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Trip Report 2016 miniSIC Myoko / Niseko

Discussion in 'Japan' started by sara777, Feb 14, 2016.

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  1. gareth_oau

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    ah so they were lining up at coffee shops?
     
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    Sending a hug! Take care :froth:
     
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    Similar reason to why we had queues. Much of the resort was closed due to extreme avalanche risk hence lifts that were open were subject to larger than normal crowds.
     
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    I guess some resorts are lucky enough to never have the problem of long queues due to most lifts being on hold as a result of high avalanche risk.
     
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    and flat ones completely eliminate avalanche risk - good planning there eh ;)
     
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    If you say so.
     
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    Sweet pleasure only experience you will.
     
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    ROFL
    No it was taken BEFORE they opened. We were early birds. Like today at the Gondie. Walked up the hill from the welcome centre - waved at the groomer and carved up his handiwork before joining the small queue waiting for it to open up.


    (LOL, just realised I quoted the wrong post of Gareth's!! Was supposed to be the one about lift queues)
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    So today was awesome - my best day yet. Yesterday's powder was unparralelled, but being guided and educated by my good mate Pete from HME meant today was full of education and fun times! I'm never disappointed when I go out with Pete (maybe in my own ability...LOL)

    We started off with the big walk up hill to the Welcome Centre to climb the stairs, hike the hill and meet Pete at the Gondie to get an extra beacon and couple of packs for YK and Ozgirl. Why on earth they start the bus running at the same time as the lifts open is beyond me!!!

    First run through gate 5 down to Hana3 saw us educated about cutting cornices, dropping cornices safely and slab layers (see earlier photo) - some turns were a dream and some were heavy when we hit the slab layer.





    The queue for the top King lift to access the peak was insane - plenty of low hanging fruit people!!! No need to spend hours in a queue just to get off and hike! So we rode the trees working our way over to the King triple hooded, then took the Ace 4 and ran some untouched trees down to the Hilton at Niseko Village. That's where we lost Ozgirl. She took her flu and caught the bus home to a warm bath.

    Then it was just the 'boys' - Pete, YK and LMB LOL :thumbs:
    Straight out gate 1 for freshies for days!! Sooooo awesome.
    We got an education on glide cracks, which is something I definitely want to avoid!


    Then in for lunch to give YKs shins a rest - ski boots ARE as bad as I thought ;) Well at least when skiing powder...

    After an awesome lunch, Biru for the lads and mulled wine for me we worked our way back to Hirafu finding fresh tracks pretty much all the way down - whooping it up all the way, even YK told his screaming shins to shut up and went for one more.

    One more was Rob Roy - which was just a delight! We went to have a look at the waterfall and had a chat about terrain traps while my calves stopped burning from traversing the face.


    Visibility was in extremes - a few games of Marco Polo required when it was totally socked in, to bluebird!

    We left YK at this stage and it was just me and Pete - upper lifts had closed so we ran the King hooded on repeat a few times STILL finding outstanding lines of untracked through the trees.

    A magic day for the last day of the Ski.com trip. I drop YK, Ozgirl and Kimski at the welcome centre for thier bus out in the morning.

    It's been a total blast!!!
    A few more days here for me, I'll get a few runs in, but mostly gotta sort stuff out here and spend time with my non skiing friend :thumbs:

    Thanks @Ian D and @Richard for bringing us together :love::cheers:
     
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    Sooo glad you guys had a great day! Sucked to miss it but knowing you guys had fun helps in some ways!

    It's has been an amazingly trip!

    Thanks for LMB from being a great driver in Myoko to her fabulous hospitality here in Niseko!!!

    Love you to the moon and back and can't wait to do more turns with you in the not too distant future!!!!
     
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    This! I've met and made great new friends this trip: @Lady Mamabear @Sandy and enjoyed my days in Myoko with friends I have already had: so thank you for all the fun and encouragements, and how we all pulled together on/off snow! It's been the best trip.
    @Ozgirl enjoy Tokyo!
    Hoping for many turns and laughs with you guys really soon, and Japan trip once again hopefully :cheers:
    :cheers::metun:
     
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    Wonder how is @hipo doing??
     
  13. LMB

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    He would be home now? No?
     
