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Old 10-11-2011, 06:12 AM   #11 (permalink)
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I have spent a couple of weeks in Niseko and Furano, both in Hokkaido over the past few years and have LOVED every minute of it and will be staying the season in Niseko this year. The amount of snow can go on the absurd some days! Although you have to watch, some resorts can have weird rules regarding off piste riding, so make sure you pay attention to ski patrol signs, as you can land in hot water if you break them. Niseko generally has pretty relaxed rules and has some awesome terrain to experience.

As for the traditional Japanese experience, you arent going to get too much of it up in Hokkaido as it is a pretty new area and a lot of westerners head there, so they have started to cater for that. Although if you have never been to Japan before it will seem pretty weird at first where ever you go. Regarding accommodation in Niseko or anywhere on the mountains look up google for 'pensions', they are bed and breakfast places and are usually pretty cheap and have a nice friendly atmosphere.

I could go on for pages about these places, but if you have any specific questions about Niseko or areas around there put them up here and i will try to help out
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:32 AM   #12 (permalink)
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thanks for that guys. sorry dreampow my internet is to slow to watch vids will do when i can but , yes ive been researching so much on accomodation, and have found a few places for 75-80 australian dollars p.p per night in quad room, and they are in the town in the resort of niseko. so that seems like an awesome deal. dream pow that was another question we dont know any locals but we want to explore the back country of japan safely, any tips?, heard some pretty scary stories of avalanches putting guys 5 meters under :/, dieing within 30 min of being buried :/, and then not being found until spring melts the snow :/. hahaha sounds pretty safe.
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Old 10-12-2011, 10:24 PM   #13 (permalink)
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That accommodation sounds good. As for back country I am no expert. I ride mostly off piste around the resorts rather than full on BC. Hope to get more into it this year. There are some good threads and lots of good info on back country safety and gear on this forum. If you plan to do full on BC you will need to hire a proper guide and kit.
If you are just wanting to go around the resort into the ungroomed areas you will need to find someone who knows the place (a local).
You can get into an avalanche right next to the pistes if you are not careful.

One of the main things to follow is the weather. I mostly board at Nozawa and their is a little board shop there in the village. The dude in there knows all the routes and the weather over the last few weeks as well as the daily avalanche warnings. I always check with him and a small local board shop is often a great source of info, they probably speak some English near Niseko.
There are also many other common sense rules that you can learn on this forum to greatly reduce your chances of getting into an avalanche.
I find using my head and being cautious the best. Understanding a little about terrain and the likelihood of avalanches on different terrain is crucial as well as the recent weather.
This year I also plan to take a proper avalanche course and get some proper kit for the BC.

The pow is wonderful when you are on top of it, unlike sex its much less fun when you flip that the other way.
Like really not fun as in dead.

I have always avoided the off piste when there is a real possibility of avalanche due to weather. Until now I have always been of piste in ideal weather conditions which we get a lot here in Japan (that means knowing whats happened for the previous weeks weather). People fly in from somewhere see powder and jump in. Not smart.
If its been very warm or wet a few days before that is asking for trouble.

Do some studying and play safe. If you get the right conditions it will be fantastic.
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Old 10-13-2011, 12:57 AM   #14 (permalink)
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ok thanks for all of that, yea we will be hiring all our bc gear, and asking locals as much as possible, rather not die yet. and i dont mind when shes on top hahahahha less work :P
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you'll be sweet with a guide. They do cat tours around Niseko too. They have guides provide lunch and its pretty reasonable.
Again I would recommend finding a local, even an Aussie who has been working out there a while to find the best cat trips.
The place you are staying will be full of info too.

What I said was powder is great when you are on top of it, but not when its on top of you. Thats not like (unlike) sex because its great when you are on top and when she is.

God knows why I am explaining this.

Have you been to NZ?

Must be close for you in Oz and I hear its sweet. I plan to head down there one summer here for the pow.
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If your interested in some decent tours around Niseko check out Welcome to Powder Detours - powder trips around Hokkaido, JapanPowder Detours | Where the snow is - people who run this have ALOT of knowledge of the area, you won't be disappointed with a tour from them!
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If your interested in some decent tours around Niseko check out Welcome to Powder Detours - powder trips around Hokkaido, JapanPowder Detours | Where the snow is - people who run this have ALOT of knowledge of the area, you won't be disappointed with a tour from them!
They look good. If you don't mind paying a little more and by the looks of it being with mostly foreigners.
I genuinely think they look very good, but if you are on a budget or just want to do shorter 1 day outings I think there is much better value to be had.

Again I would just go with the flow and once there a chat with any local shredders or small board shop will hook you up.

This link could be perfect, but Dek already said they are on a budget.

Anyone else looking at Niseko with more cash to spare this looks very nice and their site has good info about resorts in Hokkaido.
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Hi Guys,

I am heading to Japan this Christmas so my partner can see her family and I am planning on catching some time out around Tokyo or Kyoto on the mountains. I am only at a beginner level but would love to find any english speaking people who might be keen to join me for a couple of days just before christmas or perhaps even for a couple of days after christmas (leave on the 5th of January and my partner is not an avid snowboarder or skier). Will go to Japan around this time every year and would love to have a couple of people who I might be able to join on the snow. Anyone interested please shoot me a PM.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:09 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Your best option will be Nagano. From Tokyo you can ride the bullet train 1 and a half hours to Nagano.
Then a little more to Hakuba (tsuga ike) is very good for beginners.
I won't be there but maybe some others will?

Kyoto is beautiful but its south of Tokyo so the snow is no good here. Nagano is the closest best snow if you are in Tokyo.

Enjoy.
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Ive been to Hakuba a couple of times and have a good pension I use in town. I was looking at going back again this year but I generally went with some friends while this year its just me and my Partner (who is Japanese). I am really just looking to see if anyone generally goes snowboarding between the the middle of December and the middle of January as I commonly go snowboarding each year during that time and would like to have a couple of english speakers I could join.

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