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Endless Winter

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  1. Originally Posted By: Black Mountain if you are in japan and can read japanese you should really check out the rakuten website. i find the best deals there and a month ago got 2 new pairs of lens for my Oakley Wisdoms, both at 50% off. Have you got a link for the rakuten site? thanks
  2. Originally Posted By: DumbStick On the news this morning. Looks like we will need to find other places, unfortunately with less reliable snow. Unless you're joking, do you care to give more information and sources for such a broad and sweeping statement?
  3. Originally Posted By: Jynxx I bothers me when someone goes missing. I said to my girl, how can a 190cm Aussie go missing in a place like Niseko and no one sees anything? She says it's easy he doesn't want to be found. It's easy to dismiss that alcohol is a potent drug.. and snowy mountain areas are a dangerous place to be. Out of respect for Scott's family and friends who are reading this forum it would be wise to keep insensitive comments like what your girl thinks as to the reason why Scott has not been found, left out of the forum.
  4. Yahoo Japan has a map that gives a kafun report for each prefecture. If you click on the prefecture where you live, it'll then give a weekly forecast for that area. Looks like this weekend will be high pollen rate for my area in Kanagawa. Here's the link to the map: http://weather.yahoo.co.jp/weather/jp/kafun/
  5. Shiga is high on my list as I've yet to hit that resort area. One of my co-workers who skiis absolutely loves Shiga and raves about how good it is there. Fairly easy to get there from Tokyo Station by Shinkansen and bus. As for Niseko I don't think you can go wrong if you choose to go there. I'ver made five trips there and was never ever disappointed. It seems like it is constantly snowing there, thus consistently good conditions. It's about an hour flight from Haneda, then you can connect to a bus from the airport for a 3 hour ride to Niseko. You're probably looking at a bit more tr
  6. I just bought a pair of Burton Liftliners(10,500 YEN): I used them for the first time yesterday and today and I'm happy with them. My hands stayed warm and dry the whole time. Today really put them to the test too as it was blizzard conditions at Kagura. The fingertips and palm area are made of leather which I treated with Nikwax. I think for snowboarders you tend to use your fingertips alot getting in and out of bindings, thus the durability of leather is a plus. The inner part of the glove is a waterproof insert made by Dryride. If I can use them for the next 3-5 years I'll be
  7. It's the ojii-sans fault. They are terribly inaccurate because they are already half comatose and clueless.
  8. I'd like to echo the good sentiment toward Snowjapan. Japan is the only place I've been snowboarding. It's a passion that was ignited about 8-9 years ago. When I first learned of SJ years back I started reading up on resort reviews as well as gathering as much info as I could about which resorts had the best terrain, etc. It was through this information that I could make a decision on which resort to visit. Each time it's been a great adventure. This site has also been invaluable in helping find various pensions that are reasonably priced. I've repeatedly gone back to resorts which I've
  9. Originally Posted By: rach Quote: I hear this year will be 3x worse than normal They know that already? Not good to hear. I either heard it on the news or read it somewhere recently. If I'm correct, the prediction is based on the summer weather pattern of last year. Suffering through this every year for 6-8 weeks is a bummer. Thus, I hope to take a different approach this year and get the test done as Bobby mentioned, as well as look into getting the shot.
  10. Originally Posted By: bobby12 i havent had it but my colleague does (i think every 3 years) and she reccomends it all the time. last year the doc tested me and diagnosed 3 things i am allergic to and to what degree, and he also showed that i wasnt allergic to about 7 other things. in my case i am allergic to house dust and a type of grass weed that grows near rice fields, so i am pretty much screwed outside of winter. the test was really cheap and took about 5 days for the results to come in. The test is something I need to have done for sure. Thanks for the input. From what I gat
  11. Up until about five years ago I never had a problem with pollen allergy here in Japan. Now, every year starting around mid February I get hit really bad with it. Usual trips to the Dr. only seem to temorarily relieve the symptoms; sneezing and eyes itch like crazy. I've heard that some people get an injection early on and it alleviates the problems associated with pollen. Has anyone on this site that suffers from the dreaded kafunshou had the shot? Is there a clinic in Tokyo/Yokohama that you recommend? I hear this year will be 3x worse than normal, so I'm hoping to take care of it soon.
  12. Have you looked here on this site? http://www.snowjapan.com/e/resorts/jobs-available/index.html
  13. Had a bad day did you? You chose one of the busiest times of the year to venture out to a resort that is pretty much family/kids oriented. There's 599 other resorts in Japan you know.
  14. Last year the week prior to Christmas I spent 3 days at Happo. There was an abundance of fresh powder everyday and very few people at resort. It was awesome. I think if the snow is on, pre-Christmas is one of the best times to hit the slopes. No crowds + abundant snow = bliss. It seems like Niseko is the only place this year where that's happening.
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