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Old 01-25-2014, 06:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Well me and a group of mates are looking to sort out a big boarding holiday next march 2015. The two places that came up were Whistler or Japan (anywhere in Japan) we will be travelling from the UK so its going to be expensive either way, we just wanted to know pro's and cons for the both and what people experiences are with them. Its all blokes no girls so we want some decent nightlife too.

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Old 01-25-2014, 10:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Everyone will probably say whistler, but I would do Japan all day. I have never been to either, but Japan is number one on my list of places to go. Whistler snow quality and quantity does not match Japan. Whistler definitely has the edge for nightlife. It comes down to what you want to get out of the experience
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Japan. I've been to neither but if I could go now I wouldnt hesitate a second and would go to japan
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Japan will probably have better snow but the mountains here in canada are pretty massive. We also speak English so there is that too.
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I've been to both and each have their pros and cons. I was in Whistler for most of February 2013 and Japan for 3 weeks in January 2013.

Whistler is a great place to go if you want to board an enormous mountain (seriously, I was there for almost a month and definitely didn't see all of it) then party at night. The village is really fun and there are plenty of good pubs and places to eat.

We stayed over at Blackcomb and rented an apartment while we were there for a pretty good price. It was only a 100m walk to strap in and ride down to the Wizard (I think that's what it was) and off you go. Really convenient and cheap if you've got a crew to split costs.

The mountain's got a lot of varied terrain and excellent parks if you're a park rat. The snow was pretty piss poor when we were there, we only had a couple of big pow days but it was fun all the same.

For me though, the biggest downer of Whistler is that it's really fucking busy. I get the shits with lift lines and it was very rare that we'd wait less than 10 mins in line except to get on the gondy from the base of the hill.

Japan is quite different in a lot of ways. You're guaranteed to have some epic epic pow days. March would be a good time, Feb would be even better. The snow's just so fucking nice.

We were in Niseko, it's a great mountain also and you can access some pretty amazing side country through the gates. It's pretty damn big too, you can get some really long runs in if you want to go top to bottom and on a pow day you'll be smiling ear to ear the whole way down.

The people in Japan are without a doubt some of the friendliest you'll meet. I fucking love those guys. I had so many drunken nights where we ended up smashing saké with Japanese guys who spoke zero english while we spoke zero Japanese. Fucking brilliant times.

Japan does get a little mobbed by Aussies (I'm one myself), particularly Niseko. But if you're from the UK your likely used to seeing plenty of Australians and kicking yourselves for exporting all the hot women and keeping the pasty ones. It's not too bad but there are times when even I hang my head in shame at the behaviour of the 18-25ish year old crowd.

Errr what else... the food on the mountain in Japan is the shit. In fact, the food everywhere is the shit. Beers are pretty cheap and there's a bunch of good spots in Niseko to grab a feed and a drink.

Both Whistler and Japan seem to be on par in terms of cost so I wouldn't consider that a game changer.

That's about all I can think about man. If I were to go on another trip to Japan (I should be saying "when I go") and I had the missus with me I'd like to try out Nozawa Onsen but for a boy's trip I think I'd hit Rusutsu.

ETM is the guy in the know about Japan. He's driving a van around the joint making a general prick of himself now.

I don't think you can go wrong with either spot. I would head to Japan though, it's just a different experience to going boarding anywhere else. Particularly if it dumps. That's a special thing.

Enjoy dude.
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Go to canada
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Revelstoke or Nelson area in Central/Eastern BC....

Japan is on my bucket list but so where the above, I went to them and they were great places. We were there in April, March would have been better.
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I've been to both and each have their pros and cons. I was in Whistler for most of February 2013 and Japan for 3 weeks in January 2013.

Whistler is a great place to go if you want to board an enormous mountain (seriously, I was there for almost a month and definitely didn't see all of it) then party at night. The village is really fun and there are plenty of good pubs and places to eat.

We stayed over at Blackcomb and rented an apartment while we were there for a pretty good price. It was only a 100m walk to strap in and ride down to the Wizard (I think that's what it was) and off you go. Really convenient and cheap if you've got a crew to split costs.

The mountain's got a lot of varied terrain and excellent parks if you're a park rat. The snow was pretty piss poor when we were there, we only had a couple of big pow days but it was fun all the same.

For me though, the biggest downer of Whistler is that it's really fucking busy. I get the shits with lift lines and it was very rare that we'd wait less than 10 mins in line except to get on the gondy from the base of the hill.

Japan is quite different in a lot of ways. You're guaranteed to have some epic epic pow days. March would be a good time, Feb would be even better. The snow's just so fucking nice.

We were in Niseko, it's a great mountain also and you can access some pretty amazing side country through the gates. It's pretty damn big too, you can get some really long runs in if you want to go top to bottom and on a pow day you'll be smiling ear to ear the whole way down.

The people in Japan are without a doubt some of the friendliest you'll meet. I fucking love those guys. I had so many drunken nights where we ended up smashing saké with Japanese guys who spoke zero english while we spoke zero Japanese. Fucking brilliant times.

Japan does get a little mobbed by Aussies (I'm one myself), particularly Niseko. But if you're from the UK your likely used to seeing plenty of Australians and kicking yourselves for exporting all the hot women and keeping the pasty ones. It's not too bad but there are times when even I hang my head in shame at the behaviour of the 18-25ish year old crowd.

Errr what else... the food on the mountain in Japan is the shit. In fact, the food everywhere is the shit. Beers are pretty cheap and there's a bunch of good spots in Niseko to grab a feed and a drink.

Both Whistler and Japan seem to be on par in terms of cost so I wouldn't consider that a game changer.

That's about all I can think about man. If I were to go on another trip to Japan (I should be saying "when I go") and I had the missus with me I'd like to try out Nozawa Onsen but for a boy's trip I think I'd hit Rusutsu.

ETM is the guy in the know about Japan. He's driving a van around the joint making a general prick of himself now.

I don't think you can go wrong with either spot. I would head to Japan though, it's just a different experience to going boarding anywhere else. Particularly if it dumps. That's a special thing.

Enjoy dude.
I would echo a lot of this but add one thing to it - if the snow is shit in Whistler there's still plenty to. There's a lot of snow making, parks are well maintained, there's a HUGE amount of terrain and run plenty to explore even if it's not at it's best and you miss out on the better stuff. Like now.. If the snow is shit in Japan it's shit. The mountains are neither big nor massive so it's the snow you are going for (because it's the best in the world bar none) so if there's none of that...

On the other hand, even if the snow is shit, you're in Japan. Different culture, different life, cool people and something much more different to your norm than Whistler. And much more raw.

Don't mean to be negative, just thinking worst case scenario. Because I was unlucky enough to land in to Japan a week after rain had washed away most of the snow and turned the rest to crud and mush.
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Japan has a short aggressive snowfall period, jan and feb. If you go in jan or feb you will get epic snow, anything after feb is the toss of a coin.
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