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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/
     
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  3. BrockF

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    Thanks, will check it out.
     
  4. ratherb@thesnow

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    first time snowboarding visit to nozawa next year, not so much after a full on BC tour but would like to hire the service (say 3hrs-ish ) for a get to know the mountain type thing, best lifts to take and those little tree runs that are always just hidden off the main runs. Any recommendations for anyone wanting to earn a few extra $$? google is not helping me find much
     
  5. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Simple mountain to navigate, you won't have any issues finding your way around.
     
  6. hatto

    hatto One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Def no chance in back bowls with under 3mtr base, scrub is that tall, creeks need that much and avi barriers stop you getting through.
     
  7. Neddy

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    Back bowl is a waste of time until late Jan. Very brushy up high, very lumpy and brushy down low.
    This pic is from the cam at the top of the hill. All these bushes need to be covered up here well before they are all covered at lower levels. And several gullies lead to icy waterfall drops early in the season.

    In early Jan, snowfall is pretty reliable and the best riding is the fresh on-piste and side stashes. No need to look too far then
     
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