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Niseko 2012 (see Page 1 for Cams/Reports)

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Neslot, Nov 22, 2011.

  1. Fonty

    Fonty Hard Yards Ski Pass: Gold

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    It think you are referring to me not having a computer.... We have 2 laptops we are sharing between a family of four, I seem to be the last in the pecking order.....that is all.
     
  2. ratherb@thesnow

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    Hate to say in but in spots it was bordering on to much snow to day, shirakaba under the Ace Par No 3 and the treed area around Merchen over at Annupuri were insane
     
  3. Fonty

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    Concur.....my midget asked me if there was ever a day where there is too much snow, I said no way, BUT..... I sunk more than once. And the midget ended up looking like a snowball for the most part. Mr Fonty loved it, he is a Swiss Expat though taken from his motherland, so if he needs a snorkel he is in heaven!
     
  4. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    Yes Fonty, the 2 travel essentials. I was alluding to your wanting to post pics.
    donza and I go on about cars a lot and also post this vista too often
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    I was in rehab.
    And I hate that Seico mart door.
     
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  5. warhol

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    Photos from yesterday...I knew it would be epic.
     
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  6. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Please dont use up all the snow.
    I hate that bloody door too.Lawsons for me this year.
     
  7. warhol

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    I'm not there yet. Just keeping myself amused 'til I get there late next week.
     
  8. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    I don't think there's been a single pic posted by a forum member actually on the ground there in this whole thread?!
     
  9. telemarx

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    Toto, you & Donza have got me thinking about a car next time. Probably make a decent contribution to it by saving on accom price not staying in upper village. BTW, I don't want to say I think of you every time I take a piss but your forum name makes me chuckle.
     
  10. Donza

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    Toto would prefer if his name gave you the shits

    Yeah you can stay somewhere like the lower village and use the car every day.
    I would doubt you would start your day at Hirafu once you get mobile.
     
  11. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    mate, imagine how I feel.

    I'm beyond advocating automobiles nowadays.
    donza continues to proselytise, but I suspect he drives a Subaru and there is no cure.
     
  12. Go Native

    Go Native One of Us

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    I certainly never would!
     
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  13. surfie_guy1

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    Hanging at Singapore airport currently, waiting for my connection to Tokyo then onto Sapporo.

    Will provide snow reports once I get there [​IMG]

    Maybe. Unless I'm busy...in the powder.
     
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  14. ratherb@thesnow

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    What's the best onsen in the Niseko area? Greenleaf? Want to take the crew somewhere to night.
     
  15. Go Native

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    Greenleaf is very nice. Do you have males and females in your group? There's a mixed onsen at the Niseko Grand Hotel in Konbu Spa area. There's a really nice onsen on the right just before the turn off to Moiwa that has a great rotenburo (outdoor area). My own personal favourite though is up at Goshiki. Mostly because it's isolated and few other foreigners ever go there and it's somewhat magnificent setting nestled near the saddle between Iwaonupuri and Annupuri.
     
  16. Toto Warmlet

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    well seeing as we have no contemporary images..

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    said onsen

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    dog hikes peak on bluebird day
     
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  18. warhol

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  19. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    great; Pumpkins over rap anytime
    a" home movie" for you guys, (nothing wrong with that at all) , great filming, almost Milleresque without the choppers
    pity about all the skiing
    lone boarder must have quite felt out of it
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    congrats for taking the time and effort and for posting too
     
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  20. Texy

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    Just got warmed up yesterday in the bluebird day and my camera battery was flat so no photo from then, meh the memories will serve me well enough... after 18cm through Friday, it was good out.

    Not much more than a dusting overnight but some nice wind deposits around... been snowing on and off through out the day getting better later and now just light snow but nice big fluffy flakes.

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  21. surfie_guy1

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    Nice pics texy!

    First day on the mountain today..

    First impressions are awesome. Not the huge amounts of vertical I've been spoilt by in big European resorts recently, but the trees and powder amongst them is amazing.

    Never been in a place like this where it's snowing, but the visiblity is so good. On off snow all throughout the day. Snowing again very lightly as I type this. Hopefully picks up a bit overnight and fills in some of the tracks. Will have to start exploring off piste tomorrow and beyond
     
  22. Go Native

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    Niseko is all about the off-piste. The piste is in my opinion pretty crap. You should try and meet up with texy, he knows most of the good spots [​IMG]
     
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  23. Texy

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    Yes the piste is pretty rubbish except for a few runs... I like Annupuri for cruising the groomers. I know just a few good spots GN, but you should come guide for us so it is freshness all day!
     
