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Niseko 2013 - Cams/Weather/Reports/etc.

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Neslot, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. Neslot

    Neslot One of Us

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    The last <span style="text-decoration: line-through">two</span> three years we have had separate threads for both both Niseko and Hakuba, I feel it's a good practise and we should continue it, otherwise the general Japanese thread gets way to congested.

    2012 Niseko Thread
    2011 Niseko Thread
    2010 Niseko Thread

    This will be my last Niseko trip this year, going to be spending some time around Furano, Asahidake, etc. Would love to hear from anyone who has been to Asahidake!

    Hirafu Webcams

    [​IMG] (click for live high quality video feed - some browsers not supported) - LIVE - Hold Ctrl/Command and + to zoom.

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    Hanazono Webcams

    Here. (can't hotlink to direct image as it doesnt end in .jpg/.png etc.)

    Niseko Village:

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    Niseko Annupuri:
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    Mount Yotei:
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    (cam positioned from Grand Hirafu) Cam is offline until Jan, 2012.

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    (cam positioned from Niseko Town)


    Weather:

    Live Temps, humidity, pressure, etc

    <span style="font-size: 11pt">Forecasts:</span>

    Yahoo! Weather

    Niseko Hirafu 6 day Snow-Forecast (usually multiply moisture by 4/5x+)

    Mountainwatch Forecast + Outlook

    JMA - Hokkaido

    9Panel gsfx 500p

    Snow Reports:

    Niseko Now! - daily snow report (updated ~11am each day)

    SkiJapan.com Snow Report (updated ~2pm each day)

    360 Niseko - daily snow report (updated ~11am each day)

    Times above in AEST.

    Lift Info:
    Grand Hirafu
    Niseko Village
    Niseko Annupuri

    Misc:
    Niseko Avalanche Information (daily update)

    Bring on the powder! [​IMG]
     
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  2. Stratus

    Stratus A Local

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    Feb 1st - Feb 14th. Also heading to Asahidake afterwards.
     
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  3. sastrugi

    sastrugi At the centre of it all Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks Neslot, will be following this thread with great interest. Our first trip Dec/Jan coming up [​IMG]
     
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  4. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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  5. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    January 6 -21 for me , staying at White Bear on the main street. Planning to be at the gondola or the base of Hanazono by 8.30 most days.
     
  6. peteski

    peteski Hard Yards

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    January 15 - 21 for me. First time at Niseko and staying at M-Lodge
     
  7. BDL

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    Until the snow falls, here's some of what happened this past season. Danish short on Niseko and area.
    http://vimeo.com/38363142
     
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  8. Cliffy29

    Cliffy29 First Runs

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    First time poster and first time travelling overseas for snow, going to be there 13-28th Feb. I cant wait!
     
  9. Neslot

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    Buddy on mine was working on this, all footage is Feb 2012.
    Never got round to finishing it tho.
     
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  10. StuckinQld

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    Anyone have any thoughts on the different ski schools? We will be travelling with a 6yo and 3 (nearly 4 yo). Just wondering on different facilities/ setup they may have, and if any are better for younger kids. I've seen some of the previous threads, and have heard a lot of good things about NBS. We will be based in Grand Hirafu. Also ProSki have setup ski school as well, any feedback on theirs?
    TIA.
     
  11. TOFF

    TOFF Im kind of a big deal Ski Pass: Gold

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    I took my son (then 9) to Niseko a couple of years ago and found NBS to be the better of the two schools (tried both for a few days).
     
  12. StuckinQld

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    The 3yo needs consistency, he has a few separation issues, so consistent instructor would be helpful,, plus I know he would like to be able to see his sister at some point throughout the day. We are there late feb/mar, so its not peak season.
     
  13. Cliffy29

    Cliffy29 First Runs

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    This is going to be the longest 5 months of my life! I cant wait to ride some real powder.

    I'm trying to decide to take my own snowboard or hire one there. I have a 162cm Sierra reverse crew (v-rocker) (Im 190cm &amp; 85kg), will it be ok for the snow conditions over there?

    Also hoping to meet up with some of you guys so you can show me around!
     
  14. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    I rode an rc in japan in 2011. No dice for me personally.
     
