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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Nozawaman, Jun 21, 2017.
Summer turns .....
Certainly generates some speed. What kinda of damage would you do yourself or your jacket if you took a tumble?
No more than winter in OZ now.
Happened so fast
Been to number 2, 6 and 12 on the list. Looking forward to number 7 in January.
Going to no. 10 in Jan.
Can't believe Takagawara didn't make the cut.
I was reading Five year plans of Nozawa Onsen. It says they will renew Nagasaka Gondola and its route too. The current route of Nagasaka Gondola is Nagasaka Station - Yunomine Station - Yamabiko Station but New Nagasaka Gondola will go straight up to Yamabiko Station without going to Yunomine Station. They will renovate & expand the bottom station. They will make a new top station on the top of the mountain. The new top station building will have restaurants & cafes with 650 seats and some shops.
I don't see the logic in spending that sort of money on a new gondola, when the old one is perfectly ok, with a mid station that is useful.
If they build a new one, better off building it just down the road, the southern side of Car Park A, then up to the near the top of the Skyline link lift and observation tower.
And then cut a new course down to the top of Nagasaka quad lift.
They say Nagasaka Gondola is old, so it's time to replace & renew it. Most lifts & gondolas were built around 1990, and they will become 25 - 35 years old by 2020. There are 21 lifts and gondolas in Nozawa Onsen now and they say they will make the number 16 from 21. Each lift & gondola will become faster and longer.
There is talk that Challenge Pair will be removed ....I hope not !!!!!
They need more quick lifts to get you from the base areas up to the plateau for quick laps rather than having to skate all the way back down to the gondola. Challenge pair (I'm assuming is the one lookers left from the base and operates only on weekends) was by far my favourite when I visited years ago.
Nozawa Onsen is a popular ski resort, and they've been attracting increasing number of skiers from abroad in recent years, but still, Nozawa Onsen had a lot more skiers in 1985 to 1995 = economic bubble & ski boom era. Most lifts & gondolas were installed between 1985 and 1995, and they will become 30 to 40 years old by 2025. They need to renew most lifts & gondolas by 2025 but I guess they don't have enough cash to renew all of the 21 lifts & gondolas they have now or they think they can make the resort better by smaller number of faster longer lifts & gondolas with better layout.
In the next 5 to 8 years, Japanese ski resorts will face turning points. I mean, most lifts & gondolas in the other ski resorts were also installed between 1985 and 1995, so they need to renew their lifts & gondolas in the next 5 to 8 years. I think Japanese companies such as MacEarth and Nippon Ski Resort Dev and foreign companies will keep buying Japanese ski resorts and they will renew the gondolas & lifts. MacEarth bought a ski resort for the first time in 2008, since then, they keep buying Japanese ski resorts and they own 37 Japanese ski resorts as of 2017. Just like MacEarth, Nippon Ski Resort Dev is also buying ski resorts. Now they own 4 ski resorts in Hakuba Valley, and they will make headquarters in Hakuba before coming winter. Foreign companies will keep buying too just like a Chinese company bought Tomamu, a Korean company Lotte bought Arai and lots of foreign companies have been investing in Niseko and ski resorts in the vicinity. Arai to Nozawa is only an hour by car / bus, so I hope Lotte will invest in Nozawa too
Lifts installed in the 80's and 90's are the 'new lifts' at most Australian resorts!
Maybe, heavy snow, high winds, earthquakes, etc age lifts in Japan faster
I think we are cheapskates!
Most frustrating thing about Nozawa for me is how little Khandahar is open.
Is it true it is controlled by a separate entity, ie a race club and they chose when it opens ?
A fantastic run with excellent pitch that should be open every day cover allows
A bit of walking gets you there anytime you want
It does suffer from a bad exposure though , but first up or an overcast day it's pretty sweet.
You can see when it's open on their website. Red square = the days when it's open. 西 = west course, 東 = east course.
It's the schedule of 16 - 17 season and the schedule of 17-18 season will be on their website before the season starts. Kandahar courses are FIS official race courses for Giant Slalom and Slalom. To prepare for the races, they need to close the courses.
I know her.... Aussie. Daughter of members of my ski club at Mt Hotham.
Haha, I knew she is Aussie, so I chose the video of many videos about Kandahar race courses, expecting Sandy-san and some people here would know her.
We go to her parents place every year for cup w/end
Hello peeps. New to this forum. Not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but a group of 4 of us are planning a trip to Nozawaonsen in Feb18 (2 begineers and 2 first timers).
Was wondering if there are any variety in ski schools to choose from? and if there are any recommendations for schools to go with?
Googling usually just brings me to the one ran by the resort.
That's pretty much it apart from a couple of freelancers. If you book with locally based Nozawa Holidays they have some in-house instructors. Suggestions @Nozawaman ?
That's the only one you need IMO .
Cool. Thx for the advice @Nozawaman
Hi guys, first time post so apologies if this isn't the best place to ask . . .
I'm going to be in Nozawa for two weeks in January with the family. We are all experienced skiers and want to rent reasonably good skies so we enjoy the experience. Can you give me any advice/info on how the ski rental options compare? For example, are certain shops more focused on high quality equipment rentals versus "get trashed by ski school" options?
The ones I've found online include: Salomon Station, Snow Sports THANX, Shirakaba rental, Nozawa Central Rental and Mt Dock Ski Rental.
Can't go wrong with any of those .
I hear reports that the bakery at the top of Yamabiko stopped making the apple and custard buns last year?
Any chance Nozawaman can have a word and fix this travesty?
Not true ...... It's actually top of Nagasaka Gondola
My go to snack on a powder day . Get out of gondola , grab 2 pastries keep going .
My family must be telling me lies then.
Thanks @Nozawaman - my faith and waistline will be restored.
For the people who are staying at both Nozawa Onsen and Shiga Kogen
First shred of the season!
Starting to look like winter ....
Got an email yesterday saying Nozawa is planning to open next weekend.
I think Nozawa were planning to open on 25th November regardless. That was mentioned some weeks ago
Yep but only if there is snow.
Is early if it happens and lifts start turning
Geez, needs a hell of a storm for opening that area...
Ah, they opwn qirh rolerskis.
This morning ..
Must have been rather drunk.
Anyway, time to put the rollerskis away.
Drive down will be fun