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  1. Happo is a resort that I have held a season pass for a couple of times in the past. The resort itself is a little too bumpy for my taste, but the main selling point for me is the easy access to the backcountry from the top Grat Quad lift. I also used to like the ‘High Cascade Park’ that was a feature for a few seasons on the course far skiers left of the resort, served by the Kitaone 3 Pair lift. Unfortunately, that park no longer exists and has been replaced by something called ‘Happo Banks’ at the same spot. So I was a lucky winner of what I think was the first SJ Giveaway of the 2013/14 season. I won a day ticket to use at Happo. Thanks Snow Japan! I ended up using this ticket a little later in the season than I had initially planned, so I apologise for the delay in posting my trip report. Monday, March 31st was a sunny, fairly warm day. I set off from my house at around 8:15am and arrived at the Snow Plaza Sakka number 8 car park a little after 9am. I wouldn’t usually park here, but my plan was to go and check out the Happo Banks park. Getting there from the Adam Gondola would have taken more time and a couple of lifts. Also, I was riding alone and had no intention of hiking the ridge-line above the Grat Quad to ride the BC lines. So I got my ticket and headed to the Sakka Kitaone Quad lift to get me up to the Happo Banks park. The lady at the ticket window told me that it was now impossible to ride back down to the Sakka Plaza area, and I would need to take the lift back down instead. She wasn’t kidding the whole base area looked positively brown with all the bare patches coming through the snow, which was looking very thin on the ground already! Looking around on the lift ride up, it was a similar story most of the way up towards the middle elevation of the resort. The end of March seemed a little early for this kind of melting, but the whole valley had been subjected to some pretty serious rain events the previous week. That coupled with the very mild temperatures had really taken its toll on the base at the lower elevations. I spent the first couple of hours lapping the Happo Banks park on the Kitaone 3 Pair lift. Some of my friends seem to like this park, but I really have no idea what they were trying to achieve with it. It is basically just a series of really low, gentle banks with a few ‘humps’ placed down the centre of the course. The humps have gentle tranny sides, so they can be approached as mellow hips I guess, but basically the whole park is really gentle and kind of boring. I lapped the course a good dozen times I’d say and picked as many lines as I could through it in that time. The snow was slushy and slow, but I was amused enough for a little while at least. I wouldn’t recommend this area for park riders and it is definitely nowhere near as good as the old High Cascade park that it has replaced. I decided to spend the reminder of the day just riding around on course a little higher up the mountain. I rode down to the Skyline 2 Pair lift to get higher up the mountain. The course below the lift was already closed due to lack of snow! The Skyline 2 Pair is possibly one of the slowest lifts around, but it gives you some nice views of the surrounding mountains, especially on a clear day. I decided to go to the top and take a nice long cruiser down as far as I could go. On reaching the station of the Grat Quad lift the wind had really picked up. Riding up the lift it was positively howling! I wasn’t really expecting/dressed for those conditions, but I zipped up all my vents and got on with it. At the top of the Grat Quad, I battled the wind and walked far skiers’ left of the resort area to have a little look down the first big gully ending at the river at the end of the popular BC lines. It was looking sketchy down there and there weren't any groups were hiking up the ridge-line above the lift. From the top of the Grat Quad lift I did a run down the Skyline course, as it the run with the least bumps. The run was basically empty and the snow was much better spring sugar snow than the slush lower down the mountain. I did this run a couple of times, as well as a few of the bumpier runs served by the Alpen Quad and the Happo Tenbo lift, before deciding to call it a day early and head off into the village for lunch. I got back to my car a little after 2pm and went to Tanukis, near Hakuba station for lunch. It was their last day for the season, so I needed one last hamburger there! All in all I had a fun day at Happo. I was a little surprised by how thin the snow was at the bottom and by how windy it was up at the top. Thanks again for the ticket Snow Japan!
