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Kansaiash posted a topic in Snow talk, trip reports, Japan avalanche & backcountryWow!! Gifu's got the goods 3rd January 2013 Resort: Dynaland & Takasu Snow Park Snow condition: Powder and lots of it. About 50cm on the ungroomed runs, even more in some of the off piste areas that hadn’t been hit the day before. Weather: The visibility wasn’t the best, that was partly because of my failing goggles I haven’t replaced yet. It was overcast all day with snow showers from time to time but the cloud level was above the mountain so that helped with the visibility. The day: We left Kyoto for Gifu at around 3 am and it was a good run up until just after Gifu city when the snow started and the traffic slowed. At this time we were slightly concerned by the number of people that were heading up to the area with skis/boards on their cars. It turned out to be a super busy day on the slopes but a majority of the people were beginners. The main slopes in Takasu and Dynaland were extremely busy with big groups of boarders. At one point the main Takasu groomed run was about 5 boarders wide and its not an overly wide run to start with. Even if it wasn’t a powder day I think I still would have been heading in to the trees to avoid the crowds. We started the day by hitting up the ungroomed runs at the top of Dynaland until it was pretty tracked out then we headed over to Takasu for some of the lovely off piste action it has to offer and finished the day off back at Dynaland seeking out what ever powder stashes that were remaining. This was probably the best snow I have experienced so far this year the only problem was digging myself out whenever I fell over. I'm heading back to Dynaland at least 2 more times this year so if its half as good as it was on January 3rd I'll be a very happy boarder.
Trip Report for March 13 2012 - Dynaland & Takasu Snow Park I was originally worried about when I would get to use my Dynaland pass as the weather had been warming up and I had a lot of other trips planned for mid February through to early March. I had been watching the weather and when it looked like there would be some cooler weather and possible snow from 3/10 I started to plan a trip and look for other snow junkies that could take a week day off work. When I saw the 6 day forecast i thought Wednesday would be the best conditions as it was snowing from Sunday through to Tuesday but had organised a date for white day so decided to go on the Tuesday instead. It was fortunate I chose the date over snowboarding because Tuesday turned out to be near perfect conditions and Wednesday would have been crusty and tracked out. My boarding buddy for the day was a beginner, this day being only his third time on the snow. The conditions and skijos were perfect for him. He could enjoy soft snow to fall on, wide groomed runs and very few people to run into. If we had gone on the weekend I'm sure it would have been a different story, we didn't have to wait more than one minute for a lift all day. The day was so enjoyable that by the end my mate decided that he will invest in some gear before next season. The Parks Dynaland is connected at the top to Takasu Snow Park and the lift pass coves both parks. We spent the morning in Dynaland, trying to track out any tree runs and stashes of fresh snow I could find. After lunch we headed over to Takasu Snow Park. This was the second time for me at both these parks but I am still relatively new to boarding and this was the first time I noticed all the off piste potential Takasu Snow Park has to offer. From the top there were plenty of options for different tree runs. The one that I was playing in went from the top down skier's left to a lift around the middle of the mountain crossing a groomed run twice. This was really convenient as my mate could practice his turns on the groomer and I could hit the tree runs. By about 3:30 my legs were completely wrecked and clearly i need more training before next season. We decided to head back to Dynaland for a few last runs but the fresh snow (or what was left of it) had started to get crusty and the wind had made the groomed runs quite icy, so we made the decision to call it a day and head home. Overall this was a great trip and one of my favourite days boarding this season. I will be heading back to Dynaland and Takasu Snow Park again next year. Especially after a big dump of snow. Also a big thanks go out to SnowJapan and Dynaland for the lift passes. If it had not been for them I probably wouldn't have gone back to these parks again these parks again this season.
Friday 27th January 2012 until Thursday 2nd February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a 1-day lift ticket valid at the Dynaland / Takasu Snow Park resort in Gifu this season. Tickets courtesy of Dynaland. 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 voucher - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. SnowJapan on SnowJapan Dynaland website We would like to thank the kind people at Dynaland 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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