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Nozawa guides early January

Discussion in 'Japan' started by BrockF, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. BrockF

    BrockF Hard Yards

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    Looking for a guide or group BC/side country day trip near Nozawa for early January. Looking on the interweb it seems most of the guided trips commence 15th of Jan and that is the day we are leaving unfortunately. Is it worth seeing if they will run any trips earlier or any other recommendations for a guide? Will have my own touring gear and beacon/shovel/probe.
     
  2. grantn

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    I would reckon that date of 15th Jan is because at Nozawa you need about a 3m base to be safe in the BC there, in my experience. From previous years they tend to hit that 3m base around mid January. Anything lower than that and the runouts are problematic and potentially dangerous.
    You should be able to ski the trees at Yamabiko slightly prior to Jan 15th, depending on snow cover, because it is up high.
    Maybe try this guy when you are there, and get a vibe off him whether he thinks there is enough cover for the dates you are looking at.........
    https://www.goskinagano.com/nozawa-onsen/
     
  3. BrockF

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    Thanks, will check it out.