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Niseko 2016

Discussion in 'Japan' started by blutek, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Chester

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    If the portion size has increased somewhat relative to the price increase, then that's ok.
     
  2. streetdaddy

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    Today is definitely a lay day for me, with rain last night and more forecast throughout the day and tomorrow morning ... So I'm trying to make a list of activities to keep me occupied:
    1. Drinking
    2. Eating
    3. Soaking in Onsen
    4. Pachinko
    5. Kutchan Cultural History Museum
    Anyone have any other suggestions?
     
  3. Ramenman

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    I enjoyed a cooking school very much there, but I think you need to book in advance(If you are with your partner / family, Japanese cooking schools like Niseko Gourmet might be great)
    http://www.niseko-gourmet.com/cooking-school.html

    http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaura...o_Gourmet-Kutchan_cho_Abuta_gun_Hokkaido.html
     
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    All of the above sound good. Drinking and walking the streets between the places be fun
     
  5. Ramenman

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  6. streetdaddy

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    Indeed, I'm just trying to wait until midday before I start drinking
     
  7. blutek

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    Train to Otaru.
    Or the onsen bus later,
     
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  8. Ramenman

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    "Love Hotel", it's a Japanese thingy:rolleyes:
     
  9. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Bugger! PB and his mates get in this evening... Only for 5 days! I hope that non-frozen snow sorts itself!
     
  10. blutek

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    Caution for inbounds offpiste today & tomorrow apparently.
    We're at CTS, heading to Tokyo. Tomamu didn't look nice on our departure.
    Most likely season end for us. We got snowfalls most days since end of Jan.
    Back to airfare watching.
     
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  11. streetdaddy

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    Maybe not the best option for me, being solo at present... :nerd: definitely something I would like to visit, just for a little while ....
     
  12. TDS

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    What is it like on ground at the moment? Much damage been done?
     
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    I'm curious some of the reports say this warmth is not that unusual... is that actually correct?? (for this time of year)
    Will be there on the 1st March
     
  14. Ramenman

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    According to JMA, Niseko's average temperature on Feb 13th (village level).

    Daily Low = -10.0 degrees
    Daily Mean = -5.4 degrees
    Daily high = -1.6 degrees

    On March 1st (village level)
    Daily Low = -8.6 degrees
    Daily Mean = -3.8 degrees
    Daily High = +0.3 degrees
     
  15. streetdaddy

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    Personally didn't take a look, seemed a good opportunity for a lay day vs slushy groomers ... It was drizzly rain on and off all day, but didn't seem to heavy. A lot of thaw on the sidewalks. Think happy thoughts :thumbs:
     
  16. TDS

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    Ah well, will be snowing by the time I get there on Tuesday. At the airport waiting lounge in Melbourne as we speak !
     
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    PB and mates headed to Otaru.
    Not worth getting out on the hill.
    Come on snow!!!
     
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    Currently in the Otaru grand looking at the mountains and it looks to be snowing up there. Still rainy muck in town.
     
  19. blutek

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    resort bus up the hill to Kiroro?
     
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    tomorrow? will see what it looks like in the morning but we have no fixed plans so can wait a day or so till it fixes itself up. might just go to asari for a half day and an onsen.
     
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    my cloths smell like bbq and the streets are white again
     
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    mmmm soaplands
     
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    Look what facebook memories came up with today!

    So now we can compare this to the 'new bowl' in twp weeks!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Nothing to do with soaplands
     
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    I know, just made me think of it haha.
     
  27. Ramenman

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    newly opened this month
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    Good skiing out of L-ji gate today. Wind slab still sketchy up the top but seemed well bonded to me a bit lower. Heard the Hirafu summit gates opened, though it was white out and windy up the top. (annupuri sumit gate stayed closed). Austrians in the lodge made it as far as Higashi one apparently.

    PIC burger at annupuri base was well earned.
     
  29. sbm

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    Almost more euros, scands and yanks here than aussies it seems.
     
