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  1. Slippery Jim

    Hasuike to Giants still skiable?

    Thanks ShigaMac, I'm sure it'll make sense when I'm actually on-scene 😂 Glad to know it's still a working route.
  2. I haven't lodged at the front end of Shiga Kogen for a long, long time. It used to be quite easy to cross the road at Hasuike base and ski down to Giants. Is this still possible? Looks like a lot of construction changes right around there, and I can't really tell from maps if that path is still open.
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    ATMs in Furano that accept overseas cards?

    Thanks s5804, will pass that on to my friend.
  4. Asking for a friend who will visit there in January; does anyone know of specific ATMS in the Furano area that accept overseas credit cards for JPY cash withdrawal? Thanks for any info.
  5. Yamato does not limit ski bags length; I routinely send my 185cm skis by takkyubin, and years ago would send my 205cm skis. No problem. Note: the price may increase a bit for bags over a certain length; I don't know specifics on that.
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    Niseko United vs individual lift tickets

    This is just a question of what you want vs how much you want to spend. Niseko isn't that big, so being able to move among the three ticket zones gives you flexibility to ski where/when you want and take advantage of better snow or weather or shorter lift lines. You also get free United Shuttle rides, which could pretty much close the price gap if (for example) you're staying at Annupuri but the gondola is closed by wind so you bus to Hirafu to ski, then back to lodgings at Annupuri and again bus to Hirafu for dinner/return. Don't laugh, I know people who've done that. Also, there are ways to get discounts on all-mountain lift tix; do some research. But if weather is bad, the top lifts are all closed, and you're happy skiing at whichever zone is closest, then by all means opt for single-zone tix. There's no right or wrong here, just your own decision on what works best for you.
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    Niseko United - Yokubari pack

    It's quite possible the staff at convenience stores didn't understand because they weren't Japanese, and either were not really familiar with the Loppi machine or didn't want to be bothered taking on its many challenges -- not the most user friendly interface even if you read Japanese fluently. Seems to be sold only in Hokkaido convenience stores. I may be in Hokkaido late October or November, and I'll take a look then to see how you navigate to it and pass that on here. Or maybe some SJ'er in Hokkaido can take a shot?
  8. December? Hope it's second half of the month. Early December can be sketchy at Furano; not sure about Kiroro.
  9. Hmmm, that would be a gondola some15km long, crossing over a lot of farms and residences, and then up & over the Maiko ski area to get to the top of Iwappara. I'm guessing no ğŸ˜Ž.
  10. Agree that Rusutsu sounds like what you want. Furano also has some long, well-groomed beginner runs, but not quite as much fun as Rusutsu.
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    Best way to get from Niseko <> Furano

    Probably the easiest (tho expensive) would be a one-way car rental. It looks like a nightmare by train, at seven hours with four transfers. Assuming you're asking about ski season, you could take the ski bus back to the airport and the airport-Furano ski bus. That would be a long day of travel, but it would get you directly from one ski venue to the other.
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    French language spoken in Japan

    Despite rumors to the contrary, Niseko is still (barely) in Japan 🤣
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    French language spoken in Japan

    Lot of French spoken in the Gondola lift line at Niseko Annupuri; also a lot of German, English, Aussie...😂
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    Many, many years ago when it was just Pension 432 I stayed here and it was quite decent, good food. No idea what it's like now, I'm afraid.
  15. The single best day I can remember was in the early '90s as a three-day storm wound down and the higher lifts reopened in Nozawa Onsen; was like skiing through a chest-deep cloud! (Not that I handled the conditions with anything resembling actual ski technique.) But there have been so many memorable powder days, including what I'll call my "first" in what's now Yuzawa Park, when my 10-ride pass ran out and I couldn't afford another one, so I hiked up a couple of hundred meters three times to straightline the beginner run in boot-deep fresh! My most recent great powder day was this past season, knee-deep and still dumping on a weekday with only maybe six other people out there. I'm limiting knowledge of that venue.


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