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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Ramenman, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Hyst

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    Sad - and very stupied just putting a rescue team in danger.

    I seems he had done it before but not that late in the year or at least without snow.
     
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  2. Ramenman

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    Every season, mountains look nicely different:). I love how mountains in Japan look in autumn!. I live and work in Ibaraki - Chiba - Tokyo area. Ibaraki Prefecture and Chiba Prefecture(Narita airport is in Chiba Pref) are the most mountainless prefectures of all 48 prefectures of Japan, so mountains in Fukushima Pref are the most accessible for me and the picture is Mt.Adatara in autumn:)(Mt.Adatara is in Fukushima Pref)
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    The mountain hut is open all year around, including mid winter. Mt.Adatara is 1700m and the mountain hut is at 1400m. The mountain hut is somewhere between top lift / gondola station of Adatara ski resort and the peak of Mt.Adatara, so the mountain hut is popular among backcountry skiers to ski from the peak of Mt.Adatara (You can stay at the hut and the dinner is super yummy!). This is Mt.Adatara and the mountain hut in winter.


    This is on Mt.Adatara


    This is somewhere between Mt.Adatara and Mt.Minowa.


    By the way, mid September to late October is the autumn color season on ski resort mountains in Japan. October 1st = Tokyo's daily high temperature is 23.8 C on average, still hot like summer, so some people tend to underestimate mountain weather when they are climbing up to relatively lower altitude. Early this month, a couple who were climbing Mt.Adatara for the beautiful autumn color died of hypothermia only at 1300m above sea level. If it's 20 C in Tokyo, it can be 8 C at 1300m asl in Fukushima( = Southernmost prefecture of Tohoku Region). Raining and you are wet + 8 C + high wind = You can easily die of hypothermia. If they are climbing Mt.Fuji, they never underestimate the condition because Mt.Fuji is tall(about 3800m), but some people tend to underestimate 1200m - 2000m mountains. Mt.Iwate(2050m) is a green season hiker killer. I mean, I often hear green season hikers die of hypothermia on Mt.Iwate in early summer(June) and early autumn.
     
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    Very sad to read about the tragedy, particularly following on from the live stream, which kinda of personalises it for everyone who watched it. Note there is a picture doing the rounds taken from his feed that shows his shoes. A pair of sneakers? No way they'd grip on ice. Also worth noting that the altitude of Fujisan will have a big impact and quite possibly effected his decision making. Got me looking through the archives. Here is a pic of telemarking Fujisan up near the summit. Skinny tele skis of the 80's, leather tele boots and non articulated crampons at the summit, ice axe in back pack for descent and Raimer self arrest grips on the poles (didn't need them luckily). Was very windy on the summit and the feel of skiing such a big stand alone mountain (3776m) was akin to being exposed on the wing of a plane, above everything.
     
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  4. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wow.
    Just runners! No wonder he was slipping.

    Thoughts are with his family. Regardless of the recklessness that led to his demise, his family will be devastated.

    And with regard to the recklessness - ya don’t know what ya don’t know I suppose... I for one am pretty glad this community discusses this kind of thing. Knowledge leads to better choices, and hopefully safer fun times for our community.
     
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  5. Ramenman

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    It is reported the body is so badly damaged that police can't announce if the body is a male or female one. After a death, the body must be formally identified. Usually family are asked to do this.
     
  6. Ramenman

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    It seems Nango ski resort in Fukushima Pref has been cutting trees to open a new course for 2019 - 2020 season.
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    Nango is famous for big half pipes and popular among snowboarders.
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    Hotel Nango is under renovation and it's been closed now. It will reopen on February 1st. The border between Niigata pref and Fukushima pref is the least populated region of Japan, being surrounded by a lot of snowy mountains. Nango, Takahata, etc are in the region. I always worry the ski resorts in the region are on the verge of closure, but it seems their financial conditions are better than I thought in that they are making a new course, renovating the hotel, etc:)
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  7. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Takahata is in my potential itinerary for this coming japow trip. I should be up there early February. So, if I do head up that way I will certainly check out Nango
     
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    Takahata closed on Wednesday's.
     
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    So many resorts. So little time...
     
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  11. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yep, thanks.
     
  12. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ohhh...don't I know it
     
  13. Ramenman

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  14. Donzah

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    Yeah I did wonder that. Wasn't much left in Okinawa WW2 wise
     
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  15. Hyst

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    It would be better if there would be fewer but larger ski resorts even though though many powder junkies would not like that, but to atracked the masses to make the resorts to survive that is needed.
     
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  16. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    With the kind of services that travelling ski junkies want - good ski/board hire outlets (not 15yr old skinny skis), restaurant options, bars, massage/physio, decent coffee.
     
