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Furano, Asahi Dake, Tomamu, Kamui & Tokachi 17/18

Discussion in 'Japan' started by telenomore, Sep 29, 2017.

  1. Inclder

    Inclder Hard Yards

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    Hmmm, maybe I need to give Furano a second chance. Spent a week there in 2016 and didn't really rate it. Judging by that map a Guide would help make the most of it...
     
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  2. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Local update. Kamui, Furano and Asahi Dake all firing depending on the day but Tomamu and Sahoro still light on. Covered but thin. Club Med fully operating at Tomamu and definitely more crowded on the lifts. A couple of pics from Tokachi yesterday. Happy new year.
    Furano Dake from Mae Tokachi Ridge


    Tokachi Volcano. On the lava runs # 1.


    Tokachi Volcano. On the lava runs # 2.


    A good days work. Below Mae Tokachi Dake with the volcano steaming in the background.
     
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  3. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    @telenomore ...more crowded at Tomamu with snowplayers or skiers, do you reckon?
     
  4. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Lot more skiers this year than walkers @Tonester , but so hard to say if it will last as full on public holidays here but Club Med has it own ski school and they are very active. Nothing too stressful but a couple of minutes wait for gondie most runs but still seems very uncrowded on the slopes.
     
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  5. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    Any news when they're going to open the powder express chair (the top one) ? Doesn't look like they've opened it at all so far this season
     
  6. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Sorry don't know but If I hear Ill post.
     
  7. Ecstatic

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    6th of Jan, would've gone this week but trip ended abruptly at Furano yesterday morning when my ACL decided it was sick of holding things together.
     
  8. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    That sucks. How did it happen?
     
  9. CanadianOnTheRocks

    CanadianOnTheRocks Hard Yards

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    Have been following these forums for a while, full of great info!

    Will be skiing Tomamu Jan 19th to 25th with my family (wife and 2 kids). They are resort skiers (at this stage) but I enjoy earning my turns.

    Have been trying to find a BC group tour to join and sample the back bowls, or something farther afield for one of the days.

    Any forum members interested in some touring in the area around those dates? Happy to split guide costs or plan a suitable objective unguided - if a group with the right experience came together.
     
  10. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    you could contact @telenomore
     
  11. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have not done BC there but recall reading a thread not too long ago regarding potential terrain trap dangers awaiting the unsuspecting off the back of Tomamu. I'll se if I can find that thread and link here when I do
     
  12. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    To confirm, he runs a backcountry guiding group out of Ferano that also covers tomamu. Note that most of tomamu is inbounds off piste
     
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  13. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK. I think this is the thread. I've linked to reply #225, but read from the first page.
     
  14. CanadianOnTheRocks

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    Thanks for the info, would definitely prefer to join a group familiar with the area.

    Have been to tomamu once 2years ago and from the view (and the group's heading out) looks like there are some nice turns to be had in the area.
     
  15. argento

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    any ATMs in Furano?
    provided one has set a high withdrawal limit with the debit card issuing bank, what's the most yen you have withdrawn in a single transaction.
    I get charged for each withdrawal and would like to work out whether it's sensible to pre-purchase Yen
     
  16. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    No personal experience, but there is a 7-11 conbini on the road down into Furano town. That should work for you
     
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  17. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    What he said. Also, I think amount per withdrawal will depend on your card issuing authority. I have been party to large withdrawals from 7/11 ATM's. Just like to add, and probably been mentioned elsewhere but worth revisiting, even the very small Japanese towns have a Post Office and post offices have ATM's with an English language option. Limited by opening hours and withdrawal amounts but another option for withdrawing money.
     
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  18. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    ahem....raining! mod/heavy snow from tonight. Blue sky Thursday.
     
  19. CanadianOnTheRocks

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    No bites yet on the above... I have lined up a guide for the 22nd, if anyone is interested in joining PM me. However still interested in a day trip to Asahidake as well.

    Rode with Rising Sun Cat tours near Niseko yesterday... was all time! Will post a seperate TR but would recommend if you want proper backcountry mechanised access in Hokkaido.
     
  20. Born2ski

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    Just a follow up regarding the Tomamu season passes. We picked up ours last Thursday and have so far used them for -
    - 4 days worth skiing (more to come), value $590
    - 3 wave pool visits (more to come), value $240
    - Visit to Ice Village, value $23
    - 10% discount on all restaurants (more to come), $17

    So half way through our trip we've already got $870 worth of value for season passes costing $565. :D
     
  21. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    So they charge you to enter ice village!?!?! Last February we just waltzed right in. No evidence of any charge.
     
  22. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    For guests at the Tomamu Towers or Risonare Towers it's free, for others it's 500yen per person. We're staying at the Village Alpha, or the forgotten child, as I call the place.
     
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  23. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Huh! I stayed at Alpha as well. We just strolled in last Feb.
     
  24. Tonester

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    The Village Alpha is a bit like that. I actually didn't mind it. The apartment setup was kinda weird, with the bedroom loft on the entry level. But it makes up for it in the living area. We had a huge window overlooking a great view. I'd stay again. In fact, in the early stages of planning Japow 2018 I was planning on returning to Tomamu (not going to Hokkaido anymore, just Tohoku) and found it hard to get an apartment for my dates. Admittedly, it was around Chinese NY, so I am sure that had a lot to do with it.
     
