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Gassan was mentioned a few weeks ago when discussing Man_in_Japan’s return to the slopes, more in jest I suspect, but it actually got me thinking about making a trip there this season year. I hesitate to say season because Gassan opens after most other Japanese resorts have closed! In fact, looking at their website, it's due to open within the next week.

 

http://www.gassankanko.jp/

 

Here are some links to a little bit of blurb I’ve just blogged, plus a couple of previous posts (and photos) from ILoveZao and finally, the SJ resort reviews, though they're fairly mixed.

 

http://www.snowjapan...ng-on-the-moon/

 

http://www.snowjapan...__fromsearch__1

 

http://www.snowjapan...__fromsearch__1

 

http://www.snowjapan...ecture=Yamagata

 

I guess Gassan is one of those places to go to for the experience rather than the quality of the skiing/riding but, if a few of us went, it could also be a bit of a laugh. I haven’t thought through the logistics yet but being a fair way up northern Honshu, it’s no doubt going to involve a shinkansen or a car share/rental and/or an overnight stay but, as it’s only just April, I reckon there’s enough time to work things out.

 

So, just to gauge interest and without any commitment whatsover, would anyone be interested in going up there one weekend in, say May, after the crazily-busy, crazy-to-travel-in Golden Week, or even June??

 

In those immortal words, let’s Gala Goryu Granview Gassan! :groovy: C'mon, you know you want to! :D

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I guess Gassan is one of those places to go to for the experience rather than the quality of the skiing/riding

 

Seems that way, but I like the idea. Especially when things get hot and sticky.

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I definitely want to get there one day.

Somehow, it always seems to end up being one of those well maybe next year places.

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But as you said above, it's "more for the fun of the adventure"! ;)

 

I think it's opening today!!! :clap:

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Yeah, fair point. I guess both "I Spy With My Little Eye" and the number plate game would get a little tiresome after 300km!!!

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Im doing this. Dont think im not. :p This is happening some time in June. Who's in? (as late as possible though since its gonna be a one off and so it makes the gap to next season that little but more manageable).

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Im doing this. Dont think im not. :p This is happening some time in June. Who's in? (as late as possible though since its gonna be a one off and so it makes the gap to next season that little but more manageable).

 

Well seeing as though this is my post, you'd better count me in! ;)

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Well maybe, if I can sell enough of your poster-sized resort photos on eBay!! :D

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Wish I were closer.

 

Must be great being able to get out skiing on a day where it's generally mad hot.

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so wheres the nearest train station, is there a bus up to teh resort from it or is it a taxi mission? Whats the nearest town... lets get those logistics down! Are you only realistically able to ride this place if you have your own wheels? or can you public trasport most of the way on friday and then stay in some nice town overnight before getting there nice and easy on teh saturday...

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looks like there is a camp site nearby, could actually be a good weekend trip, if someone had a car. Drive up friday night, camp, ride saturday, camp and BBQ and come home sunday

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It wouldn't be too bad to rent a car either, if you got a crew together. Would love to get some turns in, will have to wait till September when I am in NZ though.

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so wheres the nearest train station, is there a bus up to teh resort from it or is it a taxi mission? Whats the nearest town... lets get those logistics down! Are you only realistically able to ride this place if you have your own wheels? or can you public trasport most of the way on friday and then stay in some nice town overnight before getting there nice and easy on teh saturday...

 

Well if I was flying solo, I was thinking about taking the (Friday) night bus from Tokyo to Yamagata city (costs about 5K) then the Saturday morning (1 hour) bus from Yamagata station to the resort, riding there for the day and then staying in Yamagata on Sat night. Then depending on the state of the weather, my aching limbs and hangover, either go back for more action on Sun or have a lazy, sightseeing day in Yamagata (or even head over to Sendai), then get the night bus back to Tokyo or an earlier bus back home so I don't have to go straight to work on the Monday morning!

 

looks like there is a camp site nearby, could actually be a good weekend trip, if someone had a car. Drive up friday night, camp, ride saturday, camp and BBQ and come home sunday

 

If there were a few of us, this would be a laugh!! :cheers:

 

& we could stop off at Mt Granview to check up on the construction work! :thumbsup:

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