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post #71 of 121 (permalink) Old 03-08-2012, 04:45 AM
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I will be landing in tokyo around the 4th jan, doing some southern mountains, then up to hakkoda, then up to hokkaido for the start of feb. But will confirm dates later on in a dedicated thread.
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Since I have a season pass I will probably just hit Nozawa until I can't be bothered anymore.

In years past the last decent snow has usually been end of March or early April. If I wanted to I can board on slush until May, but since I not much of a park guy I tend to close out my season early April.

With a bit of luck that might mean 3 more trips.

Hey Onji,

where is the coldest place in Hokkaido that stays open into April?

Do you still get some snow up there till then?
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yamagata

Just got dumped on yesterday in Western Gunma. So much fresh snow, up to my knee on the groomed run, I don't know a better way to measure it than that. I hope that storm moves in all y'all direction.

In the mean-time, I need some of your collective wisdom about Yamagata... I'll be going there March 17-20th. I've heard from various people that Zao Onsen is the place to be, and also home to some amazing scenery (see "snow-monsters"), but there is no shortage of skijo nearby.

Here's a list of the all the resorts:
Yamagata Ski Resorts - Snow Japan - Ski and snowboard resorts in Yamagata

Has anyone here had any experience in Yamagata snow? Let me know!
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I haven't been there myself but I've heard plenty of good things about Zao Onsen. The guy that runs Tokyo Snow Club regularly does tours up there.
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Thanks Onji,

I checked out the pictures from the Tokyo Snow site and Zao Onsen looks great. I've decided to hit Zao Raiza as well. I will take some snapshots and try to post a review later.
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I have also heard good things about Zao.

Just got back from 3 days in Nozawa. Met up with Raid and had a nice day on 30cm of fresh fluffy pow. Poor visibility but we had a mellow day cruising through glades and tree runs.

Second day brought 30cm of fresh and better visibility.

Spent the third day cruising through untouched pow left from the previous day in my secret stashes.

Seems like we should get at least one or two more dumps this season.

Never summer did a demo day on Sunday in Nozawa. I arrived on Monday, but Raid got to ride 3 or 4 boards and they will be selling here next year it seems. The cobra will be 80000 Yen or so.
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Where would you fly into to go to Hokkaido ? Never mind. Found it, it's fn expensive to fly there

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Raid got to ride 3 or 4 boards and they will be selling here next year it seems. The cobra will be 80000 Yen or so.
Which means about $450 USD plus shipping

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Usually a plane to Tokyo (Narita Airport) then transfer to Sapporo (Chitose Airport). Honestly I would hit Hokkaido until next season. I'm sure we'll have a few more dumps here and there, but nothing guaranteed until next winter....

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I have an old pair of Burton Moto boots size 11 (29). Have a few scratches but are still perfectly functional and all the tightening strings are intact.

They don't smell at all either.

Rather than throw them away or have them lying around it would be better if someone can use them.

Anyone wants them I will send them to you. Chakubarai or pay on delivery. Probably about 1000Yen.
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Moving back to Japan: indoor tramp training? etc...

Hey there,

I know this thread hasn't been active for a little while but thought I would send a shout-out anyway:

I am an ex-JET, spent 2 years in Kagoshima, 3 in Tokyo, but have been overseas for the last few years. I am moving back to Japan this August and would love to find some people to ride with.

I've been sitting on the couch with a broken leg for the past two months and am already looking forward to next season in Japan - can't wait!

Also: does anyone know of an indoor-trampoline place that has tramp-boards to practice grabs spins and all that sort of stuff? In Tokyo or Yokohama?

Last time I lived in Tokyo I would head out on the Shinkansen every weekend to a new resort - fun times!
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