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    It was great skiing with you guys!!!! :D
     
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    You were awesome to ski with too Sandy. Love my new skis you picked up for me :thumbs:

    Due to the two days when the mountain was closed due to the weather I feel I have unfinished business here in Hokkaido. Guess I'll just have to come back here another year :D

    I feel my skiing has really improved and LMB has been a fantastic host. Once again I seem to have put on weight while on a ski trip LOL
     
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    Yes, meant to leave on Wednesday. His last post was from Monday I think..Hope all is good.
     
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    Perhaps a stop over? Or knee deep in laundry and unpacking :thumbs:
     
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    Just checked, last post Tuesday which I completely missed along with a few others! Don't know how :confused:
     
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    I'm posting this thanks to the very handy free wi fi at Chitose airport.

    My suitcase and ski bag combined weighed 20.2 kg. Handbag (minus valuables) was also in my suitcase so it should just right for the Cathay Pacific 20kg weight limit.

    I hopefully have just enough yen left for a decent meal at Narita while I wait for my international flight.
     
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    YK and I made it to our tokyo hotel.

    Barely, this cold I have is terrible!

    LMB the facemask is awesome though! With in minitues i was hacking stuff up in a good way!

    I think it will def help me sleep tonight. I forgot to wear it last night.
     
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    Oh god, you poor thing! At least it happened at the end of your trip :cry: Have lots of hot Miso soup..
     
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    Told ya! It really helps.
    And you look like you fit in ;-)
    Don't forget to take heaps of the D3.

    Crazycat and I did some fast groomer laps today, met a beautiful Japanese couple from Chitose in the Gondola, took *K* for her first Gondola ride and lunch at King Bell, then did some shopping and fuelling up in Kutchan before dropping the car back. They had restocked the bake-able kit kats so I bought loads to bring home (novelty!), and they had put out their Easter KitKats, so we stocked up on those too - Easter gift shopping DONE!

    Dinner at Yamanchu followed up by drinks at Gyu and we are ready for bed.
     
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    I'm now at my hotel inHong Kong. It's Ibis Sheung Wan. Nothing fancy but it feels huge after Japan! It also has a view of The Peak so I can't complain :thumbs: It cost a grand total of 23 Hong Kong dollars to take a taxi from Hong Kong Central station to the door of the hotel.

    At Narita airport I learnt that when travelling with skis trolleys are your friend :D

    I had a near disaster at Narita airport. My luggage was sorted so I could put my ski boot bag straight into the overhead luggage and have everything else I needed for the trip out. The trouble was this included my IPad and in my travel day exhaustion I managed to leave it in the toilet! Luckily I realised before I boarded the plane and it was on the shelf in the toilet where I left it.

    Good to hear you're feeling better Ozgirl. You didn't sound good this morning :(
     
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    I got home this morning after a very bumpy flight from Hong Kong.

    Stepped in the scales out of curiosity a few minutes ago and I've put on 3-4 kilos over the trip :eek:
     
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    4kilos in 2 weeks or so:eek:? I guess Kimski-san likes and enjoyed foods in Japan very much:cheers:
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    I don't think I'm designed for degustation dining and drinking alcohol every day. Don't think my sweet tooth helps either ... Pretty sure it will be 3 kilos not four I've put on. Obviously I'm just such an efficient skiier now I'm not burning enough calories LOL
     
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    Kimski!!! You NEVER weigh yourself the day you get back. You CRAZEEEE? Water retention from the flight!!! :eek:

    Weigh yourself Monday morning, then assess the damage.

    But don't forget to factor in muscle mass - my calves are always super pumped up for a few weeks after I get home. Muscle is heavy.
     
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    Good point LMB :D The scales were right there and I couldn't resist. I even asked my dad if he could get some apples for me from the supermarket.
     
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    EPA and DHA are very good for our health, and fish is very high in EPA and DHA. Soy Isoflavones are very good for our health and women's beauty. Green tea is very high in Catechin and Vitamin C. Catechin and Vitamin C are really good for anti-aging(they help us keep young:love:). Japanese people eat a lot of fish and soy products, and drink a lot of green tea(of course sugar free ones). So Japanese people have the longest life expectancy in the world:thumbs:.

