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  1. This report is a little late but I've been busy boarding and now only starting to get through the backlog of trip reports. Hakuba 27-29 December 2012 27th December 2012 Resort: Hakuba Goryu and 47 Snow condition: Compacted snow on groomed runs. About 20cm or more of powder on the sides of the groomed runs. The overall snow condition was very nice. The temperature was very low which kept the snow light and fresh. Weather: As I said the temperature was very low. On the drive up I saw a -12 on one of the signs on the side of the road so up the top of the mountain it was ver
  2. I visited Madarao Kogen for the first time in awhile last weekend. The snow conditions were good. The website has a good coupon for a full day all-mountain (Madarao + Tangram) plus lunch. This coupon was nice, since most of the area I enjoy is on the Tangram side. As a boarder, I noticed how I was outnumbered by skiiers. Still, the resort was much less crowded (for a Saturday) than places like Happone and Nozawa. There are a few key runs - with hardly any people on them - that made it worth it. One is powder wave (kind of on the border of the two mountains, you need to use a Madarao
  3. Looking into catching a daytime bus from kyoto to nagano but can't find any details on English websites. Anyone know if this possible or would someone do a search for me on the Japanese websites. Much appreciated. Cheers.
  4. So the JTB multi resort pass is available to buy now. It seems to have 2 extra resorts added from last season. Last season I bought this pass and continued using it at Tsugaike and Kashimayari well into April, maybe even until May. It is a great pass for sure and I am 90% sure I will get it again this season. On the JTB website, it seems to say that the pass can only be used until March 31st. Does this mean that the pass expires earlier than it did last season? I called the JTB staff and asked them about this (in my limited Japanese), and the old guy on the line seemed to think that it
  5. So I made it to Hakuba on one of those stunning blue sky days. Here's a bit of words and all the photos from my two days there this week: Hakuba Goryu & Hakuba 47 http://www.snowjapan...-february-2012/ Happo-one http://www.snowjapan...-february-2012/ I though I would write down my thoughts on Hakuba in general, and inevitably I will be comparing things to the region where I live - Minamiuonuma in Niigata-ken. I was happy to arrive in Hakuba and see those blue skies. And as always, that first view of those mountains is always exciting. The mountain backdrop that Haku
  6. First part of this trip report from Hakuba Goryu & Hakuba 47 here: http://www.snowjapan...-february-2012/ For the afternoon, I moved over to Happo-one. Words will just spoil it, so here's photos I took there. Look out for really tiny people in some of them. I'll post some general thoughts tomorrow.
  7. Recently I have been working on days I normally wouldn’t work, just so that I can be sure to be in a position to make the most of clear and sunny days and go skiing then. Monday 20th was looking like it would be an almost guaranteed fine clear day over in Hakuba – with clear skies forecast for the night before and after - so I asked my boss (me) and luckily he said it was ok. So Hakuba it was. Dreams were about to come true! It takes just under three hours to get there from where I live (curiously, more like two and a half coming back – probably because when I got it is very early morni
  8. This goes to show you don't have to go down the hill from Shiga Kogen to see the snowmonkeys When the sun is out they like to join their slightly more upright brethren in town. This shot from my hotel room at Ichinose. The critters are sitting on the balcony overlooking the main pedestrian thoroughfare checking out the humans checking them out. http://youtu.be/y6Mba9NZz7k
  9. My pops is coming to stay with me for a couple of weeks from the middle of March. He is keen to get out to ski for a couple of days, but doesn't want to haul his skis and poles over here. He will bring his boots only. Does anyone in the Nagano/Hakuba area have some spare skis they can lend, give, rent or sell me? I guess he needs something in the 170cm range and some poles. Ideally, skis that don't need to be waxed or edged would be best. He only skies on groomers, so any regular skis would be fine. Please let me know if you have some spare skis knocking around and can let me borro
  10. Finally got round to adding a few pics from are skiing last Saturday. After contemplating where to go due to the doggy weather, we decide to opt for a very high resort fairy close to home. The base is at 1500 metres above sea level, so knew it would be snowing there for sure. Anyway no report, as I did one on this last year, just simply sharing a few pics mostly from the 5km cross country course we went on as well as the ski slopes. Along the way on the 5 km cross country course A snowy crossing A frozen lake on the way Only 3 km left to go A snowy stream
  11. 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 re
  12. 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
  13. Well after having my first day of the season on Boxing day with my daughter and expecting to be rather achy the next day, we decided to stick to a small resort not to far away. As I had been to some of the Shirakabako resorts before, I thought we would try a different one, especially as with a discount ticket it cost just 2700 yen for a day ticket and my daughter was free! Anyway Shirakabako is part of the Shirakabako resort chain in Chino part of Nagano, not that far from Suwa really and it is only a small resort. Basically 2 beginner courses, two intermediate courses and supposedly
  14. Thursday 23rd December 2011 until Thursday 29th December 2011 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Sugadaira resort in 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 -
  15. Just a question for those that have better than a primary school japanese grasp. There are 5 of us going from Tokyo to Nagano. Just wondering if there was a cheap way to buy 5 tickets? I read somewhere you could get a book of 6 tickets called Kaisuuken or something. Are these available for the Nagano shinkansen? How much do they cost? Where do we get them from? Does anyone else have other ticket sets or something they've found that works? I think with the amount of people heading to Hakuba, Shiga Kogen, Nozawa O and other places, I would have thought this would be a FAQ.
  16. Just a few picks from our trip in 2009. Nozawa truly has a mellow village atmosphere and friendly vibe. From the narrrow cobbled streets to old ladies cooking in the hotsprings as they heve been doing for hundreds of years, this place is somewhere that should definitely go on your 'bucket list' Oh, it snows a bit here as well
  17. Not a lot of action pics as I was videoing mainly but these pics will give an idea of the extent and layout for those who have not been yet. Click on pics to enlarge.
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