The big Hakuba thread 2017/2018 - trip planning, trip reports, general musings about fried chicken

Donza

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Here is the Happo nighta.
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Zimbooo

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May as well order a $30 ham & pineapple pizza and settle in for some pain / rest day.
 

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What's the damage on the ground this morning? Should be snowing from lunch time for a few days to un-do the r**ns work at least
 
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What's the damage on the ground this morning? Should be snowing from lunch time for a few days to un-do the r**ns work at least
14 day forecast is good with snow every day bar 3, trouble is the forecast stops just before we get there,have to wait a couple more days to see whats in store for when we're there :whistle:
 
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What's the damage on the ground this morning? Should be snowing from lunch time for a few days to un-do the r**ns work at least

Still full coverage on all the resorts I saw from Kashi to Happo this morning so no real impact at all. We got up and went to ride this morning but it was still raining and started to get windy so caned it on the way and have done chores instead.

14 day forecast is good with snow every day bar 3, trouble is the forecast stops just before we get there,have to wait a couple more days to see whats in store for when we're there :whistle:

Any forecast beyond a couple days is a hoax in my experience, much too much local influences so dont stress. :)
 

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If it's a day off skiing due to unfortunate weather conditions..... check this throwback classic out.... John Denver and skiing in full 1980s glory - some pretty awesome snowboarding for 1980 too..
 

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If it's a day off skiing due to unfortunate weather conditions..... check this throwback classic out.... John Denver and skiing in full 1980s glory - some pretty awesome snowboarding for 1980 too..
good vid,, kinda spooky, like looking at a ghost...
 

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Great conditions at TSG this morning with the pow on the groomers being on a much softer base that in the trees and definitely the better option early. Good times with a minimal crowd whilst the sheep went to Cortina as usual. On the flip side the lift companies are particularly frustrating this year with lifts opening late nearly every day. Its simply not good enough.
 
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Great conditions at TSG this morning with the pow on the groomers being on a much softer base that in the trees and definitely the better option early. Good times with a minimal crowd whilst the sheep went to Cortina as usual. On the flip side the lift companies are particularly frustrating this year with lifts opening late nearly every day. Its simply not good enough.
Isn't Cortina shut?
 

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How difficult is it to get a taxi from Hakuba station, and do they have room for ski bags? We arrive mid-morning and our lodge doesn't do pick ups unfortunately.
 

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How difficult is it to get a taxi from Hakuba station, and do they have room for ski bags? We arrive mid-morning and our lodge doesn't do pick ups unfortunately.
Not difficult at all. Ski bags gonin the roof racks
 
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Lucky Petes Cafe and Bar. Cant miss us at the Station. Forum members get the locals discount. Bamboo is currently closed :(
Doh.

I have to confess I’ve been that way tens of times and never been in. I’m usually too excited about the propsoect of proper coffee at Bamboo!

Hopefully I’m there again mid to late Feb. I’ll pop in then. My bad.
 
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I've had a whisky at petes ..sitting outside in the sun. Was quite agreeable.
 

alexmok

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Snow was epic today. There was an icy base but enough pow to negate it. Didnt think it would be anything special so slept in til 9... little did i know what was waiting for us
 
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Today looks like a great day out there
Prob not so much BC wise
11 January Avalanche note:
Lots of cracking in 50-70cm of storm snow on the rain crust being reported from around 1600m-1900m yesterday. Similar conditions may also be found at other elevations. Cracking in snow ahead of a skier is closely correlated with dangerous avalanche conditions. Don't try and outsmart the snowpack. Simple reliable fact: there is a thick warm crust from rain with a rapid load of storm deep storm snow on top. Also do not assume that rain crusts become more stable with time. Sometimes they do not. Sometimes they become less stable. Do not trust crusts on steep terrain.

-damian, MountainLife Backcountry Guiding,www.mountainlifebackcountry.com
 

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Prob not so much BC wise
11 January Avalanche note:
Lots of cracking in 50-70cm of storm snow on the rain crust being reported from around 1600m-1900m yesterday. Similar conditions may also be found at other elevations. Cracking in snow ahead of a skier is closely correlated with dangerous avalanche conditions. Don't try and outsmart the snowpack. Simple reliable fact: there is a thick warm crust from rain with a rapid load of storm deep storm snow on top. Also do not assume that rain crusts become more stable with time. Sometimes they do not. Sometimes they become less stable. Do not trust crusts on steep terrain.

-damian, MountainLife Backcountry Guiding,www.mountainlifebackcountry.com
True, in bounds tree runs today are the go. We fly out tonight!
 

LMB

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Hai. Beware the slab avy.
Take care all.
 

Donza

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Sounds like a good day at 47
Surprisingly, the powder of the technical course was 50 cm deep. It seems that the snow from the last night as well as last night combined, and because of the light snow quality, the snow smoke rises even in a shallow turn, "Face Shot Repeated". Foreigners who were covered with whole body snow were conspicuous, and high - tension cheers were rising there accordingly.

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Hi Guys, Going to do a last minute trip to Hakuba 4-10th Feb. I'm looking for a recommendation for cheap accommodation - that may still be available. I was thinking about Tsugaike but no real preference. I will be there with my 18 y.o. daughter who has two weeks skiing experience. looking on booking.com and am hoping to match a name with something that is available.
 

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Hi Guys, Going to do a last minute trip to Hakuba 4-10th Feb. I'm looking for a recommendation for cheap accommodation - that may still be available. I was thinking about Tsugaike but no real preference. I will be there with my 18 y.o. daughter who has two weeks skiing experience. looking on booking.com and am hoping to match a name with something that is available.
If you want something up Tsugaike way, have a look at Backcountry Lodge Hakuba. The owners Eric and Fumie are the most lovely people going around. Contact them direct to see what availability and rates they have.
 
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