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Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by DidSurfNowSki, Feb 21, 2019.

  1. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here is Pension Haus Tirol in Ried. This is on the access road on the way to the ski bus stop. In the background to the left of the other house you can see the base of the Fendels gondola, about a 5 min walk. This is also where the bus from Landeck stops. The only problem is that the walk is on the main road above to the right, so a little awkward. I went this way when I arrived. I could see the place from above but had to walk further down and backtrack on the driveway. The next stop for the Landeck bus is the Gemeindeamt (town council office). This is a bit further but easier. The pension owner gave me a lift to the Gemeindeamt when I left. Walk to the ski bus stop though is very simple, only a bit beyond where I took this pic. Also note this pic was taken in March. There would likely be a bit more snow on the ground in January.

     
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    I'll need my snow walking boots :)
     
  3. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    A note on the Ischgl bus. There are 2 stops by lifts in Ischgl. First is the Prenner Tunnel which gives you access to lifts A2 & A3. Next one is the main one Silvrettabahn for lift A1. I noticed a few people got off at the first stop, but I stayed on for the main one. I was getting ticket and ski hire for that day. I wondered a bit about that choice soon after when I saw the massive crowd queuing for the Silvrettabahn. I heard that a number of people chose the first option as it is less of a bottleneck. But in the end the queue went through quickly enough (18 seat gondolas help) and had no issues the rest of the day as it is a huge spread out resort so that was all soon forgotten.
     
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  4. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    You would have noticed before but just about everyone gets on the ski buses in their ski boots. Fine for a short walk and bus trip. In Ried I did the same, but in Innsbruck I wore my shoes and carried them in my pack skiing. Same for Landeck. Certainly wasn't keen on wearing ski boots in town and a 50 in bus ride.
     
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    Found a pic. :love:
     
  6. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Both Oyada Honjin and Piccolo don't show any available rooms for me :(

    On one booking engine I got the response:
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    [​IMG]We can only accept dates that occur in 3 months ahead from today. Please adjust your travel dates.

    Might need to resort to email.

    Looking at getting out of Naeba and back to the airport, I'm flying out of Haneda for Munich at 12:45 on Saturday.
    If the snow is good on Friday, I'll ski the morning and stay at the airport. Then I'll just have to amuse myself at the Lufthansa lounge :)

    If it's not knee deep blower powder I'll just cruise over to the airport Friday morning.

    Train / bus looks good to getting to/from Haneda.
     
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  7. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That is pretty standard for Japanese owned places. For Japan I usually use Travel Rakuten or Japanican for selection but they still have that limitation.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Looking at the Haneda - Naeba travel leg...



    How crazy is that going to be on a Monday morning ?
     
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    LOL........that is just silly!!!
    The route that is.
    Monorail from airport to Hamamatsucho station, change trains to JR Yamanote line for Tokyo station.
    Total travel time about half an hour to Tokyo st.
    Then shink from Tokyo to Echigo Yuzawa......about another 80-90 minutes.
    You should be in in Echigo Yuzawa by 9am if your leaving Haneda at 6.30am.
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    That was the less crazy one on hyperdia...

     
  11. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Expanding the #routes to 8 gives us



    Ohhhh... and the Mikunitoge Onsen Oyado Honjin Ryokan has a free shuttle bus from the train station at 2:30pm and ski shuttles every 30 min :)

    That would work.
     
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    Get to Tokyo Station ASAP..........cake shops/patissieries galore!!!
    Mmmmmmm ...... breakfast.
    Maybe take your time and take the next Shink or two and get to Echogo Yuzawa by 10am. :)
     
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    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    I do like a nice cake shop :)
     
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  14. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That first option via Yokohama and NEX is pretty crazy. The monorail to Hamamatsucho and Yamanote line is probably quickest but the Yamanote part will be the really tricky part with crowds and luggage - I did it once on a Monday morning and don't recommend it. Easiest I think will be to catch the Airport limousine bus from Haneda international direct to Tokyo station. The only issue then is that it drops you at the north exit which is tyhe opposite end to where the Shinkansens go, so a bit of a walk, but still better than battling the crowds boarding the Yamanote line.
     
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    Never done it, what time is the first airport limo from Haneda to Toyko station in the mornings?
     
  16. Heinz

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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    8:10 See link above.
     
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    So, it's wait around for 1.5 hours or get on the mono / train at 6.30am and suck it up.
     
  19. DidSurfNowSki

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    Some tips for DSNS and others visiting Fiss- Serfaus. Best place to ski in poor weather is pistes # 92 70 and 90. The runs around Moseralmbahn and Shoenjochbahn 1 are sheltered but tend to get busy and Moseralm gets lots of novices and barely deserves a red rating.Zwolferkopf and that back side tends to get more wind. If its been stormy and things lift a bit and not too much flat light Plansegg has some lovely offpiste terrain Masnerkopf area is bigger than the ski map makes it look. It stays a touch cooler than other areas and there is plenty of offpiste- some of it casual, some more hardcore. If it snows lots of deep pow the Kamikaze face has an awesome continuous fall line that is as good as anything you can find in the Arlberg- a must do. Steepest groomed piste = Direttisima # 56 - seriously steep and i dont recall anything that steep in my travels.
     
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  21. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah, the terrain on the Serfaus side around Masnerkopf is certainly very big with some steep lines. Takes a little while to get all the way over there though.
     
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    Do you have to fly into Haneda?
     
  23. DidSurfNowSki

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    Yep
     
  24. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good question. Haneda is closer to Tokyo but I find the transfer to the Shinkansen is simpler from Narita.
     
