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Nozawa Onsen 2013/14 Thread

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

  1. BobGnarly

    BobGnarly One of Us

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    seen 2 rbt stings in my travels this year
     
  2. BobGnarly

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    how much snow on the hill this morning? Iiyama seems to have missed out on the bulk of it
     
  3. Pelm1

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    Probably about 10cm's from 4pm was still snowing when I went to bed, has not since 6am.
     
  4. BobGnarly

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    concur. Noz missed it
     
  5. dr80

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    Snow should kick back in about 1pm jst (according to the reliable folk at jma)
     
  6. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    For those folks there at present, there's been a few accidents including a very serious one to a foreign seasonal worker. They are having a fund raiser for her tomorrow night if anyone wants to get along. Also, take care out there.
     
  7. kathfern

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    Is that the lady who does massage M_G?
     
  8. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Not sure Kath. I think she may work for Nozawa Holidays.
     
  9. Pelm1

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    Broken pelvis, no insurance, skiing back country. Nuff said.
     
  10. BobGnarly

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    no insurance?
    Who does that?
     
  11. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Quite a few people I think!

    From reports she was very lucky because some guys came across her and helped her out. If they hadn't she probably would've been in serious trouble.
     
  12. gibbsy

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    The little dark haired girl? No insurance? Skiing alone? She'd be not much bigger than some of the ice cookies,and far smaller than some of the holes. She gonna PAY- treatment, repatriation, etc.....yikes! (hope she gets better quick)
    Question: Why is Nozawa topping the reported injury list this year?
    a: fair n square on the punter radar
    b: snow has never got to make-epic-pow-season-levels-but-people-dont-care-cause-dammit-I-worked-hard-for-this-trip-and-got-these-sick-new-powder-skis
    c: the place is a trap set by malevolent mountain spirits.
    d: The kamoshikas aren't around
    thoughts?
     
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  13. kathfern

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    Yes that who I thought it was M_G, lovely young lady how sad :o(
     
  14. kiltedrider

    kiltedrider First Runs

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    Arriving in Nozawa on Sunday with my gf who has never seen the snow (I've done a couple of seasons in VIC). Would be great to catch up with some crew on the slopes, in the bars or both :)
     
  15. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Does your gf need an instuctor?
     
  16. kiltedrider

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    There's no question about that Hotsaki, although she was planning on getting daily group lessons to keep the cost down. Do you do group sessions?
     
  17. BobGnarly

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    my gf got group lessons quite a lot on a week day and was the only one in the lesson.
    Without season pass discount it costs 4000 yen.
    I noticed a few "backyarders" that were clearly coaching noobs on the hill
     
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    Cheers Bob! Sounds like good advice and duly noted :)
     
  19. hotsaki

    hotsaki One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    No sorry, my mate Dr Phil does group physchotherapy sessions but I hope we dont need him this trip.After all we wont be in Niseko.What date you leaving?
     
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    No friends today, epic!
     
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    Yes, today was epic. Skied the deepest powder I ever have the past 2 days, esp. today within 30m or so rhs of the Yamabiko 2nd quad, down Kurokura (shoulder snowash!) & also Yamabiko B, Grand Prix & Jumping. Deepest powder on groomed runs down Yamabiko A too- early that was awesome.
     
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    The village, terrain & trees absolutely beautiful today after reasonable snowfall most of yesterday, increased last night, & often dumping today. So good to be out in it!
     
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    So its just over a week until I head to Nozawa for the first time and I am starting to consider what I will be taking with me.

    I don't plan on going backcountry - that said I will be spending a fair amount of time off piste. I have 4 seasons of experience in Utah ..... whilst there are some similarities (tonnes of snow); I recognised there are some differences. Being my first time in Japan I have a few questions:
    gear:
    1. is it worth taking skins? - with an AT set-up and some skins you can get to some extra goods in Utah without going "backcountry" - is it worth it in Nozawa? or can you ski everything off the lifts?
    2. should I take an avi beacon? with the rest - probe, shovel etc?
    3. day pack with extra layers/gloves & snacks/water
    telecommunications
    With international roaming and a casual data pack (Telstra) I can apparently get some service through eAccess, NTT DoCoMo and Softbank. I will not rely on this as I hope there are some free wifi options...... what are the wifi options in Nozawa? We are staying at Ryokan Jonnobi and our friends are at Address Nozawa.

    laundry
    In deciding how much to pack - the presence of laundry facilities is an issue. Is there a Laundromat in town?

    Any advice is appreciated. Regards, David
     
  24. BobGnarly

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    skins are your call, there is a lot of terrain available without skinning though. There isnt a really obvious peak that you will want to get to etc as the lift system gets you to the top, using skins will be to get you over the back on days when it is tracked out in the resort.

    Take your avi gear. No question there, there is avalanche terrain just out of bounds and you will find yourself in there
     
  25. gibbsy

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    2&3. Wouldnt really worry about skins. Jonnobi and Address Nozawa should have well equiped wifi and laundry should not be a problem. Most hotels will do washing or let you use their machine. those are at the upper end of the scale so imagine would have laundry service in place. Why not ask them?
     
