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The Whippets Do Shiga Kogen

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Untele-whippet, Feb 17, 2019.

  1. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Off we go.

    Locked and loaded (ski boots in carry on)
    Checked in baggage 22.5kg each :)
     
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    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Whippet Good!
    :)
     
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    sn0wbunny29 One of Us

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    Very jealous!
     
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  4. Astro66

    Astro66 Still looking for a park in Thredbo Ski Pass: Gold

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    Perisher is Better. :p

    Enjoy. :thumbs:
     
  5. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is that it? Is that all of your luggage :eek:. Much jealous. Where are you staying at Shiga Kogen? Very fond (recent) memories.
     
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  6. Billy_Buttons

    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Shirley just carry-on?
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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  8. Untele-whippet

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    No, this is our luggage.
    Waiting for the Nagano Snow Shuttle now, staying at Prince West.
    Not much sleep on the fight. We watched Bohemian Rhapsody to pass the time.
    Crisp and clear in Tokyo......better than the heat of the past few months :)
     
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  9. Lucky Pete

    Lucky Pete One of Us

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    Fingers crossed for you that you get snow and not rain tomorrow. Go high and Gambatte!! :)
     
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    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    ;)
     
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  11. Untele-whippet

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    We arrived to some rooftop icicle sculptures
    Went for a recon

    Then

    I may or not be alive to ski tomorrow (after wifey wakes to this pic)

    Doing the lazy Prince West buffet din dins.
     
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  12. Untele-whippet

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    Coffee with her milk!?
     
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  13. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    Those milk/cream sachets are very small! (In defence of your wife).
     
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  14. 2ESki

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    Oh boy are you in trouble LOL
     
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  15. elSpike

    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    Enjoy Shiga @Untele-whippet

    Some great runs to be had. Like @Lady Penelope some incredible recent memories.

    Make sure you try the Taco place in the Shiga Grand foyer. The quesadillas are massive!
     
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    JoeKing Old n' Thrusty Ski Pass: Gold

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  17. Untele-whippet

    Untele-whippet beard stroker Ski Pass: Gold

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    Great day 1 on the planks.
    Started off with an all you can eat buffet with the occasional WTF is that food substance experience.


    Headed out and used one of our free lift tickets for Yakebitaiyama, great groomers, no crowds, long runs.
    We put the skis on at the hotel door...nice.

    Wifey hadn’t been on her skis since Switzerland 2016.
    Happy wife!

    The forecast of warm and rainy inclemency sort of turned up about midday with some light sleety rain at the base and snow at the top.
    +1 says Gondolas are great when transitioning through the damp zone.....just like Thredbo 2020.
    We got lost occasionally and even managed to “find” a Black icy mogel run. I knew the error of my navigation as we passed an sign foreboding “unpressed” snow! Wifey was indeed unpressed!

    This is our heated Japanese throne made in heaven.
    We haven’t experimented with all it’s high colonic irritation buttons yet but are impressed with the exhaust fan automatically being activated upon taking the seated position!
    Snow monkeys tomoz.
     

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  18. Lady Penelope

    Lady Penelope One of some lot ... Ski Pass: Gold

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    :cool: I think I could give you a detailed description of each food item on your tray. Love Yakebitaiyama- and I am very familiar with that black mogul run with the “unpressed snow”. My sympathies to your wife ....
     
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  19. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    I honestly think tomorrow could be a good shiga day
    today was the worst of it
     
  20. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    PS when using the Toto. Do not show off the bidet fanny function unless ones vajuss is seated above
    The stream will hit the ceiling
     
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  21. Lady Penelope

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    You’ve clearly had personal experience of this? :D
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Hai
    The Vajuss bidet was one I've not seen
    Much pressure
     
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  23. Lady Penelope

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    I just love the Toto Warmlet loos. The ones in our hotel reception area in Kyoto not only had automatic opening lids but a light that shone brightly into the toilet bowl. Just what one needs :)
     
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    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nagoya was the bees knees
    Full automated bathroom

    Remote was in kitchen

    Fill bath. 120 litres
    38 degrees
    press start
     
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  25. Lady Penelope

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    :p So how are the toilets at the Prince West @Untele-whippet ?
     
  26. Untele-whippet

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  27. Donzah

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    tomorrow is not a bad weather day!
     
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    elSpike I am a Meat Popsicle Ski Pass: Gold

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    From memory they make noise when you first sit down but it stops at the precise moment that one of your children start replicating the 1812 overture in baritone bottomese!
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    The toilet automatically flushed in one place we stayed a couple of weeks ago. Hadn't come across that before.
     
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    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    They're years ahead of us
     
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  31. Untele-whippet

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    Corn Freaks for bleakfrast?

    There is a freezing fog and crisp, moist snowpack.
    Bus to snow monkeys today.
     
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    The car park and roads were ice skating rinks this morning.
    We went and saw lots of primates! (of both species)

    Unpleasant skiing weather crowds (not too bad actually, except the snotty nosed sneezers and coughers)

    One for @snowtyres

    Back at the hotel now, still foggy and now slushy.
    Tomoz is more promising for a ski tootle :)
     
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  33. Untele-whippet

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    It got colder and snowed a little overnight and all today, so although the snowpack was mildly rain affected it was OK....like an average Thredbo winter’s day but no crowds....not bad!

    We cruised long green and red avenues of snow dusted trees. The blacks had some ice and death cookies.