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    Last ski trip to Honshu I flew via Narita. This time it's through Haneda. Bus to Tokyo should be fine :)
     
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    That big Bistro over there feels a bit unTyrolian too.
     
  27. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yeah that place was massive.
    Checked my notes from my TR when I went there. here
     
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    Kletterer Thredbo Doughnut Tragic Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you walk down the Obere Dorfstrasse towards Hackls Bar there is a farmer who takes his cow out for a walk around dusk most nights and likes a chat. You might need to learn German though.
     
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    Haneda is a PITA. Much easier to connect via Narita.

    The best way to transfer from Haneda is on the bus.
     
  30. Lady Penelope

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    Monorail is dead easy. 20 minutes and you’re at Hammamatsucho.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    That's the easy bit. It is the transfer to and off the Yamanote line to Tokyo during morning work day peak hour with luggage that is more challenging. You have to time your dash down/up the stairs for when the flow of traffic between trains is at a minimum. Weekend no problem at all.
     
  32. DidSurfNowSki

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    Booking.com was spamming me with a 10% discount on accommodation. So my Ryokan is booked in Yuzawa :).

    [​IMG]

    The marketing blurb...

    Boasting gorgeous indoor and outdoor hot spring baths, Mikunitoge Onsen Oyado Honjin offers both Japanese and Western-style guest rooms. Free shuttle buses to Naeba Ski Resort, a 5-minute ride away, runs every 30 minutes from the property. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the entire area.

    All rooms at Oyado Honjin are fitted with a TV, a fridge and a safety deposit box. An electric kettle and green tea bags are also provided. Guests can try on Japanese yukata robes in their rooms. Some rooms feature Western beds and carpet flooring.

    Delicately prepared Japanese Kaiseki multi-course dinner can be enjoyed in the Japanese-style rooms with a Nakai (personal attendant) service. Guests staying in the western rooms have Kaiseki dinner or buffet dinner at on-site Ryotei Kura restaurant.

    Free shuttle services can be used from Echigo-Yuzawa Shinkansen (bullet train) Station, a 30-minute drive away, with an advance reservation.

    Friendly staff at the front desk can arrange a ski equipment hire. A souvenir shop is on site.

    I'll have to pass on Lawson breakfasts and dinners this time around :)
     
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    Also booked accommodation at the Haneda airport for the outward trip.

    All accommodation has now been sorted, now to start working on my fitness. 115 days until wheels up. Need to be able to ski by then.
     
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    Booking.com can be utter bs sometimes.
    Just a tip if you're a light sleeper. Ask if they've got a room facing the garden. The Mikuni Highway can have a bit of truck action at night. Hope you have a nice stay, you could be the only gaijin there but you never know.
     
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    Well you know where to come for a bit of snow walking.:wave:
     
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    Well for the first time in 3 months I was able to stand up on the pedals on my indoor bike trainer last night. Let's see how things stand next weekend. (see the pun there :) )
     
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    After finally being able to get into my boots, click into my skis and do some turns over the weekend I ventured into @Heinz's TR. 100 days out from wheels up I'm quaking in my boots.

    I would have 'liked' every single post in @Heinz's trip report if there wasn't so much work left for me to do to be fit enough to ski even a part of that terrain.

    I'm exercising under the supervision of my physio (please don't tell her what I did over the weekend) and at the moment I'm alternating days between:
    • A targetted weights gym session and
    • Leg and core strengthening exercises and a hour indoor cycling session
     
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    I really enjoy planning these trips.

    I've spent the weekend pouring over google translate, google maps, timetables and trail maps. Been in contact with my Utah skiing buddy, he's just picked up his Snowbird season ticket and recommends skiing Alta and Snowbird. Luckily for me, my Thredbo season pass gets me a 50% discount on day lift tickets on those.

    I'll need to get a hire car in Utah, so that means I'll need to pick up an international drivers licence again.

    Also been sorting out bus transfers. I'm sure I can make that 4:30pm bus up to Whistler (until I can't ;) )

    Fun, fun, fun.

    Off to the gym for more rehab :)
     
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    For most states a photo liscence and passport is sufficient.
     
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    Yes. They also have 3 levels of cops (federal, state and county) and their knowledge and training varies greatly. Don’t want to be arguing with some pimply teenager with a gun that thinks I need one and gives me a ticket.
     
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    I got pulled over in New Mexico by a policeman who searched the trunk for illegal Mexicans.
     
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    I hope they just found legal ones ;)
     
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    Did you explain to the cop that you had left the Mexicans at the border after stealing there dope.....
     
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    No but he wondered what/ why my jumar ascenders were on the dashboard.
     
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    Its never ever been needed, in my 20 years of renting a car!

    My fav story was when my dad got pulled over for speeding in Canada, dad was worried so went into to the RTA equivalent to pay it the next day and they had to give him a Canadian licence to process the fine LOL

    Japan is the only that cares anymore.
     
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    alright, alright i will get on my bike. Meany for bullying (okay guilting) me into my rehab!
     
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    Clearly you used them to get over the walk ;)
     
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    About to do another hour Zwift session. :p
     
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    Stop it!!

    I did 10mins on my bike.

    It doesn’t hurt so that’s good.

    I’m on meds where I shouldn’t push myself. But 10mins is 10mins more than yesterday!
     
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    Update to the updated plan:
    • fly into Munich Airport
    • catch the train to the East Munich station, then onto Innsbruck station
    • stay at a Innsbruck hotel overnight
    • arrange luggage to stay at hotel or place luggage in Innsbruck station locker for the day
    • catch the free ski bus to Fulpmes
    • catch the gondola up to Schlick
    • ski Schlick 2000 resort
    • head over to Ried
    :)
     
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