  24. Texy

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    It was terrible out there today.

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  25. Toto Warmlet

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    you poor bastard
     
  26. malibu

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    How much does it cost per day to get towed around by the man with the stick?


    Sorry - some sour grapes seeping in here driving this desk [​IMG]
     
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  27. Neslot

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    Noice Texy.. Are you setting your gopro to take pics or are they still from a video?
     
  28. Texy

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    I know... wallowing in self pity we are [​IMG]

    I have a chainsaw motor and propeller on the end.

    Thanks Neslot, yes got the GoPro set to take shots every 5 secs, end up with quite a few pictures by the end of the day... so I just keep the 1% that make me look good and delete the 99% that are the reality.

    Where are all the other people photos? Must be more out there who can help me taunt malibu. [​IMG]
     
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  29. Toto Warmlet

    Toto Warmlet One of Us

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    alas Texy
    your pics are the first
    (CM did some on the side)
    The Duke of Facebook hath done the rest?
    so well done squire!
     
  30. surfie_guy1

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    Texy - might have to tag along with you one day if you felt like showing me some off piste goodness? [​IMG] Very keen to go through some gates and find some fresh stuff

    I'm also thinking of paying the 2000 yen and having the lecture/video to get access to the restricted/avalanche training area.
     
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  31. Go Native

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    Don't be too intimidated by the gates surfie (it's Niseko and there's nothing extreme! [​IMG] ). Most have very obvious routes down and out to the lifts or in the case of 4 and 5 which access Fujiwara no Sawa down to a cat track which has a 15-20 min walk back up to the piste.
    Have you had a go in Strawberry's or Blueberry's yet? Or Miharashi, Roy's or Waterfall? They are all easily accessible and it's near impossible to completely lose your way. Gate 7 in Annupuri also a good area to introduce yourself to the off-piste. And you really can't go wrong heading into Annupuri bowl through gate 1.
    Coming off the peak though it's definitely possible to lose yourself in poor vis and if you don't know where you're going.
     
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  32. Vermillion

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    15-20min walk, what are you doing hiking up backwards, or carrying a spare tyre? [​IMG]
     
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  33. Go Native

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    I try and be conservative in my estimates and it entirely depends on where you come out onto the cat track. As you've probably only ever done it once or twice down the same gully you may not be aware of this [​IMG]
     
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  34. Go Native

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  35. Texy

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    Sure anytime... My mate is a bit slow so if don't mind waiting around a bit we can arrange to meet up...

    Just about to jump a bus to hanazono and go over the top straight up... Another 15-20 up there only 5 or so lower . Head is a bit sore today, someone spiked my red bull with vodka last night. [​IMG]
     
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  36. Texy

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    SO you must be getting sick of seeing me in photo's... therefore:

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  37. Toto Warmlet

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  38. Texy

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  39. Go Native

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    With those camera angles Texy you almost make Niseko look steep! [​IMG]
     
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  40. Texy

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    Yeh my mate (in the green) is looking for sponsorship so he needs more pitch to build cred [​IMG]
     
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  41. Vermillion

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    Made me lawl.
     
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  42. Go Native

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  43. Neslot

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    Looks like it'll be next Wednesday before Niseko goes back to normal, i'm hoping i'm wrong.
     
  44. Texy

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    Neslot, don't stress it... anything can happen I reckon, problem could be avi risk if it does dump.

    Anyway with no new snow overnight we headed over to Kiroro. Boot to knee deep to be found over there... it ain't that far away...

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  45. nickmaaaate

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    be there on monday, only 4 days now!

    goddamn im pumped

    anyone to show me around the gates for a couple of days?
     
  46. surfie_guy1

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    Seen some people setting off fireworks over the last couple of nights. Where are they buying them?? Niseko? Kutchan??
     
  47. Roosta_tail

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    May be wrong but I'm pretty sure the onsen on the right just before you get to the mowia turn off sells them. Nice onsen also
     
  48. claydough

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    Your on fire Texy, be there Sun. Pics are great. [​IMG]
     
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    Nice work Texy, ill be there on Saturday. Ill keep an eye out for a man chasing a pole.
     
  50. Neslot

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    Nick i'll show you some gates mate - did you see my PM?

    A couple of places in Kutchan sell them.
     
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