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Niseko 2012 (see Page 1 for Cams/Reports)

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

  1. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Donza,Can you expand on that please.Is the grooming of poor quality or not enough?I`ve always thought Hirafu was poorly groomed compered to Annupurri but maybe just more people on the former
     
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  2. Donza

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    No rather the sameness of down flat nature of the runs..
    They are uninteresting groomers in terrain definition
     
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  3. toxicfox

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    Brisbane tonight...Niseko tomorrow [​IMG] Sunday looking cold and windy up high from the forecast, but some good days next week. Still have not decided wether to take my skis or hire there.? Landed on my backside on the rocks at a point break earlier in the week, so thinking my Head SS might be a bit hard going. On the plus side, if I hire from Rythm I can swap from skis to board [​IMG]
     
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  4. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Enjoy yourself TF. A bit of width underfoot will save your arse
    I have to agree with you for once on Niseko Donza, the groomers are basic and boring.
     
  5. PiniPowPow

    PiniPowPow One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Rusutsu was horrible today, just horrible, The neck deep powder got into all my gear and i couldnt see where i was going. I cant wait to get back to oz to ski icey groomers [​IMG]

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  6. Bluebear

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    GN, the snow bank/wall at Gosheki is nearly 4m already.
    Has been some very nasty wind of late!
    Had Chise resort to ourselves today as it was closed due to wind.
    Skin up ride down, good wind blown powder easy 50cm. Enough for a rest day..
    Niseko Grand outdoor onsen, massage chairs and tibetan lunch..
    Lets see what this wind has in stall for us in the morning.
     
  7. Bluebear

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    Looks like you got the goods there Pin.
    How was the wind ??
    Any thing left untouched..
     
  8. PiniPowPow

    PiniPowPow One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Plenty left to go round. It was windy but all lifts open unlike niseko. I think it was the best day on snow i have ever had. Epic doesn't come close to describing it.
     
  9. warhol

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    We went to Rusutsu yesterday and it was epic. Just soo deep with face shots every turn. Almost too deep. A worthy day trip.
     
  10. Texy

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    With out photos or video we can only assume it really never happened [​IMG]
     
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  11. Texy

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    Serious question: what use are poles when it is this deep?
     
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  12. Charles

    Charles Addicted Ski Pass: Gold

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    OK a quick report on how I found Niseko after having two years away from the place.
    2008 was an epic trip for me, snow was fantastic. 2009 was a so so year, a little lean on snow fall when I was there but good for photo's of Mt Yotei.
    2012 was better snow wise than 2008 and at times was wondering what the volcano even looked like as I had to work from memory. It just snowed so dam much. Food has picked up around the place and the coffee is now very good. The bars around the place were quaint but entertaining and it was good to bump into Sam's bar at the top of the Hirafu main street. I did Rusutsu on Wednesday for the first time and if you are there for a week and a bit then defainately do Rusutsu. Tree lines are just awesome and most times will lead to a trail, can't go wrong (unless you hug a tree at speed) they do like their space.

    Back in Adelaide now... Ho hum bug.
     
  13. warhol

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    Last day skiing Hirafu today and I'll post some vid as soon as I can process the footage on a decent computer. All in all, the trip was epic with fresh lines every day, skiing Annipuri bowl, Moiwa, Jacksons, Miharashi etc.

    Barely skied in bounds over the 8 days and after 6 trips, there is unfinished business.

    I still love this place.

    And didn't see too many boguns but I was told others could hear them in the middle of the night. I was mostly too tired to hear any nonsense.

    Cant wait to come back.
     
  14. Julio

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    Hey Folks,

    Don't like to be the bearer of bad news but we have a missing person here in Niseko (Hirafu/Izumiyoko).

    Following copied from a friends facebook page:

    If anyone has seen a man from the gold coast named "David Fitzpatrick" please contact the Japanese police or Rhythm +81 136230164 immediately as he is reported missing and was due to fly back home this morning. He was last seen at Splash bar last night and has not been seen since. He`s about 45 years old,185cm tall,95 kg and brown short hair. He was staying at a backpackers lodge in Izumikyo 2 for 7days.

    Supposedly he was last seen around 1am.
     
  15. Crispy013

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    Tragically his body was just found in the river near Lawsons. RIP
     
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  16. Texy

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    Bad news...
     
  17. Vermillion

    Vermillion Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Super bad news. 2nd one in 3 years now if I remember right. While I dont know the circumstances, never walk home alone in the snow. Pretty simple.
     
  18. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Very sad indeed.We go there for a good time not to die.
    Although I obviously dont know the details ,I can only presume that he was blind drunk and lay down for a little snooze.A deadly one.
    I have done this many times but in Darwin we normally wake up!
     
  19. summit_32

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    Is there running water at the base of the river? I was there a few weeks ago and it looked like it was completely frozen over... Certainly a good 3 or 4 metres drop down from the road level to the base of the river and trying to climb out would be very tough indeed. RIP
     
  20. elisejoy

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    Hi guys,

    I'm a journalist for Australian Associated Press looking into David's death in Japan. If anyone has information please feel free to contact me at elise.scott@aap.com.au

    Thanks in advance.

    Cheers

    Elise
     
  21. malibu

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    I hope his relatives have found out through official channels before you guys release his name. the SMH is suppressing it.

    I don't think there's much else newsworthy in this Elise - please make sure your reporting highlights the dangers of drink-walking alone in sub-zero temps.

    RIP David
     
  22. johnonetrillion

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    Let's not assume that alcohol was a (significant) cause in his demise.

    Very sad news.

    Btw, The Age had him named in their article.
     
  23. malibu

    malibu Hard Yards

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    Point taken John
    Never walk alone off the beaten path a better message perhaps
     
  24. johnonetrillion

    johnonetrillion Hard Yards

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    Niseko 101.

