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Mike Pow

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  1. Hoping to hit Fantasy Island towards the end of next week. My longtime student and mate Ian has got a full-time gig at Kiroro running ski ops amongst other things. Nerys & I are doing branding and marketing for the resort, so I'll be living and spending most of my time there this winter. Road tripping to central Hokkaido in December with Nerys to check out Furano, Kamui, Sahoro, Tomamu, Asahidake and Mt Racey. And down to Hakkoda too hopefully. Can't wait
  2. Good call. Asari has a dedicated park which is also available at night.
  3. Opening Day at Kiroro is Friday 21 November. Grand Hirafu is normally the same day or the following day. I've had plenty of powder days on Opening Day. On pistes which haven't been groomed, not in the trees. Too much sasa.
  4. Yes. I put it through its paces with a typical season seeing me on skis for 100 days. Most of the outerwear lasts 1-2 seasons. Mid layers last 2-4 seasons. Base layers last 1-2 seasons. New gloves every season. Goggles last 1-2 seasons. Helmet is 4 seasons old but needs a change.
  5. Avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe are the only things that have lasted more than 4 seasons.
  6. Lose the personal insults because the 5 words bolded above have explained the situation better than any graph, table or stat. IMHO obviously
  7. Coldest August in the UK in over 20 years. However if Scotland leaves the Union tomorrow that figure will be revised. Dramatically
  8. Not always. Sometimes very different weather patterns, even though the resorts are relatively close by.
  9. Not sure about the merchant's fee, but you may want to reconsider buying the all-mountain passes. Better to see your groups ability levels and the weather conditions. In high winds the top lifts close meaning you can't access all areas. And during heavy snow the visibility is poor up high making travel between villages difficult and unpleasant. And if you wanted to visit some of the nearby resorts - Moiwa, Rusutsu, Kiroro - you wouldn't have already paid up for a days skiing.
  10. Forgot to mention that I now stand at the computer rather than sit. That's made a massive difference to my core in a very short space of time (3 months). And about 30 mins to an hour of that standing time I stand on a balancing board.
  11. Walking. Flat, uphill and downhill over mixed terrain. Skipping. The rope variety. Although have been known to skip down the mountain.
  12. That was my experience too. Much warmer & drier than a South Walian summer.
  13. The site that forecasts snow calling for 74cm in the next 3 days up high, around 30 cm at 2,000 m
  14. Or Lupicia just out of Hirafu Village on the way to Higashiyama. Or a little further afield Maccarina in Makkari.
  15. Welcome polinawer. Excuse the piss taking. The Niseko Resort Area is the most popular in that part of Hokkaido but there are many areas with the same snow conditions. They may be smaller or less developed or have less English spoken. Outside of the Niseko Resort Area prices are cheaper. e.g. Rusutsu, Kiroro Search the resorts area of snowjapan to see which ones suit your budget. And there's always Honshu
  16. The H4 black run from the top of Sapporo Teine wasn't pretty the day I skied it. Steep, narrow, bumpy and scraped.
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