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Nozawa Onsen 2013/14 Thread

Discussion in 'Japan' started by M_G, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Updating the Nozawa Onsen thread for 2013/2014

    Nozawa crew list for 2013/14

    Fat Boy: Nozawa resident
    BobGnarly: Most of January
    chriscjtaylor: Jan 1 - 6
    lncrdj79: Jan 2 - 8
    Sandy + daughter: Jan 6-13 (at Fatboy's)
    Bluecruiser +1: Jan 6-11 (at Fatboy's)
    Outnumbered, husband and three boys 16, 13 & 12: Jan 5 - 10
    Geewhiz, Mrs GeeWhiz + 2 boys: Jan 18 - 25
    FLI355 + GF: Jan 10-20 (at Fatboy's)
    Angus_McRory: Jan 10-20 (at Fatboy's) (injured, cancelled trip)
    Jeffo: Jan 10-16
    Drewboy+ mrs: Jan 10 -17 (at Fatboy's)
    Willy + WillyFamily + Another 2 Families (1 Newbie): Jan 11 - 18
    Joe King: Jan 14-20 (at Fatboy's)
    toxicfox + son (15): Jan 14 - 24
    Gibbsy+1 :18-20Jan, 24Jan-2Feb
    Pelm1: Jan 20 - early March
    Courtup2 - 9 adults + 3 kids: Jan 20 - 28
    Bullet+Mrs Bullet + one: Jan 23 - 30
    Kathfern + Daughter: Jan 23 - 30
    Born2ski: Jan 25 - 1 Feb
    Seth: Jan 25 - Jan 29
    PMG: Jan 29 - Feb 7
    mick chopps +3 or 4: Feb 2-8
    oppositelock +3 : Feb 5 - 19
    BofSki + Red Marmalade +2 : Feb 10-16
    Ssar: Feb 12-20.
    Ralphmars +7: Feb 13 - 20
    Winter: Feb 16-24 (+ day trip to Madarao Kogen)
    Fastlaner: Feb 23 - Mar 1 (staying Kiriya Ryokan)
    M_G: Itinerant passer-through (but def there Jan 15 for fire festival)

    Webcam :

    [​IMG]

    Links:
    Nozawa WikiSki - http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Nozawa_Onsen
    Nozawa Packages - http://ski.com.au/holidays/search.php?q=country:Japan&categoryFilter=Package
    Nozawa Official Site - http://www.nozawaski.com/winter/en/
    Nozawa Google Map - https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msi...ll=36.922767,138.448977&spn=0.007162,0.013937
     
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  2. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Joe King at Fatboy's 14-20 Jan. You have been warned.
     
  3. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Could be a problem.... Fat boy's place is a no BS zone.... [​IMG] [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
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  4. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    Geeze FatBoy's place is going to be crowded...... Angus at FB's from 10-20 Jan.
     
  5. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    All updated (and in chronological order). Hope FB has plenty of extra futons - it's going to be one big pyjama party. [​IMG]
     
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  6. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    I am basing myself in nozawa for the main portion of my stay. I will probably spend most of january there.
     
  7. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    I'm based in Hakuba but coming for a couple of days for the fire festival. Maybe a few early January too.

    Hey Bob, need a chick to test some of your boards? [​IMG]
     
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  8. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    Sure smackies but they will pretty big boards ;-)
    You are more than welcome to try one out though
     
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  9. smackies

    smackies A Local

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    Sweet. [​IMG]
     
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  10. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    No futons at my place , queen beds with 1500 TC Egyptian cotton sheets !
     
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  11. Sven

    Sven Hard Yards

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    I have heard Fatboy is not fat. He is just a mountain man with banana skiis!
     
  12. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    True.... more svelte Sven..... [​IMG]
     
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  13. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's creative exaggeration not BS! [​IMG]

    Here, let me fix that for you..
    The place will never be the same. That reminds me. Fatboy, make sure you get plenty of disinfectant delivered on the day I am leaving.
     
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  14. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    I am fat where it counts !!!!

    The bananas are going blue this season also .
     
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  15. Pelm1

    Pelm1 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    And a damn good kisser !!!!
     
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  16. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    DPS.... like... will bring mine and the green rockets (Kastle BMX108)
     
  17. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I want to buy Sandy a beer and M_G a umbrella drink.
     
  18. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    I will have Sandys' he doesn't drink .
     
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  19. Karicta

    Karicta A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Sbs doing food in Japan now
     
  20. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Oki doki.

    Oh that's right. I forgot! [face-palm] Sorry Sandy. A fire engine then...
     
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  21. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Thanks Joe...I think... [​IMG]
     
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  22. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Imagine what I'd wear skiing if I drank!!!! [​IMG]
     
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  23. Fastlaner

    Fastlaner Hard Yards

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    Will be in Nozawa Onsen from Feb 23rd to Mar 1st staying Kiriya Ryokan, then onto Niseko for a week.
     
  24. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nuttun' but a lightsabre. An elegant weapon.

    Imagine THAT!
     
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  25. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    All jokes aside. A drink is the least I can buy ya, bud.

    Last week I found myself utilising google maps stuff contributed to in 2010 by yourself.

    Still paying dividends three years later mate.

