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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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    It’s definitely the place to head in these uncertain snow times.
     
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  2. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Lunch at the Prince West Ramen shop.

    Butter corn miso ramen. Make sure you let the chef know you want it Vegetarian or it comes with pork miso broth.

     
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  3. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    Snuck to Shiga for a day in early Feb. It was not crap.
     
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  4. Sandy

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

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    I've spent 10 days there on two trips in Feb. Best place to be in central Japan this season.
    Got one day of rain, when you never even got wet, while most other places got 20mm + most ways to the top.
    Last Friday:

     
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    smackies A Local

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    For some reason I cannot post the video, but it was 60cm+. Windy af too.
     
  6. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    But, as I think I said in the Hakuba thread, Hakuba sucked. The roadtrip was worth it.
     
  7. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Turned into a glorious afternoon!

    Yakebitaiyama off the Quad 3


    Totoro snowman. He had a little tail too!


    Ice cream at the base of Takamagahara.


    Looking back at Diamond and Yakebitaiyama from the top of Takamagahara.
     
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  8. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Final day’s skiing at Shiga.



    Quick change and a pack down at Chalet Shiga then tottled off to the bus stop. Ichinose needs a bit of a top up. It’s looking a little melted.



    And the Nagaden 4.05pm bus back to Nagano.

     
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  9. Sandy

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

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    LOL
    Compare Hakuba Tsugaike: ;)


     
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    That looks terrible for February :eek:
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Certainly a bit of melt at that bus stop since I left from there a bit of a week ago. No skiing on the road now. A bit easier though to drag a suitcase through.
     
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    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    There was snow there when I left on Sunday!
     
  13. skifree

    skifree A disciple of the blessed avi giraffe Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    So how fast / slow is Pretty Valley Chair at Perisher?
     
  14. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    nanami_JS Hard Yards

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    Oh no poor hakuba! Got a group of friends just arrived in hakuba. All their Instagram stories were asking the same question: “where is the snow?”
     
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  16. Sandy

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    Still snow further up.
     
  17. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    And this ends another elSpike Trip Report. I’m still undecided if I prefer the daily recap or the short posts through the day.

    It’s not trivial to post the daily summary each evening (valuable sleep time) but posting through the day does disconnect you from the moment a little too. Will ponder.

    To round out the report. We had sobas at Nagano station at the little shop next to the Nagaden bus stop. We do love their simplicity.





    Then caught the 18:22 Hakutaka 572 to Tokyo. The sky was a magical blue as we waited in the platform.



    A couple of hours at the ANA lounge and a very present PE flight back to Singapore where we were both asleep before we took off.

    In the taxi heading home before I have to head straight to work. No rest for those saving for the next ski trip after all.



    Speaking of. Barring the world collapsing in the mean time, our next trip will be in Falls Creek, staying at Pretty Valley again from July 12-19. Here’s hoping for an epic early season!
     
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  18. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    [QUOTE="elSpike, post: 4197891, member:

    Speaking of. Barring the world collapsing in the mean time, our next trip will be in Falls Creek, staying at Pretty Valley again from July 12-19. Here’s hoping for an epic early season![/QUOTE]
    I might come say hi!!
     
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  19. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    I might come say hi!![/QUOTE]
    I’d like that very much.
     
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    Kimski One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Looks like you made the right choice heading back to Shiga Elspike :)

    I went to both Hakuba and Shiga Kogen at the beginning of February and Shiga was the clear winner conditions wise.
     
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    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great TR again - good to have been there meanwhile. :thumbs:
     
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  22. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    In other (non corona) news I started a crumpet batter for breakfast tomorrow!
     
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  23. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Pics!
     
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  24. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    They are more like piklets. Bloody GF flour!
     
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  25. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Here you go.



    As an aside, using Philadelphia Cooking Cream is not advisable.... It is Sooo salty!
     
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  26. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    You might be qualified to apply for a job on top of Yokote. LOL But use cream - not cheese!
     
  27. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    Huh?

    That is cream!
     
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  29. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Turned out great!
     
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