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Discussion in 'Japan' started by Hyst, Oct 13, 2019.
Shush. We are finally seeing through his gruff Austrian exterior.
except he is Danish
Danish are just upmarket Austrians to me. (c;
Yes, you have no idea about quality and details.
First af all you should measure Copenhagen - Nordcap, Copenhagen - Sicily, Copenhagen - Ural, Copenhagen - Irish westcap, und you will learn that we live in the center of the cultured Europe.
Thanks, I find Shiga nice - hope you get a bit more snow when you come.
Cake break at Takagamahara, and the dusting I reported this morning in fact have become 5 cm before the sun broke through.
Break over - wife pushing doing her boots.
Lovely lunch had with @Hyst and Mrs Hyst! Followed by an afternoon skiing! Very easy to follow the man in red and black as I was twice as likely to end up in the right place!
I have to say that staying at Shiga Kogen when the Hysts are there is a good move. He promised bluebird yesterday and a good day today and snow tomorrow. 2 out of 3 so far!
Thank you very much for a nice day @sn0wbunny29 and Snowbuck.
Some people talk about skiing , while others go strait into science and business.
I even did not get reprimanded for my english writing by the expert.
Lets see wheather I can deliver tomorrow and day after tomorrow.
Snowbuck and me keep a close eye on the to females to avoid confusion.
Happy skiing and stay safe.
Is that the lunch spot at the bottom of Terakoya?
"...and some snow ..." - check!
Changing to snow condition:
Sct. Christoph restautant at Okushiga Gondola is nice inside - has some atmosphere.
Hire katsu teishoku was good with beer.
That's our favourite on snow Shiga eaterie. Is the resident Tanuki still living underneath?
Thank you @Hyst ! I can safely say that you have delivered.
The pastries are good at St Christophe. We tried Le Chamois today which was not so good.
@Untele-whippet, I will look for the Tanuki and report back! I'd love to see one.
Sorry tried to stay high, so did not look that low, but I noticed @sn0wbunny29 goes that low..
Now waiting for the bus at Yakebitai gondola 1.
No energy left except for onsen.
@Kimski, thank you for bringing the snow along otherwise @sn0wbunny29 would have been angry with me.
Nice skiing this afternoon on Yakebitai not many people left on pist - hear two Japanese men at noon looking out of the window saying - how depressing now it is starting to snow.
Tomorrow will be THE DAY!!!!!
Saw lots of minions at Ichinose today. Pretty easy to avoid at least
They flooded over to Yakebitaiyama!
I've finally managed to put together a video of our recent family trip to Shiga Kogen, and this might give others an idea of the views, beauty, terrain etc on offer at Shiga. Keep in mind this was taken between 18-26 January during Japans worst ever season, and while most other resorts had marginal snow. Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed Shiga Kogen and will be back again, hopefully next year.
Gear video - Terakoya slow with view - very fast daughter! And everything else!
Sorry, that was not quite true:
Awesome video. About 20days to go for us.
Footage is very clear what camera were you using??
I’m tealky enjoying it here. Hotel is filled mostly with Australians and some of them have ‘adopted’ me (I’m travelling solo) which is just lovely.
I’ve had a really bad month back in Australia so it’s nice to see the good side of Australians and human nature in general
Snow near where I’m staying in Giant is a bit icy / patchy in places but further over towards Okushiga today it was really lovely to ski on.
Thanks mate. Camera is GoPro Hero 8
Car-o-meter does not show correct- wind just to hard.
But i seem like it has snow here too.
Seems like I anyway have to ride the powder.
Might even become powderjunky at my age on piste ski?
Last full skiing day.
Don't hope I get expelled for copyright violations, but I do so much agree:
How old are you?
16 seen from what I write on here.
But you could switch number and get close.
So I'm older then!!!
Hyst-san looks young and healthy, so he can keep skiing for more than 15 years and I think he can acquire new tastes such as raw egg and Natto.
Edit: If you say you are 16, I'd say "I'm Forever 20". You know, 19 and younger are not allowed to drink here in Japan
My balcony is showing a goodly depth of around 10+ cm and it's still coming down! Not sure if any lifts will be running yet but watch this space!!!!
Met 89 year Japanese skier her in hotel - so.....!
Drinking is a problem for me, I do know.
But Natto ond raw eggs has been no go fot 38 year and will be next 38 years.