  2. I used to visit Suginohara often when I first moved to Nagano, as at that time I lived on the northern side of Nagano city and it only took an hour or so to drive across into Niigata and the Myoko area. Now that I live such a short drive from the Hakuba valley, I rarely get across to Myoko and I do miss the place. I was lucky enough to win not one, but two tickets to use anywhere in the Myoko area in the last ‘Unclaimed Tickets’ Giveaway of the 2013/14 season. Thanks Snow Japan! I decided to use the tickets to visit Myoko Suginohara on what turned out to be a big powder day, late in the season. As I had two tickets, I decided to treat a friend of mine to a day out. I hadn’t ridden with him in a good few seasons, so he was very glad for the invitation, and even more so seeing as the ticket was free! As always, my wingman, ‘Bushiman’ came along for the ride. He got lucky on the same giveaway. So it had started puking at around 5pm on Thursday (20th) night and we arrived at Myoko Suginohara car park at around 8:20am on Friday. The drive up there was a little slower than we had expected, as the highway traffic slowed right down around the couple of IC exits before Myoko. After the IC there was not so much traffic at all really. It was the first day of a 3 day weekend, but the parking wasn’t even close to being full. Score! There was maybe 25cm of fresh on the ground when we arrived and it was coming down hard. Really good, light snow too. It certainly didn’t feel like the end of March up there! We met my buddy at the ticket window and got our tickets for the day. It was here that we found out the top ‘Mitahara No.3 High-Speed Qhad Lift’ would not be running today, due to the sudden dump of fresh snow. That kind of put the brakes on our plan to ride the lines over the back of the top lift. That said, those lines are steep and the new storm snow on top of the recent rain crust layer would have been sketchy at best. We decided that the best way to enjoy these late season powder conditions would be on the tree lines with less gradient. No line at the gondola, so we were straight in and on our way to the goods. It was looking deep out there! We took a couple of very mellow powder lines in the trees off the ‘Mitahara High-Speed No. 2 Quad Lift’ that serves the park. The first one was basically a straight line as it was bottomless and gravity was barely enough to get us through! The second one was just using our tracks from the previous line to gain some speed to catapult into the deep and get some nice turns. Pretty fun to warm up but we soon realised that we needed something a little steeper, as there was at least 40cm on the ground up there and our tracks were getting partially covered between laps! We opted for a longer, steeper line the other side of the mountain. Starting a little lower down and ending near the bottom of the gondola, this is the line we rode until we stopped for lunch. The snow was bottomless, light, fast and it was big grins all morning. At around 10am it looked like this: And then by 11am it was more like this: It was snowing so hard that our tracks were almost completely filled in between laps on the gondola. I’d say that it was more like 50-60cm on the ground by the time we stopped for lunch at around 1:30pm. I wouldn’t usually stop for lunch on a powder day like we were having, but I was hungry and ramen was the only thing that could satisfy my hunger. Bushiman and Jimbob were ready to eat too. Our 40 minute rest and feed was well deserved. We stopped at the ‘Restaurant Downhill’ half way down the ‘Suginohara Connection Trail’ and it was basically empty. I inhaled a massive bowl of ramen and it hit the spot! Hunger cured and time for a 15 minute rest to prepare for the post-feed lines. It was around 2:15 when we got back out there, so it was straight down to the gondola again to get a few more of the same line. The run we took down was our only one on a regular course, and the slope was almost empty. In fact, the whole place seemed freakishly quiet for the first day of a three-day weekend….. We called it a day at around 3:30 and got back to the car to find it buried up to the bumpers. Maybe a good 30cm had fallen in the 7 hours we were there. It was still coming down hard when we left! This photo of the car next to ours shows how much had fallen: It was a great day and I always like riding at Suginohara. It’s a shame the top lift wasn’t running, but we managed to get the goods all day on the lines available to us. Thanks for the tickets Snow Japan!