    Buuuuuuuuuut, Japan has many evil foods too, yes, they are high carbohydrate foods:doh:. Rice, udon, ramen, okonomiyaki, etc, they are high in carbohydrate. Especially ramen is very bad:cry:. Most yummy ramens are high in salt and oil(fat) too. High in carbohydrate, salt and oil, the worst combination :cry:. You see my name, and you know how much I love ramenROFL. I put on 5kilos or more in 2 or 3 months after I moved to an apartment next to yummy ramen restaurants;)
     
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    Carbohydrates are not bad for you, so it's not correct to say that Rice, udon & ramen are evil foods. Why are Japanese people slim, when they eat this stuff?
    You just need to understand the relationship between the GI (Glycaemic Index) of different foods, blood glucose and the type of exercise you do.
    I've recently (since June last year) researched and understood the relationship and balance of these three things, and I've lost 9kg!! Effortless.... 15min of the RIGHT type of exercise a day, and eating the right foods any time, and eating the "wrong" foods at the right time.... and never hungry!!!
     
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    Karaage is ok though right?
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    It has a carb coating and quite a bit of oil.... but if you've been skiing, it doesn't matter... just don't wash it down with a bottle of coke that has 13 teaspoons of sugar in it.
     
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    Lovely T R folks.
     
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    Well three days of sickness has made me drop at least a kilo!

    Feeling a bit better today.

    Currently sitting at Dean and Deluca ( my crush on Felicity means i can't walk pasted this place!). At Tokyo Midtown, about to wander around Roppongi before heading to Tokyo station to meet with Sandy-san!
     
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    Agreed @Kletterer. Anything covering braiding ,powder, drinking and diet gets :):thumbs:
     
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    ROFL
    We are allrounders!

    A house full of struggle street here today. Birthday drinks, boozy dinner and 'oh it's your birthday, here have a free shot' took its toll!
    :oops::whistle:
     
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    putting that unseasonal weather event aside, what's the comparison between now & Jan/ Feb?
    It just seems to keep giving. And the crowd?
     
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    Speaking of Central Honshu, January has the biggest snowfall and February has the deepest snowdepth. So January and February are better. In Hokkaido and northern Tohoku, it's usually cold enough in early March too, and early March (now) has the deepest snowdepth usually. So in general, I think early March is not bad if you go to Hokkaido or northern Tohoku mountains like Hakkoda.
     
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    Well I am a few days earlier than usual this trip and it was significantly busier than last year and the year before. Not Dec/January madness but not my private little ski hill either.

    I get the feeling that some returning customers either priced out of Xmas/NY, or who missed out on bookings, or looking for a quieter time have booked for end feb/early March. Quite a few families with small children (under 12) - obviously not averse to taking the kids out of school. Loads of Americans and Brits, quite a number of Germans, Italians, Spanish. Vast majority Chinese or from HK (Chinese and expats from all over). Aussies still in a big number but less younger people than previous years (with exception of the season workers).

    The snow was great.
    Had a storm event that shut the hill, but we get that in Jan/Feb too (and did!) - and the pow when it fell was just as awesome as you get in Jan and Feb.

    No complaints here.
     
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    How's the weather there today LMB? I saw there was some rain forecast.
     
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    Today it's horrid.
    Drizzle at times, no real rain.
    There was a real slush fest yesterday that's iced up today. Village is treacherous. Even LMB the mountain goat is using spikes today!
    We spent a good half hour people watching from the end bedroom window as people slid down the street - without fail those without spikes battled or fell - it was like an inclined ice rink!
    Best thousand odd yen investment.
     
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    Well the party is over for me..

    Writing this at my desk at work :-(
     
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    The only cure is to start planning for the next trip :D

    It seems I'm not immune to the lurgy after all. I had a sore throat yesterday and more symptoms today. Managed to pick up my cat from the cattery and get some groceries but otherwise have just been watching TV and slept for four hours this afternoon. Not sure what to do about work tomorrow ...
     
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    But of course you go straight from the plane to the office :D My role model of toughness :)
     
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    Use those sick days girl!
     
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    I'd use the sick days plan...

    Medical reason ? : SDS.

    It's a terrible thing to suffer
     
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    Forgot to add before that I really enjoyed my stopover day in Hong Kong. Did a day in Dubai last year (on the way to Europe) and Hong Kong was much more enjoyable. Shame that the Middle East airlines seen to be taking over these days.

    I'm already thinking I'll have to get back to ski in Japan again next year. It's addictive!
     
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    Haha! I really does help!

    My resolve is slowly wanning though. It REALLY hurt to get of bed today.

    I felt pretty good on Sunday but seemed to have gone backwards since the plane :-(
     
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    It's the 'delay' effect. You should really rest for least a few afternoons, and drink plenty of water!
     
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