They are owner couples of one of Zao's ski-in ski-out hotels. The husband is 78 and wife is 74(If I remember correctly). They are seen on ski slopes almost everyday. The husband boasts "I ski 120 days every year" and I often see 75 - 80 year old skiers in Zao. Tonster-san gave me a mantra "Motion is lotion", so skiing might keep us young and healthy
Looking at accom and resort options for Jan21 - Okushiga Kogen looks to be the best ski resort option for us as our young kids will need to be at Shiga International Ski School.
Do you guys have any tips for accom that aren’t too far from the ski school, without staying at the Okushiga Kogen Hotel – which doesn’t look great in terms of the hotel quality, village/food options? Also happy to stay at a village further away if getting to the ski school via shuttles etc isn’t too much of a mission.
Really appreciate any tips for us first time Shiga Kogen visitors. Used the shuttles in Myoko and Hakuba and it was very easy
We're at the Grand Phenix but if that's not your style then there are a couple of smaller pensions to the side of us. I think one is the Christiana. Snow is great at the moment!
You can easily stay anywhere in Ichinose. Okushiga is <15 mins from there on the shuttle and it’s pretty empty going that way each morning.
Thats my retirement plan. To buy a ski lodge in Japan
I state my age on the forum but not date of birth. And you had many years training in the powder.
And notice I said "closer" not exactly.
That is the place to go.
okay change of retirement plan
Are you still locked up? Can't came back from Okushiga it seem.
Thanks elspike - thats really good to know. Is it easy enough to travel between ichinose and okushiga via lifts if one parent takes responsibility for drop offs?
Would you say having a car in Shiga is the way to get around? Trying to make travel with a family of 5 as easy as possible.
I often see owners sell their lodges to their guests at very low prices. Japan is a country of scrap and build culture. I mean, 30 years old or older houses are often estimated 0 Yen. The owners of 35 - 40 years old houses can expect only the land prices when they sell their houses. A lot of ski resort lodge owners in Japan are the same. They can't expect much money by selling their lodges, so they rather choose to sell their lodges to the people they like. My point is, if you see old owners (= the owners who are likely to retire in the near future), try to have good relationship with them. For example, write New Year cards to them(New Year card is a big traditional culture in Japan) every year and they will get to like you and sell you his / her lodge at very low price.
I think Japan is a cheap destination to live after retirement for Australian. It's like a lot of Japanese people live in Malaysia after retirements. Malaysia is cheaper, so they can make the most of the pension and they prefer "the warm climate" (no winter in Malaysia)
Still snowing heavily in Takamagahara
Lunch got a bit late - skiing was just to good .
We share such dish (except the beer of course), as we get heavy Japanese meal in the hotel.
Some os the minionce behaved like sledge dogs and rolled themself together in the snowstorm:
Looked pretty used up.
Very easy to get between Ichinose and Okushiga via skiing. Hopefully this is pretty clear:
Just checking: Are you doing SISS group or private lessons? If private, your instructor will meet you at your accommodation regardless of where you stay.
I would not bother with a car pretty much regardless of where you are staying in Shiga. If you are staying in Ichinose, everything is walkable for dinner. You can ski between everything in the main part of Shiga and can take the shuttle to get over to Yokote.
The only caveat to this would be if your kids are too small to do their own gear. If that was the case I'd be staying as close to the ski school as possible and finding a place that has a restaurant attached.
So you're not actually planning to retire? You're planning to run a lodge and not get to ski?
Also depends on conditions and age of kids as well. I've done that route on a big powder morning (thigh deep on a adult before getting to the Gondola) ............ no way a small child would have made it. Well maybe a small Austrian grommet with a very long snorkel!
It was a day of two halves for me today. I was keen to get out in the fresh snow but the wind and low visibility had me skiing defensively and as a result I ended up with a terrible cramp in my calf and ski/limped my way back to the hotel swearing that this was it, I was never going on a ski holiday again.
I changed back into ‘civvies’ and grabbed an early lunch at Aspen before retiring to my room to read for the rest of the day.
Around 1pm I noticed the wind wasn’t as bad so decided to give it another go. After all, if I was still in pain it was pretty easy to go back
I actually had a great afternoon. Still had to stick to more sheltered areas but the visibility was better and my skiing was actually not too bad at all. I even got some powder on piste
Tomorrow I’m joining a group from the hotel to ski / bus over to Yokoteyama.
Try and suss out the wind direction and head for the leeward side aspects in Shiga when windy and snowing. Glad you went back out and had fun.
Today was a day of snow play for us bunnies. Snow was tanking down making for flat light which is not good for VI.
So we rugged up and went and played!
Then came back for....
Tomorrow we will be at first lifts!