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    Been that way for awhile I've been told.
    Chinese winning ..
     
  31. LMB

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    How good is that burger!!!! :yum:
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    What do you mean by 'Chinese winning...'
     
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  34. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ahhhh...
    Yes. Got it. :thumbs:
     
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    Sunny windless morning today and hiked up Nitonpuri ridge for a couple of great runs, 20cm of crud skied nicely. The real backcountry of the Niseko range has awesome mellow touring potential all the way to Iwanai, if not endless then definitely extensive, and easy access with onsen trailheads and summer roads to follow.

    Big crowds on Chisenupuri, front bowl was almost tracked out. Niseko peak must almost have moguls on it by now!
     
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    This was at Jackson's hole. I saw them giving him CPR on the road, very upsetting and wished he would make it through. RIP mate. Ride safe everyone.
     
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    Agree. Niseko range has backcountry touring potential. Because of the world-class snowfall, Niseko range's tree line is very low, about 1,000m. And the density of silver birch trees are nicely sparse (not too dense to dodge when backcountry skiing) from the elevation of 400m to 1,000m. Niseko(and Hokkaido in general) has the best powder tree runs for me. I mean, I'm lazy, but the elevations of Niseko range mountains are between 1,000m to 1,300m, which means more oxygen than higher mountains:clap:, so it's less tiring to hike for backcountry skiing:thumbs:. The base elevation is somewhere between 200m and 300m, and the top elevation is between 1,000m and 1,300m, so 700m to 1,100m ascent, it's a good day tour:). If you want more, you have Mt.Yotei (about 1,900m);)
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    Esp if you take advice on the left of page
     
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    Just Jacksons no hole involved
     
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    Yep, right, basically, oxygen deprivation is not an issue when skiing in Japan. Even the highest lifted point of Japanese ski resorts is about 2,300m above sea level(it's Shiga Kogen), and it's even lower than the base elevation of Vail and most other ski resorts in Colorado. If it's at lower altitude, it tends to lack snowdepth and the vegetation tends to be overgrown for backcountry skiing but Hokkaido has good snowdepth even at 100m above seal level, and vegetation is not overgrown even around roadsides. Ski resort base villages in Alps (Chamonix, Zermatt, etc) are 1,000m to 2,000m above sea level, but the roadsides are not covered with snow much. In Hokkaido, the roadsides are covered with snow in the base villages which are only 100m to 200m above sea level. So Hokkaido has a quite easy access to backcountry powder tree runs. Just park a car on a roadside, start hiking, and 600m ascent = 500m descent of powder tree run. That's why I like Hokkaido.
     
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    Niseko needs those transceiver activated gates imo. Scary out of gate 4 this morning. Super wind affected upside down snow, at least one wind slab avalanche evident, people without gear bombing everywhere despite a "very high" danger level in the report.

    I got out of there asap and found a north facing zone, down low in the trees, all to myself for 3 laps on skins, while dozens of people tracked out the face opposite and skied past below.
     
  45. streetdaddy

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    I almost rode straight into one just before the hairpin of the road, on my first run there :confused: traps for young players

    At gate 4 a guy asked us if we wanted to join him to hike to the (closed) peak. We declined, with the obvious explanation. He then started boot packing up by himself, no pack, no peeps, until the ski patrol blew the whistle.
     
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    :(
    Not nice to see either.
    Thoughts to his loved ones.
     
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    Went to Moiwa today, sure was more my scene @Gimp 20cm of wet fresh on slightly crusty leftovers. More on lee slopes, less on windward slopes.

    Patrol was top notch, they let the resort get tracked out before opening gate 10 and then 6 a little later. Good signage - and they had a beacon checker at the gate, with patrol turning away people without packs! Westerner patroller on duty gave us a run down on the way out. Great management.

    Hells gate is good fun too!
     
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    I like it .
    No pack , no beacon = no idea.
    Red light for bc.
     
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    They were doing this at Kagura top gate too :thumbs:
     
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