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Advice needed Niseko tips

Discussion in 'Japan' started by dmz, Aug 4, 2014.

  1. Chondro

    Chondro One of Us

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    Every day on snow is better than the day before, alive, having a good time.
    Hate downers on the lift rides, bring the stoke for the current day.
     
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  2. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    After about an hour the bus from the airport to Niseko stops at a toilet stop. As we arrived late that's all there was. Today, going back to the airport, after about 75 minutes it stopped at the same spot for lunch. This time the food store and mini supermarket was open. So if you are getting an early bus from Niseko, you will get a lunch stop.
    Best thing was that when we got to check in at Chitose, we got upgraded to Business class for our flight to Hong Kong!!!! Woohoo! However, due to the weather, most flights are delayed. Ours only seems to be delayed about 15 minutes at this stage.
     
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  3. Donza

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    Mushroom house ?
    Grand piano toilet ?
     
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  4. sourmash

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    Whiteliner = Grand Piano toilet
    Resort Liner = Mushroom house (or toilet only if late)
     
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  5. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Resort Liner
     
  6. Parkesyau

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    Thanks dmz your reports have been fab and I look forward to my trip more and more
    In as far as bad season I doubt it is anything compared to Australia's bad seasons with the patchy snow a crappy 40-50 cm base and those sneaky hidden rocks and trees that scratch your board up
     
  7. Go Native

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    I wouldn't say it's a bad season, it's just not been quite the normal Jan in Niseko. Temperatures have definitely been well above average and the number of clear and sunny days have also been well above average. Some years you would barely see Yotei for the whole month. Normally in Jan I'd be expecting something like 10-30cm of fresh snow pretty much every day with one or two days a week getting 40cm+. You'd expect upper thigh to waist deep snow off-piste for much of the month. This Jan you've been lucky to get knee deep. It's not been bad it's just not quite been the usual awesome. Still as someone who was here for the first time and isn't really hitting the off-piste too much for the really deep stuff it's probably been a great introduction to Japan skiing and quality snow. Just know that it can be a lot better.
     
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    Have a reasonably bad feeling about this GN.
    Hot as hell in NZ, mid 20's maybe higher!
    Australian natives are drought resistant though.

    Ah, I remember.
    An area of expertise.
     
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  9. dmz

    dmz More cheeeese Gromit Ski Pass: Gold

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    Just one more thing - I cannot speak highly enough about my Canon powershot G16. I took it out everyday skiing. Its a portable camera that takes great photos and best of all, it's a portable that takes raw. I had it out in the two blizzards we experienced and it stood the test.
     
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  10. Parkesyau

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    from the map it seems all the mountains connect easily, is this not the case?traversing is no fun on a snowboard, annupuri may have to be a drive there and back
     
  11. Boolugu Mez

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    Annupuri is not that much of a traverse to get to, the top lift station is very close by to the top lift station at Niseko Village - where are you based?
     
  12. Parkesyau

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    Will be near the grand hirafu gondola so a fair way across unfortunately
    And seeing the bus scheduling isn't great seems a shame
     
  13. Boolugu Mez

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    If the top lifts are open it is not that hard to get across and back, it can be fairly busy if you have to come back via bus when top lifts go on wind-hold if the wind picks up halfway through the day
     
  14. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Been a long time for me, but seriously it isn't much of a traverse at all even for snowboarders. Just take the respective top lift and head across and downhill to the area to want to get to. It would be a traverse if the top lift isn't going. Only time you would need to catch the bus is if the gondola wasn't running.
     
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    And you can always go up/down/up/down if you can't stay high enough...
    (Up lift, board across and down to next lift, up lift, board across etc...)

    #4 Ace wasn't running a few times that we went to Niseko Village. Ok...that was a traverse - strapped in scooch or unstrap and walk. It's not far. It's an easy stroll/slide. Might happen...not a disaster...it's all doable on a board.
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    If it is quite windy up high it may be better to stay in whatever your local area is. If you traverse across somewhere else and the wind picks up you may not be able to get back as easily. I did once get caught at Higashiyama when the wind picked up and they closed the gondola, so I was forced to catch the bus back.
     
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    They have a car. If you want to ride Annapuri. Start there. Imo.
    by the time you catch ace quad... then double.. then top lift you would have spent close to half an hour on lifts.. screw that if you can avoid it . Same goes for Hanazono. Drive there and you'll get the jump on the hordes
     
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  18. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oh heck yes.
    If they've got a car that's a no brainer!!!!
     
