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Team Hakuba - Who's going 2007?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by millagorilla, Sep 19, 2006.

  1. Rednut

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    quick question... haven't read the thread in full yet... whats hakuba like end of feb early march? got a good excuse for the folks to pay for a trip to japan around then so might make a side visit [​IMG]
     
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  2. Belly

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    great, we went last two weeks of Feb in 06, I suppose the probability of powder is a bit lower but there will be tons of snow and all resorts will be open so plenty of variety
     
  3. Mark102

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    I don't plan on being anywhere near any avalanches but even experts get killed so IMHO it is better to be safe than sorry and have an avalung. I've seen one happen in a spot in Austria which no one would have predicted. Avalanche risk 2 out of 5, it hadn't snowed for days, someone had already skied the slope and it was no more than 30 degrees. Paedde traversed towards the slope and I was following and the vibration of his skis (or something like that) set it off right in front of him. Preferably I would like to have more than ~ 15 minutes to have my partner(s) dig me out alive if something like that happened again and I got buried. If someone is buried 2 meters down it will take a quite a while to dig down to free their head especially if it is just 1 person digging. The snow isn't so soft after an avalanche.
     
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  4. Belly

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    mmmm, exactly. I'm as much an avalanche newbie as the next person. Just about finished reading "Snow Sense" (Fredston & Fesler), very good read for introduction to avalanches.
     
  5. fattwins

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    if seen 3 avies.
    1 point realease triggered by me and had to hang onto a tree.
    1 sluff slide that i stupidly skied ack into and got half buried.
    1 windloaded convex going on my friend in our favourite area. right on the normal traverse line in things changed in 3 days. friend grabbed onto a tree.

    Look they happen and in hakuba where the off piste is steep they happen more often then in some other places. i prefer to have the means to take care of myself.

    Feb march is great lots of snow usally snows quite a bit and the base is great. Last year was strange actually, i always think of feb as the best for getting into the steepest of terrain.
     
  6. fattwins

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    snowing at the base today it wont stick but
    [​IMG]

    also a 30 meter diameter tornado hit my class as i was teaching scary ship
     
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  7. SnowBenny

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    [​IMG] :woohoo: :woohoo: :cheers:
     
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    FT, your keyboard is losing it again.
    Several Toto's may be seen in the valley in late February on their northern migration.
     
  9. fattwins

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    cant say poop on here.

    it snowing at my house but not sticking
     
  10. Mark102

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    the snow wont last long in this sunshine but tateyama is game on
     
  12. fattwins

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    its snowing
     
  13. SnowBenny

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  14. fattwins

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    actually id rather it didnt snow still too much to do.
     
  15. Mark102

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    It must be important if it comes before skiing. [​IMG]
     
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    It is seriosly dumping down here in Hakuba at the moment.
     
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    TTIUWOP [​IMG]
     
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  19. Toddo

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    [​IMG]

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    :woohoo: :woohoo:
     
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  20. skibeames

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    looks to me that Hakuba has more natural snow already than Perisher had all season.
    I am heading there for the first time in Feb after Niseko for the past four seasons. I arrive at Narita at 6.30pm what are my chances of being able to get to Hakuba by train that night- any thoughts guys?
     
  21. Mark102

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    Look here - http://forum.ski.com.au/ultimate/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=005393
     
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  22. nismo_mark

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    Yay, i will be there on my first japan ski trip from the 31st - 5th jan staying at Villa Hakuba.
     
  23. fattwins

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    My Japanese friend just bought a place here the other day as well he will start self contained accom soon. When the link goes up ill put it up for you guys. Really nice house too, lucky guy.
     
  24. Toddo

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    looks like there might have been a bit more snow over night? there was a bit of ground showing yesterday on those cams.

    Just purchased myself a 159 option northshore (powder specific) board and some new cartel bindings. bring on the snow!
     
  25. fattwins

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    5 cms stuck at the house about 10 plus up top. above 2000 meters there is a great base for any touring lovers out there. The snow might become a bas but Im not sure. If we get another 10 cms to cover the grass then we will have a possible mid station and above base.
    DOnt snow Im re-siding my house!
     
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    is it snowing this morning FT?? on the cams it looks like it could be.

    Do you have any links for current weather and snow info for hakuba?

    cheers
     
  27. fattwins

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    not snowing at 800meters but the snowline looks to be around 1300meters today. sorry havent been watching the forcasts as im too busy to care about snow.
     
  28. Belly

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    There are online timetables for trains, you may be able to get to Hakuba that night by train but could be tough.

    This is a common arrival time to Tokyo for Australian flights and we were faced with the same dilemma. We only have a week available this year and we wanted to maximise our on snow time, solution, taxi bus. Basically a mini bus that's a taxi.

    We have booked one to take us direct from Narita to Hakuba the night we arrive, we are also using it to get back to the airport. Door-to-door so little stuffing around. Our quote is Y11,500 per person one way. Using a basic Y80 exchange rate and its approx AUD145. Not cheap but do the sums on the other transfer options and considering the door-to-door nature I reckon pretty good value.

    We discovered the service when we stayed at Nozawa last year, you can read more about it here: http://www.ecoworld.com.au/asahiya/pages/route.html#Taxi%20Bus

    And their direct e-mail is: otoiawase@chuotaxi.co.jp

    The english speaking contact is Mieko Koide but use basic english only.

    It is a Nagano based service, not limited to Nozawa only.
     
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