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  1. smitty484

    Europe 2018 thread.

    Living in London now so will go for a few long weekends over winter and then maybe something longer for some spring guided BC.
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    The big Hakuba thread 2017/2018 - trip planning, trip reports, general musings about fried chicken

    Let's be frank. Dec 2015 was shit in Nagano/Niigata and that whole season was very below average. Also last December sucked too, thankfully the season kicked off from around the second week of jan and didn't stop snowing.
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    First trip - a few questions

    Lol pls, youre the one mooing
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    Snowboard backcountry powder tours, advice needed.

    When you leave a resort boundary with a guide your life is now in their hands. Personally i'd make sure they were appropriately qualified and experienced with the area. One wrong turn, one avalanche and you're dead.
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    Cyclone Cyclone season 2016/17

    Yeah that's it - but usual media sensationalism to start calling it a cyclone before it has been officially named.
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    Cyclone Cyclone season 2016/17

    This thing looks massive (both size and intensity). Bom haven't named it yet, but appears some media have.
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    Niseko avalanche

    Or proper travel insurance
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    Man Missing at Happo One

    Per smackies, they will approve pre existing conditions
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    Man Missing at Happo One

    Or just go bupa + Austrian alpine club
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    Man Missing at Happo One

    Bupa + Austrian Alpine Club
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    Man Missing at Happo One

    It's still available though. Comes down to proper research and preparedness which unfortunately most people don't do.
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    Japan 2017 thread

    Cortina is the most fun in bounds in Hakuba on a fresh snow day though.
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    Japan Grand Plan 2018

    Sounds like a lot of travelling with little ones in tow and a wife that isn't super keen on it. If it was me I would stay in Hakuba (maybe even Goryu) and hire a car for the month. You can always pop to some other places for a day or two if you really want.
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    Japan 2017 thread

    From an inbounds resort perspective it's not there compared to Canada/USA etc
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    Japan Japanese snow season 2016-17

    Man this next week looks good for Honshu
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    Japan 2017 thread

    Cortina fb says they opened
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    Japan 2017 thread

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    Quick Jaunt to Hakuba Valley 05-09 Feb 2017

    I find snowforecast to be a useful snap shot of gfs for Honshu. Sure precipitation is not accurately predicted but it provides a good indication of wind direction, wind speed and freezing level.