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Old 01-02-2013, 06:18 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Very interested. My buddy rolls his eyes every time I mention Japan
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Old 01-02-2013, 07:38 PM   #12 (permalink)
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I'll second that the food is excellent (specially if you have local knowledge).

@NYTSNOW its definitely possible we could do a collaboration. I will talk with the guys, its quite likely they have a buddy who is offering BC tours in Hokkaido.
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Old 01-09-2013, 07:41 PM   #13 (permalink)
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is your nozawa sidecountry tour legal?
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Old 01-10-2013, 08:32 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Yes its legal. Its not going to be a rope ducking tour.

Really this time around we will be hitting mostly the ungroomed pistes and allowed grey areas. I will just be showing people the best spots and lines around the mountain.

The big bonus is that everyone will get some pointers on how to improve from Tomohiro the former pro coach and grade A instructor (Japanese system).

Judging from your posts you would probably get more out of a higher level clinic, but it could be a fun weekend for you all the same.

In general the ski patrol is very open at Nozawa and they try to let people take advantage of as much of the mountain as possible.

As I said this particular tour is going to be pretty mellow.

In the future we plan to do more challenging tours in the same area, there are lots of great runs. I need to get much more training, equipment and experience before we do those.

I do however hit a lot of the deeper sidecountry riding with friends. Only when the avalanche risks are very low.

By the way supra all this week (until the 22nd) Never Summer are doing demos at Nozawa. Sadly I will be heading up the day after on the 23rd.

They will be in Hakuba (Hakuba 47 & Goryu) from the 7th to the 14th of March.
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Cool. It sounds like a good tour. Good luck with it!

some Hakuba action from the new year's holiday:
http://www.snowboardingforum.com/pho...-pow-edit.html
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Old 01-11-2013, 03:35 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Nice little run,

Plenty of stuff like that available "legally" at Nozawa have you ridden there?

Will be hitting stuff like that with the more advanced group on the 26th 27th.
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There was no out-of-bounds in that vid. Have never ridden at nozawa but its on the to do list
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:59 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Let me know when you might come over, if the timing clicks we can do a few laps.
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Old 01-12-2013, 08:53 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I have a trip booked to Niseko again this year (March) but next year would love to try somehwere else. The hubby and I are into the snowboarding but equally into the food and relax aspects. Your business idea sounds like it would appeal to the time-poor set, if you could offer the full package - ie arrange airport transfers, accomodation, show the best places on the mountain and some technique improvements. We are expats living close to Japan (on a formerly Japanese island) and did consider branching away from Niseko this year but decided in the end due to our lack of language skills and tight schedule that we'd stick with the known area.

By the way, do you have any good contacts or recommendations for some instructor/guides in Niseko? We're considering taking a private guide for some good off-piste without ending up having to walk out of gullies etc.
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Curious for deets. i doubt id be doing the tour if its just what i think it is. But would be interested in finding some of the lesser known nozawa lines.
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