    I've almost forgiven you for writing that book.

    [​IMG]
     
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  26. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    No worries Joe, gotta update them sometime soon. Just takes ages to do.

    A lot of people still haven't forgiven me, but hey, that's cool.
     
  27. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Wasn't nagging. Found all I needed. Anyway some more of the proprietors probably should be sharing more the load in that regard. [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    and

    [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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  28. oppositelock

    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    I see Nozawa is building an outdoor onsen. Perhaps FB can shed more light on this?
     
  29. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nozawa already has onsens that have both indoor and outdoor pools. In fact, I'd be surprised if most Japanese resorts don't have at least one of these.

    Perhaps the one you are referring is a new one with large outdoor pools.....
     
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    oppositelock One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Yes it's a new one. Apparently a large one near the Arena onsen centre.
     
  31. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Saw a lot of activity in the carpark there , will ask a few people .
     
  32. geewhiz

    geewhiz First Runs

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    Just booked Nozawa.

    Add me to the crew list - myself, Mrs GeeWhiz + 2 boys, staying 18th - 25th Jan. First time snowboarding in Japan after a few years of NZ trips, can't wait.
     
  33. AJC13B

    AJC13B First Runs

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    Greetings good folk! Kicking tyres on a Nozawa trip in early Feb. looking for info on accommodation suitable for families with kids <5 years old. Specifically close to the lifts (or travelator) and near enough to where the kids ski school is.

    Would love to try Sasa out but I won't put the other guests through an experience with our little tribe [​IMG]
     
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  34. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    This is where we are staying in January with our two little ones. (7yrs and 4yr old) Right next to the main Nagasaka gondola.

    http://gonozawa.com/

    Another place I found was this one, it's further from town but still ski in/ski out.

    http://kenashi.com/rates.html

    I think the kids ski school in Nozawa only does private lessons in English. Someone can correct me if I'm wrong ?
     
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  35. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    There is a new ski school director this season , and hopefully some issues will be addressed with regards to group lessons .
     
  36. AJC13B

    AJC13B First Runs

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    That Kenashi place looks great for our extended family tribe! Thanks for the tip!
     
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  37. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Around when AJC13B? Some dates are getting tight.

    Added you in Geewhiz.
     
  38. AJC13B

    AJC13B First Runs

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    Looking at last week Jan/first week of Feb, or mid to late Feb. Spots available? Would probably book the penthouse
     
  39. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Mid to late Feb will be easier to find something but your snow quality will more than likely be better end Jan/start Feb. Just sent you a PM.
     
  40. FLI355

    FLI355 One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Steve, come earlier mate when I'm there!
     
  41. Bluebird

    Bluebird One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hi all, long time reader but new poster to these forums. My partner and I are planning on staying in Nozawa from Jan 6th - 10th before heading to Hakuba. I have been looking in to places to stay but am not having much luck! We are looking for a double room (Japanese style ok) with ensuite and breakfast around the $100ppn mark. Any recommendations from seasoned Noz experts would be great! Thanks in advance :)
     
  42. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Welcome BC.

    There's a few around still but most with shared bathrooms only. Sent some suggestions via PM.
     
  43. dr80

    dr80 One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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  44. mick chopps

    mick chopps Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Asked this question in the Hakuba thread but same applies here.

    Where is a good place hire some powder skis for the deep days when my all mountains won't do the job? Hopefully most of them! [​IMG]
    What's the sting usually for a set of boats for the day?
     
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  45. Angus_McCrory

    Angus_McCrory Old n' Crusty

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    What is this hire thing that you speak about [​IMG]
     
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  46. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The last pair of skis I bought was 1990. The set before that were hand-me-downs from the early eighties.

    I resumed skiing a few years ago and showed up at P with my long and leans. Got either laughed at or yelled at by those in and around the lift queues. Started hiring from BP Jindy cos it was kinda too cheap to worry about.

    Started going o-seas and hadn't done anything about it.
     
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  47. ssar

    ssar One of Us

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    Will be in Nozawa 12-19th Feb 2014 & will be looking to hire (good) skis whilst there,

    Have seen: Rental Shop Tomy - http://www.tomy-r.com/english/ - and believe there are others,

    - Have heard & really like the idea of a handy-positioned ski rental shop holding your rental skis (& possibly ski boots, even though they'll be our own boots, if they'll be stored warm/dry enough to be dry etc. each next morning) over each night so all we have to do is rock up there (possibly in normal shoes) each morning, (change into boots and) grab rental skis, hit the slopes, then return skis (& boots) at the end of the day before heading back to accom.

    Seems we can book online/via email prior, then when we rock up in person during our trip pay them in Yen cash then and there too, which also sounds good.

    Any advice/suggestions for ski rental in Nozawa please?
     
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  48. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    I'm at Nozawa from 6th - 13th Jan, staying at FatBoy's place. I'm sure he still has room at that time. (no ensuite, but half way up the mountain, first tracks every day!!!)
     
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  49. Nozawaman

    Nozawaman A Local

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    Mate I have a few pairs at our place happy for you to give them a go . If you don't like them then we will set you up with some hire skis.
     
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  50. JoeKing

    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Beaudy mate.
     
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