  15. smitty484

    smitty484 Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm a bit over 6ft and 93kg. To Japan I take a 153 rocker and a 157 camber. Mostly ride the 153, but on deeper days or if i'm riding bigger lines I prefer my 157.
     
  16. Mercyrx3

    Mercyrx3 Hard Yards

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    If that board is not OK for Niseko.....your doing it wrong [​IMG]
     
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  17. Stratus

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    Looking for rental cottages in Hirafu for 2 weeks in Feb. Any suggestions? There will be 6 of us, nothing luxurious required.
     
  18. Cliffy29

    Cliffy29 First Runs

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    Thanks for the replies guy, appreciated :)
     
  19. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Get in touch with Tohsan from Pension Fullnote,he has log cabins for rent.Right in the heart of the village.Check his website for contact details.
     
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  20. cerberus

    cerberus One of Us

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    Will be there Jan 03-12 - also staying at White Bear.

    Stayed at the same place back in 2006 so am interested to see how both White Bear and Niseko have changed...
     
  21. PMG

    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You could always try this place. Stayed there in 2004. It's in the lower village area not far from the Yukoro onsen. The shuttle bus stop is just over the road. It's tri-level and can sleep nine at a pinch but 6 would be more comfortable. We had a great stay there.

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    When we were there the owner lived next door and you knew without getting out of bed if it had puked the night before because you'd be woken up by this at the crack of.
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    http://www.niseko-lodge.net/
     
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  22. rikedwards

    rikedwards Hard Yards

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    First post here :)

    Heading to Niseko from Dec 27 to Jan 3. Staying at Kisetsukan in the lower village of Hirafu.

    Just bought a pair of Atomic Automatic 186cm for the trip - cant wait to hit up some of the pow!

    Looking at getting some lessons at the start of the week - does anyone have experience with private lessons? Will they take you off the trails through the gates?
     
  23. shred_gnar

    shred_gnar Hard Yards

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    i'll be doing the season in Niseko this winter.
    i have a small cottage in the Izumikyo area.
    let me know if anyone gets stuck and needs a bed for a couple nights. i might be able to help!
     
  24. blutek

    blutek One of Us

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    Anyone done 90 days on a Tourist visa?
     
  25. shred_gnar

    shred_gnar Hard Yards

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    good question.
    i'd like to add to that.
    anyone got an extension on a 90 day tourist visa?
     
  26. StuckinQld

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    Anyone have any info on bootfitters in Niseko. I'm in need of new boots, and plan to get them before I go, but may need adjustments. Are there any shops that have a reputation for good bootfitters. I do have the option of buying at Larry Adler or Pro-Ski here, so any adjustments can be done for free over there. Or getting them from elsewhere here in Oz (like FootPro who have a pretty good reputation)who hopefully may get the fit pretty spot on, so adjustments would be minimal.
     
  27. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I got mine from Ned at Rhythm in Niseko. Good team of fitters, Ned and another guy there are podiatrists so they really check out your feet, and I did it early in the trip so I was able to go back a few times for adjustments.
     
  28. StuckinQld

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    Thanks Olgreg, I vaguely remembered hearing about one that had podiatrists. My concern with buying over there is that we will be there at the end of feb, so stock in certain sizes may be running a bit lower. IMO I don't have the easiest foot to fit either so that doesn't help!
     
  29. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Contact them beforehand so they can make sure to have a pair onhand.
     
  30. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    You should also think about whether it is wise to get fitted for boots when you legs may be swollen from flying. If you legs do swell it is a big mistake. If not obviously not an issue.
     
  31. webberchoked

    webberchoked Hard Yards

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    havent yet in japan but will be doing 90 days this winter.
    ive maxed 180 days in canada and uk and 90+ days in the schengen zone with no issues.
     
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  32. sir_rhyso

    sir_rhyso One of Us

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    Not all ski schools permit going out the gates. There are guiding companies over in Niseko, some guides are also instructors so you could have a combination of a backcountry tour and lesson. It really depends on your ability/experience as to whether or not you would be taken out of the gates. You should expect to do a couple of warm up runs first as the guide ascertains where to take you.
    Feel free to PM me if you want more info.
     