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  19. Donza

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    Especially if the line is decent for first lifts at Hirafu.
    you might line up for 20mins first lifts at ace quad... longer.. then its a race to slay lines at places like Annapuri . With a car you will be on your third lap by the time peeps arrive from Annapuri.
     
  20. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Of course I forgot that aspect. Back when I was skiing there, there was never a race to get anywhere. Queues?
     
  21. Go Native

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    I usually get the Hanazono shuttle first thing in the morning. Never a queue there when the lifts open and I normally get 3 to 4 runs on Strawberries and Blueberries without barely seeing another person. Once the hordes start arriving I then usually head high for some runs down in Fujiwara no sawa bowl or all the way down Jackson's. Generally get fresh lines all morning no matter how many people are in resort. In the arvo I hit up some lesser known spots that I'm not about to advertise here!
     
  22. Vermillion

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    This guy, knows all the secret spots. Doesnt share. What a hardcore.
     
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    Happo on a Saturday bro.
     
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    Cos the 2 weeks a year or whatever he's there there's NO WAY someone is taking his spot. Do you go fishing too GN?
     
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    sourmash One of Us

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    Or drive to Niseko Village which is closer on weekends when they have the 7:30am gondola running. Get superstition etc pretty much to yourself for Y1300 'til 8:30am. Then head across to Annupuri.
     
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    Superstition ? Rename ?


    ( am going to go on record here.. I f..ken hate it when they rename runs at Japanese resorts to anglo it )
     
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    Weren't any anglo names when I skied there. Didn't know the Japanese names either (assuming they were actually named?). It was run from top lift, run right of gondola, bowl from summit etc.

    First run I recall being named would have been Strawberry fields at Hanazono in 1998. That was the start..
     
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    Seems I just found your secret spot ROFL
     
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    Ok, so not sure what it used to be called, but the other runs around it such as Konbu & Zhangi still un-anglo-ised (past the ski patrol building up the speedy wonder rope tow)...

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  31. Donza

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    There was no anglo names at Higashiyama.
     
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    Maybe write a note of complaint to a Hilton? I think I have Paris' mobile number somewhere.

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  33. Donza

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    I Have .... she don't ski
     
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    She dont DJ either.
     
  35. Heinz

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    It was a Prince hotel back then. Did the change of name to Niseko village co-incide with it the hotel being taken over by the Hilton chain?
     
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    what does she do? or shouldn't I ask ? ROFL
     
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    Yes. They renamed all the lifts and runs.
     
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    What does it matter! It doesn't change the fall of the land or the lines you can ride, just get out and do it! I couldn't care less what they call them.

    Oh and Annupuri is awesome, go there, or don't.
     
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    So ... Chinese ski Thredbo in numbers and they rename runs ...hmmm
     
  40. Go Native

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    Nothing is secret in Niseko anymore.
     
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    Ski's like she DJ's...

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    NSW Sponsorship deals:

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    Perisher - Subaru

    2020
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    Thredbo - Hyundai

    Whatever
     
  43. Boolugu Mez

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    Don't bother going to Superstition - it's rubbish - massive flat sections, usually icy, full of moguls, rocks, trees and always full of angry locals yelling "Get off My Mountain!!! Why don't you f*&k off back to Thredbo you goddamn Aussie tourist scum"

    * Note - some of the above may not be accurate........
     
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    After a few days in Hong Kong (awesome city!) we got another upgrade to business class from HK to Melbourne! First time I've slept on a plane. We had originally booked premium economy with Cathay on a sale - the cost of premium for the sale was the same as normal economy.
     
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    Great when that happens! We got lucky last year on Qantas - same deal, same result. It was brilliant.
    Cathay this year....not so lucky ;)
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I don't care what a run or a lift is called.
    And ski resorts world over have some similar ones LOL

    But I don't really think it was necessary to rename and anglicise the entire Higashiyama resort.
    It'll always be Higashiyama to me, I wholeheartedly feel that the naming of it Niseko Village was a deliberate ploy to fool people into booking with them when they thought they were booking in Hirafu Village seeing as a motza of visitors seem to think Hirafu is 'Niseko'. I don't like that kind of marketing, I'm all about the honesty.
     
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    Furano had an off-piste run called Kumaotoshi (Bear Town) which is an awesome name. Several years ago it was renamed Premium Zone which is a crap name....
     
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    Is there any Japanese lift or run names in "niseko village ?"
     
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    Sure is - Konbu, Debasa, Jagaimo, Zanghi, Misoshiru.......maybe more I can't think of......
     
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    oh yeah, forgot about Banzai !