  3. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 We have a number of unclaimed ski lift tickets that we would like to send out to people - they are no use left here unused! We have at least one lift ticket from all of the weekly prizes apart the Niseko Hanazono, Happo-one and Hakuba Goryu Giveaways. The remaining Givewaways - ie. the ones that we have unclaimed ticket(s) for - can be found here: http://www.snowjapan...0132014-season/ If you would like one of those and are able to use them, please send us an email to editor@snowjapan.com; tell us your Forums member name; and tell us why you'd like one. Oh yes, and don't forget to tell us which one you would like. In order to reduce time needed in this process, also tell us your postal address in case you win. (Don't worry, if we don't use it to send you a ticket it will be deleted). One more thing: If you have already won a ticket from us in the last few seasons, please send us a link showing us the Resort Review you have posted and/or photos you uploaded to SnowJapan. We'll decide who gets what by the end of the week. Thank you and good luck.
  4. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 14th February 2014 until Thursday 20th February 2014 This weeks prize: 30 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at any of the following resorts - Happo-one (Hakuba), Hakuba Iwatake (Hakuba), Tsugaike Kogen (Otari) - in Nagano Prefecture. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resorts close). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Hakuba Alpen Resorts. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Hakuba Alpen Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 15 people will be chosen - each to receive 2 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Hakuba Alpen for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on the resorts: Hakuba Happo-one: http://www.snowjapan...akuba-happo-one Hakuba Iwatake Snow Field: http://www.snowjapan...take-snow-field Tsugaike Kogen: http://www.snowjapan.../tsugaike-kogen ----- Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  5. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 7th February 2014 until Thursday 13th February 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at the Zao Onsen resort in Yamagata. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Zao Onsen resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Zao Onsen Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Zao Onsen for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Zao Onsen: http://www.snowjapan...sorts/zao-onsen http://www.snowjapan...agata/zao-onsen Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  6. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 7th February 2014 until Thursday 13th February 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at the GALA Yuzawa resort in Yuzawa town, Niigata. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of GALA Yuzawa. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'GALA Yuzawa Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at GALA Yuzawa for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on GALA Yuzawa: http://www.snowjapan...awa/gala-yuzawa Website: http://www.galaresor...winter/english/ --- Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  7. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 7th February 2014 until Thursday 13th February 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at either the Iwappara (Yuzawa) resort or Joetsu Kokusai (Minamiuonuma) resort in Niigata. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket - you can choose which resort on the day. The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Joetsu Kokusai. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Iwappara Joetsu Kokusai Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Joetsu Kokusai Iwappara We would like to thank the good people at Joetsu Kokusai and Iwappara for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Joetsu Kokusai: http://www.snowjapan.../joetsu-kokusai For more information on Iwappara: http://www.snowjapan...esorts/iwappara --- Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  8. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 31st January 2014 until Thursday 6th February 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at Hakuba Goryu in Hakuba village, Nagano. The ticket also covers the connecting Hakuba 47 resort. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Hakuba Goryu resort. (Please note that on changing the voucher for a ticket at the resort, you will need to pay 1000 yen - this amount will be returned in full on returning the elecrtonic chip). Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Hakuba Goryu Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Hakuba Goryu for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Hakuba Goryu: http://www.snowjapan...ba/hakuba-goryu Website: http://www.hakubagoryu.com Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  9. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 31st January 2014 until Thursday 6th February 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at Maiko Snow Resort in Minamiuonuma city, Niigata. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Maiko Snow Resort resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Maiko Snow Resort Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - We ask that you post a review of the resort and upload photos to SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Maiko Snow Resort for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Hakuba Goryu: http://www.snowjapan...iko-snow-resort Website: http://www.maiko-resort.com/ Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  10. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Thursday 24th January 2014 until Thursday 30th January 2014 This weeks prize: 25 one-day lift ticket vouchers - 5 each one for the following resorts: - Nozawa Onsen in Nagano Prefecture - Zao Onsen in Yamagata Prefecture - Kusatsu Onsen in Gunma Prefecture - Happo-one in Nagano Prefecture - Myoko Akakura Onsen in Niigata Prefecture The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Mt 6 group. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Mt 6 Giveaway' 4) Also mention which resort lift ticket you want to be entered for (see list above) 5) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 25 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Mt 6 and the individual resorts for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Mt 6: http://www.snowjapan...ki-resorts/mt-6 Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  11. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Thursday 24th January 2014 until Thursday 30th January 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at Ryuoo Ski Park in Yamanouchi, Nagano. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Ryuoo Ski Park resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Ryoo Ski Park Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Ryuoo Ski Park for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Ryuoo Ski Park: http://www.snowjapan.../ryuoo-ski-park http://www.snowjapan.../ryuoo-ski-park Website: http://www.ryuoo.com Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  12. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Thursday 24th January 2014 until Thursday 30th January 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at Sugadaira Kogen in Ueda, Nagano. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Sugadaira Kogen resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Sugadaira Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Sugadaira Kogen for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Sugadaira Kogen: http://www.snowjapan...sugadaira-kogen http://www.snowjapan...sugadaira-kogen Website: http://www.sugadaira.com Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  13. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 17th January 2014 until Thursday 23th January 2014 This weeks prize: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at White World Oze Iwakura in Katashina, Gunma Prefecture. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season, until the resort closes. The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of the White World Oze Iwakura resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'White World Oze Iwakura Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at White World Oze Iwakura for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on White World Oze Iwakura: http://www.snowjapan...rld-oze-iwakura Website: http://www.oze-iwakura.co.jp/ski/ Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  14. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 17th January 2014 until Thursday 23th January 2014 This weeks prize: 20 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at Madarao Kogen (Madarao Mountain Resort) in Nagano. The vouchers can be exchanged for a 1 day ticket on any day this season (until the resort closes). The lift ticket vouchers are coming to you courtesy of Madarao Kogen resort. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Madarao Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 2 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank the good people at Madarao Kogen for taking part in this Giveaway. For more information on Madarao Kogen: http://www.snowjapan...s/madarao-kogen Website: http://www.madarao.jp/ski Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  15. SnowJapan Giveaways 2013/2014 Friday 17th January 2014 until Thursday 23th January 2014 This weeks prize: 30 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1 day lift ticket at any of the ski resorts in Minamiuonuna, Niigata Prefecture: - Ishiuchi Maruyama - Ishiuchi Hanaoka - Maiko Snow Resort - Mt Granview - Joetsu Kokusai - Chateau Shiozawa - Muikamachi Ski Resort - Itsukamachi - Muikamachi Hakkaisan - Hakkaisanroku There will be 15 winners, each receiving two vouchers. The lift tickets are coming to you courtesy of Minamiuonuma Tourism Association and are valid on any day until 23rd March 2014. Who can enter? Any current and active member of SnowJapanForums. ('Active' means you have actually joined in and made posts on the Forums - not just simply signed up!) How do I enter? Please read carefully! 1) Send an email to giveaways2013@snowjapan.com 2) Please note your SnowJapanForums username in the email - if you do not write this, you will not be entered. 3) Subject line 'Minamiuonuma Giveaway' 4) Any comments either about the resort, giveaway or SnowJapan are most welcome. If your mail has been received, you should receive an automatic reply from us soon after sending. That means you have been entered! Important! Please: - Only enter if you are at least fairly sure that you will be able to use the prize if you win; - Try to post a review of the resort and/or photos onto SnowJapan after you have used the prize - it helps the resorts, it helps the many people using SnowJapan to research Japan, and it helps us. The winners: 15 people will be chosen - each to receive 2 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. We would like to thank Minamiuonuma for taking part in this Giveaway. More about Minamiuonuna: http://www.snowjapan...ts/minamiuonuma Resorts in Minamiuonuma: http://www.snowjapan...wn/minamiuonuma Please see the individual resort listings for more information. Please do take a few moments to post some comments when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Just to be very clear - we do not do ANYTHING with your email address other than use it to contact you if you win - your address is not put on any mailing lists, and your address is not shared with anyone. Thank you.
