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Trip Report elSpike’s 2020 sneaky skiski- Shiga Kogen

Discussion in 'Japan' started by elSpike, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Coming up now. Will be there in 10
     
  3. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    I actually never found a place in Japan that checks DIN release with a machine :o

    I was couple days ago in Nozawa(for the best of the season powder :) ) and one of the binding released too easily I felt. Anyway I went to a shop near Nagasaka and asked them to check. Binding sole length I set myself. Guy knew what he was doing it looked but they did not check the actual release strength. Just that sole, height etc was correct(which it was). Was free though, I gave them 500 to tune edges but that’s it

    So if you want to actually have it tested you need to check that shop has the machine and they actually do it.
     
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    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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  6. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Very jelly. I've only been back a couple weeks, but my last leg of japow 2020 was Shiga. And I'm missing it already. These min-SIC reports just rub salt into the wound.
     
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  7. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here you go. I tried typing but it didn’t work.

     
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  8. Ozgirl

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    It’s not about being qualified to do a job, din settings are based on weight, height and three levels of ability only.
    I don’t think I’m a 2 nor a 3.

    but to do my on hill job I needed to up my DIN.
    May have been the reason of my recent ACL injury actually.
     
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  9. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Head Station Ichinose has a torque machine for testing. The manual ones where they put a pole thing in your boot and pull it across different axises with a sliding scale that you need to reset each time. I’ll try to get a pic. The guy there seems like the real deal. He apparently does tuning for some of the clubs that train here.
     
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  10. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good morning Shiga!

     
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  11. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    This morning we are heading to Yokote. 7.05am bus which the chalet reception was at pains to express that it wasn’t free!



    I guess because it’s the same busses as the shuttle they’ve had some confusion before.
     
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  12. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Roughly ¥920 per person the take the non free shuttle bus. But for that fee we get to Kumanoyu just after 8, rather than after 9. Time IS money it seems.

    Also. This is Shigakogen Yamanoeki. The interchange for the shuttle busses.



    The famed post office with the only ATM in Shiga Kogen is about 80m down the road.

     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Kumanoyu looking pristine but there is pesky fog.



    Also this:

     
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  14. Sandy

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  15. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    For @Sandy. Without your counter super power, this is the result.

     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh bugger!!!
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Top of Yokote may be above the cloud.
     
  18. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    You are such the optimist.

    That was on the Subotouge chair nearing the summit.

    We are cursed.

    On to more serious concerns. I have to take a moment to acknowledge my wrongness and make an apology. I was supremely wrong in my assertion that the Madarao front romance chairs were the slowest chairs on the planet. I apologise to them unreservedly.

    I now know that it is the bottom Yokote chair that holds that title. My children’s children will still be riding this chair.



    I know not what it is to feel snow beneath my feet any more.
     
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  19. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    This is why I never use that chair at Yokote.... ;)
     
  20. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lunch was at the crumpet cafe. Ive spoken at length about how great it is. These pics should reinforce that.





    After lunch the mist started to break in waves with one run pea soup and the next in blue sky.

    We even managed to see Yomase off in the distance.



    some of the snowmen were very creative.



    And finally. Just for Mr @nanami_JS LOL



    DEFEAT THE SNOWBOARD!
     
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  21. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Omg I want crumpets for tea now!!
     
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    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    I never managed to find that crumpet cafe when I was in Shiga last year (mainly because I didn’t know it existed :whistle:). Just for future reference- where is it?
     
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  23. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Summit of Yokoteyama. Same building as the top of the chair.
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh you got off the chair....!
     
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  25. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    That’s exactly what I just thought!!

    well more ‘shit to get crumpets we have to ride that chair..’
     
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  26. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    If you come from Kumanoyu, you join Yokote at the middle chair. Missing the “lifesucker”.
    You’re welcome.
     
  27. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes, exactly.... don't make the mistake of going further down unless:
    - You go to the next chair down (about 40m)
    - You're gonna catch the bus.
     
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  28. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can you please measure the speed of said chair.
    Then you can compare to Pretty Slow Valley in Perisher
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The crumpets were good. I had the Tuna and Cheese one. The views from the deck were very good also if you timed it right. The cloud moved pretty quick when we where there.
     
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  30. Lady Penelope

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    “Salmon and cheese” crumpets?? :eek: I just have them with jam ....
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Correction - it was Tuna & Cheese
    [​IMG]
     
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    Much better :D
     
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  33. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    THE world's slowest chair.
     
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  34. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do you hate me that much @Donzah?
     
  35. skifree

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    It’s all in the name of research.

    You know it makes sense to do this.
     
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  36. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Actually. Slopes records speed of lifts. It fluctuates between 4.3km/h and 4.9km/h
     
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  37. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ironically. Skiing down that same slope feels a similar pace...
     
  38. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Speaking of Slopes. Today’s stats were pretty decent too.

     
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  39. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    For reference:
    Pretty Valley Chair
    Travel Time: 9.1 minutes
    Vertical rise: 153 m
    Length: 1,005 m
     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    https://www.skiresort.info/ski-resort/yokoteyama-shibutoge/ski-lifts/l92433/

    By the above stats:
    Travel time: approx 10 mins = 600s
    Vertical rose: 124m
    Length: 1122

    so comparatively if we do the math:

    1005 / 550 = 1.82 m/s pretty valley
    1122 / 600 = 1.87 m/s Sky A
    (slopes has it at 12:25 duration which would make it 1.5 m/s)

    either way. They are both too damn slow.
     
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  41. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    When I was there a couple weeks back I ended up skiing to the bottom of that chair, knowing I'd have to catch it back to the top. But I had no choice, because I needed to find a bathroom super quick. I will never let that happen again.
     
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    Haha hahahaha that’s some bad translation lol
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    PV also gets stopped often due to beginners falling off.
    Plus has no crumpets!
     
  44. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    well.....it does have that kiosk at the bottom. No comparison, I know.
     
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  45. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    One last morning shot of Ichinose Diamond before we pack up the room. Today is the last day of Sneaky SkiSki.

     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Icy as hell this morning. My feet are aching from the vibrations.



    There is a fine mist of snow falling. Will be zero accumulation.



    Some sage advice for life.
     
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    i had crumpets for breakfast.

    My local store don't have the posh ones. had to settle for golden circle.

    May have to make my own...
     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    After a quick lift up coffee, the sun is out. Pistes are softening. Christmas no longer cancelled.





    Yakebitaiyama is getting its Covid19 on.

     
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    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    hey its better than closing the resort!
     
  50. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good, cos thinking about going there again this weekend!!! ;)
     
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