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Nordic in Nozawa Onsen/Hakuba

Discussion in 'Japan' started by skinik, Jan 10, 2019.

  1. skinik

    skinik Hard Yards

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    Apologies/Sumimasen for possibly a stupid gaijin question... I've read through other threads related to nordic in Japan and may have missed an answer...
    Week long return trip coming up to Nozawa Onsen, mostly alpine skiing, but a recent new found interest in Nordic (classic technique) skiing (via the Perisher x-country 1,5,10k loops) has me wanting to try the 5K nordic course at Nozawa - on the town maps over near the jump hill.
    I need to hire nordic skis, (classic) boots and poles as I'm taking my own alpine gear, and can't carry nordic gear as well on the flights. Does anyone know where nordic rental is in Nozawa? And if there's any special etiquette attached to use of the marked nordic trail courses there? (A donation box etc?). Is there a ski school offering nordic lessons - possibly skate technique as well?
    We're also visiting Hakuba - staying in Happo - but as far as I've read marked trail nordic is not a 'thing' over there? But would love to know if there's a secret trail to go and practice on! Arigato gozamasu/thank you very much - in advance.
     
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  2. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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  3. skinik

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    Thank you :)
     
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  4. bluestick

    bluestick One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    quick reply, great tracks at snow harp hakuba (olympic site) bit of a walk from nearby station or taxi if you don't have a car. also track at bottom of iwatake too i think. I am pretty sure snow harp had hire gear. not sure about nozawa. xc track gear is so lite u may as well take your own. we always do, one big ski bag 2-4 pairs of telemark 2-4 pairs of xc skate. have fun. most tracks have a nominal fee (500yen) some expect you to wear a vest. xc track in japan its pretty laid back & grass rootsish, (bit like here ) unless there is a comp on. photo at snow harp.
     
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  5. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    @bluestick has got it. Out of our area. We do rent both classic and skate nordic skis with a full range of boot sizes here in Furano but not worth sending via "Takyubin" I think.
     
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  6. Rush

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    Pretty sure I saw some Nordic gear at St Anton rental today at Nozawa, check out their website
     
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  7. chriscross

    chriscross One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    You can hire xc gear at snow harp in Hakuba. Great course, super view, a variety of terrain. Enjoy.
     
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  8. skinik

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    Thank you so much Domo Arigato gozaimasu @crisscross @Rush @bluestick @telenomore @Untele-whippet Hugely helpful. Ichi-ban desu ne That's helped me put together a great adventure in both Nozawa and Hakuba. Maybe I'll be brave enough to post a trip report...
     
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