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  25. MickeyE

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    Wave pool included too?! That's too good to be true! Will have to pack swim wear now.
    Just two weeks to go & counting down the days.
    BTW interested in next Born2ski update ...in We're back thread...did you ski the OOB area pictured to skier's right of the gondola or bother with the 'experts' area at all?
     
  26. Born2ski

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    Yeah kids love the wave pool so we'll do a few more trips there after skiing.

    Did not ski the OOB area in my pics but have skied another OOB tree area off the top. And of course I have been skiing the "experts" tree skiing areas every day, instructor even took my kids through the trees today.

    Where are you staying up here ? Tomamu Towers, Risonare, Club Med or Village Alpha ?
     
  27. MickeyE

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    I left the booking quite late so all the AirBNB apartmants at Village Alpha were gone. Settled on Pension Ing, reviews were good (esp. food) & it's only a short drive away. Depending on conditions will split time skiing between Sahoro & Tomamu, which will be the warm up before moving on to Asahikawa, Otaru then Kutchan.
     
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  28. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ing is great. Dinners excellent. The owner does a dropoff/pickup to Tomamu if you don't have a car.

    He is very keen on curling and we spend several evening watching the Japanese womens curling team in 2006, so if you are there during the games he no doubt will be doing the same.
     
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  29. Tonester

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    A good number of choices there. I rate Sahoro, although it was a Saturday and hence busy when we were there last February.
    They did have some fun in-bounds trees skiing there.
     
  30. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    I had Ing booked for this coming trip, but pulled the pin when I decided to limit my Japow to Tohoku this time.
     
  31. travelislife

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    Pension Ing is great! Draft beer and great food!
     
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    How does asahidake do mid storm? Have the option of heading there this week based art the ropeway.... I recall hearing it is often closed due to wind... am i correct?
     
  33. telenomore

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    Looks good from Tuesday. Sunday too windy and most likely Monday still too windy but can change at short notice. From Tuesday to Thursday winds OK so should run. Look for 40km/h winds+ from the NW or SW as the cut off.
     
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    thanks for the beta!
     
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    looks like I may be heading up tomorrow..... anyone around and keen to ride this week? got kit but no snowshoes atm...
     
  36. elSpike

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    Hi Argento, not sure if this is still relevant, but 711 on road to Furano has a max of 100,000JPY with a transaction fee of 216JPY. Hope that helps. Was there last week.
     
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  37. argento

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    Thanks mate! Good to know. Ended up getting some yen through commonwealth to get me going but given the 1% fee they charge it always works better to just use ATMs in Japan provided you can withdraw lump sums of 100,000 JPY
     
  38. elSpike

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    All of the 7bank ATMs do 100K. Just be aware that the majority of restaurants in Furano proper are cash only.

    Not sure if this is allowed in the forums, but make sure you go to Cafe Panier which is just off to the left of the road down to Furano from Kitanomine Ropeway. It's a single old guy (Saito) running the place out of his front room. He makes an incredible Omelette Curry. Our kids swear by the Doria as well. It's the only place we visited twice while there.
     
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  39. Born2ski

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    Also be aware the daily limit for the Citibank debit card is $AUD1000, which at the current exchange rate means LESS than 100,000 yen. I tried to do two 50k yen transactions from different ATMs in the same day and was declined. Once I tried 40k yen on the second transaction (so 90k total for the day) it was OK.
     
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  40. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good advice @Born2ski. I'm based in Singapore using a DBS card which, I think (never tested), has a much higher limit.
     
  41. Ecstatic

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    Was traversing back from Chute #2 on the little pump track (same exit as the diamond cut). Was tired and a not concentrating as I should've been, hit a little roller too quick, flicked up through the air and went knee first into a tree.

    Pretty gutted, had another 5 days on the trip planned, wasn't doing anything out of my skill level, had done that traverse 5 or so times before already that trip. I'll be lucky if I'm back late next season if surgery and rehab goes well.
     
  42. oreo

    oreo One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    FYI, you can increase this by calling up citibank.
     
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  43. Tonester

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    Sorry to hear. That suck big time.
    Heal fast
     
  44. Born2ski

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    Furano experts. What's the story with local shuttle buses to the lifts and around town ?

    Is the Lavender bus the only local public transport around Furano ?
    http://www.furanobus.jp/lavender/
     
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    Anyone caught the shuttle from Sapporo city to Sapporo teine?

    Trying to find a hotel that is located outside one of the stops and also close to JR station.
     
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    Not an expert, but there is a free shuttle between the two prince hotels and their respective ropeways. Runs very infrequently though. Once an hour at about 25 past. Massive gap in the middle of the day between 12-4. Lavender as per your link. Taxis hang around at the lobby of the hotels and one is usually at the bottom of the kitonomine gondala too, though usual Y1500 fare into town applies.
     
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    Great day at Asahidake today
     
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    All quiet in Sahoro today.
    Sunny, no wind, -10c.
    Needs fresh snow.
     

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    ^^ Same in Tomamu.