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  17. M_G

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    Like Arai? Then everybody complains about the prices and doesn't go there? :eek:;)LOL
     
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  18. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ha ha ha

    I think complaining about prices is an Aussie National Sport.

    Gotta be more than just prices that stops the influx at Arai. If it was all about the dollars then Niseko would be a ghost town. Apparently there’s a few restaurants opening this season that’ll make Kamimura look like excellent value. o_O
     
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  19. Hyst

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    Try to ask in Europe " Arai" - only very few will know and only few special people know about all the hundreds resorts that many want to keep a secret for there own benefit- does nor not really help the local communities.
    But they all know Hakuba and Niseko and think that is Japan.
     
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  20. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    They’re also shocked we get snow in Australia.
     
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  21. Hyst

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    Me too before I came here. :oops:

    However as it is very expensive....... it will keep on saying " I have never been to the snow in Australia" on my info here.:)
     
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  22. Ramenman

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    Hmmm. I'm the first to go for that business class experience. But, I don't know about this. Ski wankery comes to mind.
     
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  24. Ramenman

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    But, the number of ski resorts has been decreasing year by year:crap:. About 5 ski resorts are closing this year or next year such as Kamoidake, Ashibetsu, Kuriyama, Ooana, Iizuna Kogen, Shirayumi, Suisu Mura and Oku Daisen. Ohhh:eek:, as far as I know, not 5 but 9 ski resorts are closing in 2019 or 2020 season:cry:.

    As to Iizuna Kogen(near Togakushi ski resort in Nagano), it will open this season(2019-2020), but won't open next year unless somebody buys the ski resort from Nagano city. Both Togakushi and Iizuna Kogen were owned by Nagano city. Nagano city was planning to close both ski resorts, but Kitano Construction(the biggest construction company of Nagano pref), a local tourism association, etc jointly bought Togakushi last year and "New Togakushi" will open next month.
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    New Logo
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    The new brochure is well made(Geto's brochure is even better, though)
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    Kitano Construction have a lot of skiers and snowboarders who took part in winter Olympics, and I hope they'll help new Togakushi become more attractive(by making new official treerun courses, etc)



    As to Kamoidake (in Hokkaido), it is a tiny ski resort but it's a fun resort. It is rumored a company are planning to buy Kamoidake, so it might reopen in the future but it won't open this coming season. A lot of low altitude small ski resorts in Hokkaido have been closing, and it's pity. Look at this video. It's another low altitude small ski resort in Hokkaido, which has been on the verge of closure. It's Mount Racey ski resort. The altitude of the ski resort is 298m - 702m. A lot of people think the altitude is too low, but it's inland Hokkaido. If it's inland Hokkaido, the temperature can be -15C or colder even at 100m above sea level, so low altitude doesn't matter at all.




    Mount Racey is also on the verge of closure. A private company opened the ski resort. The company went bankrupt after bubble economy burst. The municipal government want to keep it open for the local economy, so they started operating the ski resort while looking for a new owner. A private company bought Mount Racey, but the company also gave up, then Yubari city started looking for a new owner. In 2017(or 2018), a Chinese company bought Racey, and early this year, the Chinese company sold Racey to another Chinese company. But it might be a good sign in that Mount Racey is owned by a Chinese company because the winter sport population in China is very likely to increase a lot in the near future(and the next winter Olympics is held in China)
     
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  25. TheFake

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    Glad to see Togakushi will survive. We had a rest day of sorts cruising the groomers there, and it was a really cute little resort.
    The french restaurant was also a gem (though skiing after lunch with a belly full of cheese was a struggle).
     
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  26. ojisan

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    Togakushi was one of my favourite resorts... it's a bummer that the black ungroomed runs are serviced by a slow double chair.
     
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    In Japan, what would you call a slice of potato battered and deep fried?

    In english please.
     
  28. Tonester

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    I would call it the wrong thread.
    Take your potato cake/scallop/fritter ideology back to convo
     
  29. Lucky Pete

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    Stoked to have been invited to a pre-opening day at the Prince Karuizawa Ski Resort today. Was nice to get back on a board and have a slide on such a bluebird day. Good times! Makes up for flooding the house yesterday and having to a put a new ceiling in the kitchen today..... Super frothing now for turns in Hakuba!
     
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  30. M_G

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    Putting Iizuna Kogen on the list for this season then.
     
  31. skifree

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    So the elevation numbers for Mt Racey make it equivalent to having a ski resort on Mt Lofty, peak is 730 ish, car park down below is 280 ish.
     
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    Kawaba ski resort will newly have a sidecountry course. New in the image below is the new sidecountry course.