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  33. sir_rhyso

    sir_rhyso One of Us

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    It's easy to do, just involves a trip to either Otaru or Sapporo. You need proof of funds to support yourself, don't let them think you're working illegally!
     
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  34. StuckinQld

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    Thanks m_g and skichanger. If like to get them here, just so I know I'm sorted. See how I go with a couple of shops over the next month or 2.
     
  35. Powder_Bum

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    First time poster here - going with 4 mates on 4th - 10th Jan, then gonna travel around Hokkaido visiting some other resorts - can't f'in wait!!!

    If anyone has good advice for cheap hostel accomodation in Hirafu that would be great - currently waiting for replies from Owashi, Bamboo and Kanon Lodges.
     
  36. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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  37. essjaywhy

    essjaywhy One of Us

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    Nice thread on the web links.
    [Try keep the unrelated chatter elsewhere ? ! ]
    Question is - is there Topo maps of Niseko/ Daisetsuzen / Hokk to use with Gps on your iphone ? I use ViewRanger and its excellent.
    cheers
     
  38. shred_gnar

    shred_gnar Hard Yards

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    sounds easy enough.
    i called the Japanese consulate in melbourne today and they said i would need to leave the country and come back.

    has anyone actually done either of these options?
    from what i have been reading, only some countries and get an extension. and australia isnt one of them.
     
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  39. Go Native

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    You can fly over to Seoul from Chitose. Just over a 3 hr flight. You might even be able to fly back on the same day. You'll get another 90 days tourist visa on re entry. As far as I know you will have to leave the country.
     
  40. sir_rhyso

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    OK my friend that did it was English, all they needed was his gaijin card and proof of adequate funds. It may indeed be different for us Aussies
     
  41. skichanger

    skichanger A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Someone said somewhere British passport holders get 6 months and Aussies get 3 months.
     
  42. loklok

    loklok One of Us

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    Love the clip. Just fantastic. I'm sending it to the other families who are joining us in Niseko in January.

    A lot of tree work there without helmets - what's the thinking on that?
     
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  43. Go Native

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    What's to think about? If you want to wear a helmet then wear one. I never have in all the years I skied off-piste in Niseko and never got more than a bit of stinging whiplash from a small branch or two. Couldn't hurt to wear one but I prefer not to.

    Here's some fun from last Jan. Hope you get something like this next Jan!

    <iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38121690" width="630" height="380" frameborder="0" webkitAllowFullScreen mozallowfullscreen allowFullScreen></iframe>
     
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  44. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Never thought about wearing one either. Maybe I don't go that hard or maybe I'm just old school.

    Nice vids. [​IMG]
     
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  45. Olgreg

    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I wear one out of habit now - I put one on years ago so my kids would wear helmets, now I feel naked without one. In 4 trips to Niseko I've never felt that I was saved by a helmet, but a mate I was skiing with commented on my skiing tighter lines in trees than him, he put it down to the helmet. Maybe it's as much about the attitude.
     
  46. malibu

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  47. loklok

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    I didn't want to re-awaken the old &quot;Helmet vs No-helmet&quot; debate. I have never mustered the courage to ski very far or very fast into the trees, despite its appeal, and wondered whether doing so would require a helmet (none of my family wear them at all on the snow).

    And the answer is &quot;No. It depends on the person&quot;
     
  48. Jeffro21

    Jeffro21 First Runs

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    Hi guys

    Just signed up....

    +1 for the helmets, but it's a personal choice! Sometimes I don't wear mine if I'm just taking it easy.

    Anyway, I'll be in Niseko from 29th Dec to 10th March, maybe later. I have a few friends coming up in late Jan but aside from that I'll be keen to meet up with anyone willing to share some runs on the mountain and some beers in the pub!
    Cheers!
    Jeff
     
  49. gibbsy

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    yep, did 6 months on british p/port- 90days + 1renewal. aussie p/port you need to do a visa run for another 90 days.
     
  50. Cliffy29

    Cliffy29 First Runs

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    Also keen to meetup with some people to share some runs [​IMG]

    Will be there 13th feb - 28th feb
     
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