  16. Saturday 2nd February 2013 until Friday 8th February 2013 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Nozawa Onsen resort in Nagano Prefecture this season. Please read this before entering Thanks Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan Website We would like to thank the kind people at Nozawa Onsen for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  17. Saturday 2nd February 2013 until Friday 8th February 2013 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day Mt Naeba lift ticket. The ticket is valid at Naeba and Kagura resorts in Yuzawa town, Niigata Prefecture. Please read this before entering Thanks Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Mt Naeba website We would like to thank the kind people at Mt Naeba and Prince Hotels for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  18. Friday 11th January 2013 until Thursday 27th January 2013 The prizes: This week we have 30 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at Madarao Kogen this winter season. There will be 15 winners, each receiving 2 lift ticket vouchers. Please read this before entering Thanks. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least one post on the Forums - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 15 people will be chosen - each to receive 2 vouchers. Information on Madarao Kogen: http://www.snowjapan...arao-kogen.html Madarao Kogen website: http://www.madarao.jp/ski/en/ We would like to thank the kind people at Madarao Kogen for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  19. Friday 11th December 2013 until Thursday 17th January 2013 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Zao Onsen resort in Yamagata Prefecture this season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan We would like to thank the kind people at Zao Onsen for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  20. SnowJapan Giveaways 2012/2013 At the time of writing this, we have already sent out 40 lift tickets and the winners of the first three Giveaways this season on SnowJapan should have received (or soon receive) their prizes. Congratulations! We very much hope you can get to enjoy them. This season we are announcing the winners in new threads which will also act as a place Resort Reviews and Photos from the trips. Some winners may of course only visit much later on in the season, but we do ask the winners to please share your their on the resorts, write a Resort Review and upload any photos, to SnowJapan after using the ticket. As explained here, feedback from trips helps us keep the Giveaways going in the future as well as providing more good content on the Forums for other people in the future. It all helps. Anyway, you can find these threads in the Trip Reports area of the Forums: http://www.snowjapan...w-trip-reports/ Yoroshiku!
  21. Monday 10th December 2012 until Thursday 20th December 2012 The prizes: 10 eight-hour lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for an 8 hour lift ticket that is valid at the Niseko Hanazono / Niseko Grand Hirafu resorts in Hokkaido this season. Tickets coming to you courtesy of Harmony Resorts. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. Please read this before entering Thanks. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Niseko Hanazono on SnowJapan Niseko Hanazono Resort Spotlight Niseko Hanazono website Niseko Grand Hirafu on SnowJapan We would like to thank the kind people at Harmony Resorts for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  22. Saturday 11th February 2012 until Friday 17th February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Hakuba Goryu resort in Hakuba Village, Nagano Prefecture this season. (Tickets also valid at connecting resort Hakuba 47). Vouchers valid for exchange and use at the resort on any day season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register. >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan Hakuba Goryu website We would like to thank the kind people at Hakuba Goryu for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  23. Saturday 11th February 2012 until Friday 17th February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Muikamachi Hakkai-san resort in Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture this season. Vouchers valid for exchange and use at the resort on any day season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register. >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan Hakkai-san website We would like to thank the kind people at Muikamachi Hakkai-san for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  24. Friday 3rd February 2012 until Thursday 9th February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Ryuoo Ski Park resort in Yamanouchi Town, Nagano Prefecture this season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan Ryuoo Ski Park website We would like to thank the kind people at Ryuoo Ski Park for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  25. Friday 3rd February 2012 until Thursday 9th February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the GALA Yuzawa resort in Yuzawa Town, Niigata Prefecture this season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. (You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register). >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan GALA Yuzawa Website (English) We would like to thank the kind people at GALA Yuzawa for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.

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