecast for Kagura is wet snow with temperatures of -4/-14 for Saturday when I go up for the Shinkansen day trip.

    Hopefully it won't get warmer, especially up there.
    \Number 9, I did the Kagura wet snow day last month. Its a laugh as long as you are ready for sh8te snow. But be warned, even at kagura it was bad.
  6. Number9, again its only my humble opinion but I have found J-resorts to be pretty quiet on the whole with only a short wait for lifts/gondolas etc. HOwever, GALA/Ishiuchi, Naeba and Happo-one are exceptions becos they are the "famous" ones where all the cool kids from tokyo/Osaka areas like to hang out. SO if possible, I would avoid these three places like the plague on the w.e


    Then again opinions are like a&&holes, everyone has one. babab-boom!

  7. Ger, This does seem to be going round and round and round. So here is my two cents worth. From my personal experience (only) Niseko has best and most reliable snow, Hakuba has great terrain and easy access to offpiste stuff but the snow can get very heavy at times throughout the season and is packed on the w.e. Been to Iwate (only once tho') and that was pretty cool with some terrain and great snow and very empty. Niigata has great mix of terrain/snow quality but can also get busy. However, resorts being busy here is nothing compared with european resorts apart from maybe GALA.


    To be honest its all good and you would be pretty unlucky to get a bad trip (not that kind). As my mate says, "a bad day on the slopes still beats a good day in the office"



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