  26. Tropical

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    Thanks for the info. I have emailed the hotels and I am awaiting a response.

    I have just ordered a beacon, probe & shovel from backcountry.com - hopefully it arrives in time...... I leave on the 28th.
     
  27. Pat42

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    Hopefully you will be riding with a partner that also has a beacon, probe and shovel. And have training etc etc. The amount of solo riders i saw with gear was crazy.

    Its not a magic bullet. Especially this season.
     
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    I have experience using probes/beacons/shovels in Utah. I went out into the backcountry about half a dozen times and we had practice sessions with them each time. I have ordered the same beacon that my mate lent me in Utah ....... now I just hope that it arrives. I will be skiing with someone who is very experienced in BC (Utah, France & Austria).

    I have previously ordered from the US and the gear arrived in less that a week - is backcountry.com normally the same for shipping?
     
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    Stayed at Address Nozawa, they have 2 washing machines plus 2 dryers.
     
  30. PMG

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    Ordered something from Backcountry last month - arrived within a week. You can also check on its progress all the way.
     
  31. BobGnarly

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    Even if I ride solo I take gear, you might meet up with a crew or you may be able to save a stranger.
    The decision to ride solo can be managed with terrain choice but thats a whole other topic/thread
     
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    Silver bullet?
     
  33. Pat42

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    Was tossing up between silver bullet and magic bullet......

    I dont think you can really reduce your exposure that much in backbowl etc. You are pretty exposed the entire time.

    Would be interested to hear damians interpretation of how backbowl would sit on the ATES
     
  34. hotsaki

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    Goodbye Shiga Kogen now for Nozawa Onsen.
     
  35. argento

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    If anyone needs lift passes for NO I have at least 5 i won't be using. Did my knee. I think they go of 4000 and are part of that super pass that allow you to go to other ski places such as madarao and others. PM if you are interested
     
  36. mick chopps

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    Poor girl. She does indeed work for Nozawa Holidays at Lodge Nagano I think. Was riding backcountry (skiers left off the top of skyline I think) and hit a death cookie. Propelled her into a tree and as mentioned a broken pelvis was the result. The crew she was with carried her out on her snowboard, she was in a pretty bad way apparently.
     
  37. Sandy

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    Dammit you are kidding!!!! :(

    When you say you "did your knee", what have you done to it?
     
  38. argento

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    really unfortunate:(. Just got back from Nozawa IINN (hospital here. BTW service is top quality) and doctor confirmed I pulled/extended my medial ligament. I have to say, after the cracking noise it made when it occurred, I though it was the ligament. So, unfortunately for me, no more skiing for this holidays. That really sucks!
    Therefore, got the lift passes I now need to unload. Will make my way to Villa Nozawa to see if there are any buyers.
     
  39. Bluebird

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    I bet he wasn't getting on a chairlift at the time! :D

    @argento, in all seriousness, that sucks! I hope you haven't done any serious damage and hope you can still enjoy your time in Japan.
     
  40. Angus_McCrory

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    Damn that is no good. Get well soon and try to enjoy the rest of your stay.
     
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    Just back from nozawa, awesome holiday, am I right in remembering there was a bus connection that took skiers from nozawa to shiga early in the morning? Thinking of next trip already, 4nights nozawa and 3 nights shiga. Loved the village at nozawa and also shiga had fantastic intermediate slopes for us.
     
  42. BobGnarly

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    medial ligament is the best ligament to hurt. It heals itself and down time can be minimal.
     
  43. argento

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    Thanks lads for the heads up! Feeling more optimistic.
    Yes Bob, that is what the doc said too. Is it vulnerable to reinjury once you've extended it once or does it go back to normal?
     
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    I did 2 at once quite a few years back. Not easy to sleep from what I remember. Took about 6 to 8 weeks to heal properly. Have the occasional twinge sometimes but nothing more. Good luck with it. How did the new gear go?
     
  45. Angus_McCrory

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    At least you got to Nozawa, I tore my hammies off the bone back in October and rather than spending two weeks in Nozawa in January/February have taken 6 months of rehab instead. Not a good choice.
     
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    I am flying out tonight to Tokyo via Singapore. We'll be in Nozawa staying at Ryokan Jonnobi from Saturday to Saturday....... fingers crossed for some powder next week.
     
  47. argento

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    @PMG Gear was great. Got Salomon X-wing 6 for around 12,000 yen at London sport; am quite happy with them. hey, when you mention that you get the ocassional twinge is that when skiing or playing sports?
    @Angus, I read about your nasty injury here. sounds like you really got a handful. Hopefully you'll be fully recovered come next season!
     
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    Actually it's when I bend down sometimes. No problem skiing at all except on the rare occasion sitting on chairlifts w/o foot pegs.
     
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    Hey pmg did the doc recommend any sort of exercise for a better recovery?
     
  50. Angus_McCrory

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    @argento See a good sports physiotherapist (Mine was with the ARU for over 10 years). And do the rehab.... my curent regime takes over 2 hours every day.
     
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