    Anywhere 101, for that matter. But especially Niseko.
     
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  25. ratherb@thesnow

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    a couple of shots from my recent trip to Niseko
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    Thank you so much for the recommendation for Bouken kitchen. We (11) have just returned from dinner tonight and loved it! Great food, interesting location and lovely hosts.

    Snow not great today, a bit warm and soft, but hoping for more fresh stuff soon! Loving every minute though! [​IMG]
     
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  28. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was very sad to hear of David's death - RIP.

    I cam on here to say 7 days and I am on a plane to Japan!

    Can not wait. Japan certainly has had an amzing season so far. Lets hope it holds out a bit longer!
     
  29. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nuclear winter!




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  30. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whatever! Who cares! Its pow. At least i will die happy!
     
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    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    and with a 3rd nipple
     
  32. warhol

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    Yes, of course RIP David. Very sad indeed for his family and friends.

    Have a great trip and stay safe.

    ...and I hope it snows heaps whilst you are there as it did for us.
     
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    Best powder day ever for me today! Fresh snow every run, confident enough to do black powder runs in and out of trees, and great skiing buddies. Can hardly walk now, but not bad for an old cougar LOL.
     
  34. Go Native

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    Glad you enjoyed it [​IMG]
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Almost the same for me Oz Girl.
    Where?
     
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    I have to agree with PiniPowPow I was at Rusutsu a few days ago, horrible place don't bother going there, who wants to ski uncrowded slopes and fresh lines all day.

    And thanks to whoever suggested the Yo restaurant, our group thoroughly enjoyed it although the table of eight next to us who were no shows must have put a dampener on the evening for the owner with all that prepared food going to waste.
     
  38. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Toxteth o'grady? World's stickiest bogie?
     
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  40. Go Native

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    Cool roof pillows

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    Also holds the world record for stuffing marshmallows up one single nostril I believe. [​IMG]
     
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    Relentless is the comment from a Niseko Base Snowsports supervisor, who was involved in the recent Australian Professional Ski Instructors exams which involved 35-40 participants from Level 1 to Level 4 (for the first time), when asked to describe the current snow situation.


    "If snow quality comes any dryer than the last day or two and again today ...I'd like to see it," said Rod White, a mountain guide with SkiJapan.com

    "Thigh deep quality of nothing less than fly ash and areas of waist deep out there from the gates accessing both back country bowls of Annupuri and Fujiwara where constant pluming face shots is currently the the standard mode from riders in these back contry areas.

    "All 25 lifts and our 3 gondolas across the 4 mountain resort should be open for business today and can hopefully expect all gates as well .....we'll know soon enough....Keep your eye on the avalanche report."
     
  43. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi spampress, good to see you haven't changed.
     
  44. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Unfortunately he's now a commercial member Smitty. He gets a bit of latitude.

    Also more unfortunately there's no 'ignore' button. [​IMG]
     
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  45. dawooduck

    dawooduck relaxed and comfortable Ski Pass: Gold

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    pluming face shots in the back contry ... oh my
     
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  46. skee

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    Hi all, I am a long time member under another name but it has been 2 or 3 years since i last posted and seems i can't access my original log in. I'll just cut straight to the chase, my brother and I have decided to venture up to Niseko for a weeks skiing from the 24th of March. Having not much time to prepare, it would be greatly appreciated if I could get some help on a few things.. I will go to ski scene here in Brisbane some time soon, but I'm sure like the rest of you as well, I like to be able to book a lot of things myself:
    Best way there/back from Sapporo to Niseko, from Sapporo to Tokyo.
    Where to stay, best/cheap spots.
    Gear hire, will only need to hire skis and boots.
    Good/cheap places to stay in Tokyo.
    Thanks in advance [​IMG]
     
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  47. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Best way - Skymark - easy to book, easy to check-in

    In Tokyo - Ueno is always our favourite. Stayed in Hotel Marutani in Ueno last time. Was basic but a great location near Ameyoko and super cheap (6,800 for a tatami room and futons). Easy walk from/to Ueno Station. Easy access to/from Haneda Airport (Keikyu line to Shingawa then Yamanoate line to Okachimachi.)

    Will leave the ones in the middle for the Niseko experts [​IMG]
     
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    BIg runs buses get you to the slopes from Sapporo Pretty cheap. If you are just skiing and not sightseeing fly to Osaka, not Tokyo. You'll save money not having to get to the city and back as accom is at the airport, and the international and domestic airport is the same place.

    We use Rhythm for hire, haven't seen much cheaper, and service is great.

    Niseko Lodge is the cheapest accom I could find. Shared bathrooms and a little walk to the town bus, which is free, but worth those extra beers you can now afford to buy. Locomotion is a cheap Pension that is relatively close to the Gondola, I haven't stayed there, but brekky is included and it is a lot cheaper than anything else that close. Check out Niseko Hirafu Lodge, not sure if they are taking bookings as its being demolished in the summer. They quoted really cheap accom for this season but when I booked they had not yet had approval to accommodate guests this season yet (it is very close to the slopes).

    Hope this helps
     
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    Also, if you are doing tokyo, we stayed at the Smile Hotel in Kayabacho, very close to everything, on the line that takes you to Haneda, small, but three nights cost is 22600 yen ($280ish). Book through japanican.com. Cheers to MarkGC for that one
     
  50. Chuck Norris

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    Hey guys, flying out tonight. The charts are showing the snow gods might be nice to us!

    Are there any bars in Niseko that show Australian sport? I know this is ridiculous, but my beloved Newcastle Knights are opening the NRL season next Thursday, and I will be devastated to miss the boys first run.