    Hotel Avalanche danger was extreme!

    So we retreated to the Gondola of love :love:

    The wildlife were suitably impressed!

    Still using the free Yakebitaiyama Pass, a great “little” hill.

    It got colder, so we skied home, to the door :)

    There was a nice sunset.
     

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  34. Lady Penelope

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  35. Untele-whippet

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    A great on piste blue bird day exploring nearby “resorts”. Snow was good and no crowds again.
    No pow anywhere but fun everywhere.
    Skied across to Okushigakogen which had fantastic long runs, amazing views and a good eatery.

    Went up to Terakoya via Ichinose Family resort

    Travelled in some interesting small gondolas which wouldn’t take our wide skis in the outside racks, so cosy and cramped with skis inside.

    Blacks, reds and cruisy looong greens were great.

    Big call, wifey said it was the most enjoyable resort skiing day ever.......!!
     
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    Okushigakogen - Ichinose - Terakoya is better ;)
     
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    Great report :)

    I’m considering Shiga for at least part of a trip next year. I’ve done a day trip there from Myoko and it seems perfect for the the sort of skiing I like.
     
  38. Untele-whippet

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    Much colder and snowier today than anticipated.
    Skied from the hotel via many chairs and gondolas down to Sunvalley then back over to Okushigakogen (our favourite hill so far)

    We had to ski down snow covered zigzag metal ramps to access this cute little mini gondola at Higashidateyama.

    Wifey skiing under a bus at Giant.

    Apple pie and cake for lunch at Giant

    The view from Giant back to Higashidateyama

    Engrish!

    I got cool toe syndrome so lashed out on som boot socks.

    Knackered now
     
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    PMG One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do the boot socks work?
     
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    Normo Mostly Harmless Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do the refueling cocks work?
     
  41. Untele-whippet

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    Will let you know in a day or 2.
    Met a couple who raved about them.
     
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    Tastes salty.
     
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    Take blue tablet, ski with strong erection all day if things stay wet.
    Blue tablet not required at Shiga mostly.
     
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    That Higashibitaema gondola is tiny! Only matched by the toilet cubicles in the building at the top (well, the ladies anyway).
     
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    Ps if you get a chance go to the Teppa bar and try some Snow Monkey sake. Very nice ;)
     
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    Billy_Buttons A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    Vet Whippet's...here's a really cool story for you...

    Estonian workers rescued a dog from freezing waters — and then discovered it was a wolf
    Posted about 10 hours ago

    [​IMG] Photo: The animal was brought in worse for wear, but has since made a full recovery. (Supplied: Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals)
    Never trust a wolf in sheep's clothing. Or as a group of good Samaritans discovered: a wolf in dog's clothing.

    It's a lesson three construction workers from Estonia learned the hard way after rescuing what they believed to be a helpless dog trapped in the icy waters of the Parnu river.

    After clearing a path through the ice, allowing the animal to swim back to shore, the three men dried it with a blanket, bundled it into their car and took it to a clinic for medical care.

    It was there that they realised their mistake — it wasn't a dog at all, but rather, a young male wolf.

    Though wolves have been known to attack humans, sometimes fatally, the animal was reportedly more interested in a snooze than a snack after its ordeal.

    [​IMG] Photo: It was only when the three men took the animal to a clinic that they discovered it was a wolf. (Supplied: Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals)


    "He was calm, slept on my legs," one of the rescuers, Rando Kartsepp, told Estonian newspaper Postimees.

    "When I wanted to stretch them, he raised his head for a moment.

    "The experience was new. We hope he will be fine."

    [​IMG] Photo: The wolf was reportedly more interested in a snooze than a snack after its ordeal. (Supplied: Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals)


    The wolf was ultimately treated for low blood pressure and hypothermia, before being placed in a cage and released back into the wild with a radio tracker.

    The Estonian Union for the Protection of Animals (EUPA), which paid for the animal's treatment, thanked the rescuers for their bravery, alongside the "doctors of the clinic who were not afraid to treat and nurture the wild animal"

    https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02...scue-dog-that-turns-out-to-be-a-wolf/10843102
     
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  48. Untele-whippet

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    No wolves today, more monkeys though.
    2nd blue bird day of the trip. Started at -7 and went up to 3. Skiing was great again, dry luverly fast groomers this morning, softer this arvo but not slushy.

    Lady ShiGaGa in all her splendour with Ichinose ski field behind.

    Snow monkeys lurking above the entrance to Aspen Shiga.

    There’s a bear in there.
    Lunch stop at Higashidateyama gondola restaurant.
    @Lady Penelope , yes Fifi reports that the lady’s cubicles are the tiniest in the world.

    The view from the balcony.


    Psyching for the Olympic course. (Not Perisher, no!)
    Lots of snow bladers about and also people skiing with babies in backpacks or even just carrying them!!
     
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    Took the 2 free shuttle buses over to the Yokoteyama and Shibutoge ski field on Mt Yokote, the highest ski slopes in Japan apparently at 2073m and “home on the snow monsters and best quality powder snow”.
    The views were great and worth the visit.
    Comparatively limited terrain, average snow cos of the early spring, no snow monsters, no pow.....

    Mt Kasadake.
    We caught the bus back to Sun Valley then ski / lift hopped back to the hotel via firm and fast or soft and fun slopes depending on the sun aspect.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ya missus has some cred with her whippet MTN gear sticker

    Great pics, keep em coming!