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polinawer posted a topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryHi Reading info about skiing in Japan in another phorum I've come accross to one topic from 2013 where it says that Kurodake typically closes during the season between early January and Febraury because of the amount of snow and the lack of costumers. Is that right? What about this upcoming season? I'll be in Hokkaido in January making a ski trip and planning to spend half of it in Asakihawa. If Kurodake is not an option, then it's only left Kamui and Asahidake on the agenda. Is it stil worth it? or should I change the plans and look for something else? Thanks in advance.
andylaurel posted a topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountrySo despite a forecast for rain today, I decided to take my chances and head up for Kurodake's first day this year. They held an opening ceremony at about 10 am, and stopped the lift (note; non pluralized to indicate there is only one) to ensure that EVERYONE was there to watch. After riding the ropeway to the top, it was snowing and conditions were generally quite good. There was about 30 cm of pow but the 2 pistes were groomed so you had to chance it through the mountain bamboo. Good points: It was open, it's an hour from where I live, parking is free. Bad points: There is one pairs chairlift servicing 2 pistes total. Total length of maybe just over a km. The pistes are very straight, and not very steep. The ramen at the restaurant was average at best. It cost 3700 yen for an all day pass, but I lost interest by 1pm. Sketchy drive out there. I won't be going back to Kurodake unless NOTHING else is open. I should've gone to Furano today. Limited photos as it was snowing up top and I didn't want to get my camera wet. New board has been ordered, but I still love my DH2 Slippery driving conditions! I put my camera away at this point, because it was a nuisance.
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