    The altitude of Kawaba ski resort is roughly 1300m - 1900m. It's a typical bubble era ski resort. After driving on a long steep narrow winding road from 600m to 1300m asl, this huge base building will suddenly show up. The road condition tends to be terrible, so there is a shuttle bus service between the base village(600m) and the ski resort (1300m).
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    This is an old trail map. You see 武尊山 = Mt.Hotaka (2,158m). Hiking from Kawaba to Mt.Hotaka is popular. From this year, Kawaba ski resort is requiring the people who want to hike to Mt Hotaka (and 剣ヶ峰山 = 2020m) sign with Cocoheli. I'll write about Cocoheli later.
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    This is Kawaba ski resort(1870m) to Mt.Hotaka(2158m) on March 27th.







    About Cocoheli
     
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    Cocoheli is getting to be important, maybe start a thread for it.
     
  34. Ramenman

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    Hakuba Happo One will have a new course. The max gradient = 37°(Average = 30°), so it's very steep.
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    [​IMG]


    It's the tallest building in Tokyo(except Sky Tree and Tokyo Tower)
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    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited, a casino resort developer / owner / operator from Hong Kong / Macau say they are planning to invest in 3 projects in Japan. A casino, a 5 star resort in Hakone and a 4 or 5 star ski resort somewhere in Japano_O

    Melco Resorts & Entertainment Limited : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Melco_Resorts_&_Entertainment
     
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    I never get a course map for Happo because I know it well, but I find it quite interesting that they labeled 6 runs as double black last season (I guess), plus the new one this coming season.

    Maybe only 3 of them should be double black, more due to proximity, than actual double black (DB).
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    Left to right at the top:
    - New course off the bottom Grat Quad. Need to be careful not to duck the rope, as that's prime avalanche territory further down. DB by proximity if you stray out.
    - Two double blacks either side of the lower part of the Alpen Quad. Moguls only, except after a big dump: Not DB.
    - Course between Kurobishi Quad and Kurobishi 3 (closer to K3). Moguls, not DB.
    - Course on the north side of Kurobishi 3, down to Skyline. DB by proximity if you stray out, as there are cliffs just outside the rope.
    - Down slightly lower, on the course off the top of Skyline. DB by proximity if you don't take the right line near the creek at the bottom. It doesn't drop on the green course next to the Panaoram chair, like it implies on the map.
    - Lower mountain, on the Olympic course down to Kokusai. It is variously steep groomed or moguls, but not DB.
     
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  38. Ramenman

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    I've found a related article written in English :
    https://www.asgam.com/index.php/201...facilities-under-new-melco-creative-exchange/

    All the pictures below are from the press conference.
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    The image of the 5 star onsen resort in Hakone.
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    The image of the ski-in ski-out hotel of the new ski resort.
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    Naomi Osaka is the ambassador for the Melco's projects. Naomi Osaka : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naomi_Osaka
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    what do the purple and green colors indicate on this map?
     
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    They've obviously already signed on for an existing resort to update. Interesting they haven't said where it is.
     
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    They only said "山奥( meaning deep in the mountains)" and close to Tokyo. If so, I guess a ski resort in Nagano, Niigata, Fukushima, Gunma or Tochigi and it won't be in Hokkaido nor northern Tohoku. They say they'll make the ski resort "all season resort", not only winter resort. I wonder which resort they are buying (or already bought).
     
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    Green = Powder Areas(ungroomed runs). Purple = Off Limit Areas.
     
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    Rumor has it that it is Nagano.
     
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    A lot easier said then done.
     
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    Might be easier to list the areas at Happo that arent moguls by 12pm each day :)

     
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    It might not be closed.

    I mean, it is for sure that Nagano city won't open the ski resort any longer, but it was once rumored early this year or this time last year that a company bought Iizuna Kogen. But since then, no official announcement has been made, so a lot of people still think Iizuna Kogen will be closed. By the way, this picture is Iizuna Kogen:whistle:?. I mean, this picture was attached to the Melco's ski resort press conference news. No explanation, so it might be irrelevant to the ski resort they bought (or will buy):p
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    Pretty certain that's not Iizuna Kogen (or Iizuna Resort). Not sure either of them could conceivably be upgraded to 4-5 star level.
     
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    I heard it's Oku Shiga Kogen, not sure if it's true or not, though. If it's true, it's a big news!
     
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    Nope, not there either. Base area is different. Single lifts, not twin.



    It's Shigakogen Takamagahara Mammoth Ski Area

    Could they be buying the whole thing? That'd be a serious game changer.
     
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    The picture might be irrelevant, though. I mean, in the very first press release, Oku Shiga Kogen was written, then it was soon changed to "Nagano", then it was changed to "Deep in the mountains, close to Tokyo" in the end. But, not sure what I heard is true or not.