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    i like the bridge! this time of year i have to...

    i like the bridge!
    this time of year i have to shovel snow in to make a temporary crossing.
  2. i carry a toothbrush with me everywhere. havent...

    i carry a toothbrush with me everywhere.
    havent had to use it myself but ive loaned it out countless times for people with frame bindings that are all jammed and iced up.
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    certainly less layers helps, especially anything...

    certainly less layers helps, especially anything with a high collar that might mean your breath heads up instead of out.


    i wear quite wrap-around-ey sunglasses, and I find that starting with...
  4. cool. looking forward to hearing some updates on...

    cool. looking forward to hearing some updates on how it goes during the season.

    interested to see how this deals with icing? and can you put all this back together with freezing fingers in strong...
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    when I was talking to Eric and team (sorry i'm...

    when I was talking to Eric and team (sorry i'm real bad with names!) he suggested that they had heaps of troubles with inconsistency of the bamboo sidewalls coloring and become a real pain in the...
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    the fat skis help float on the snow that hasn't...

    the fat skis help float on the snow that hasn't settled yet, its almost suspended in the air by the grass/sasa and collapses when you put weight on it.
    its probably more important to float right now...
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    I thought it weird when I looked 5 minutes ago...

    I thought it weird when I looked 5 minutes ago too, but wasn't invested enough to actually find if the lengths were elsewhere.
    It could be one of two things. 1) they're sick of dealing with retards...
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    definitely use the notch. my other touring skis...

    definitely use the notch. my other touring skis are twin tips and the skin clamp can slide off if you really botch up a kick turn, annoying as hell. but on the pescados in the notch means it's solid...
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    i laughed a little too much. dodgy porn acting...

    i laughed a little too much. dodgy porn acting style with barely plausible excuses to ... go ski.


    I'd like to see more of the "please can I ski with you Elyse" humor too.
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    hello from Niseko, Japan. we're late to the...

    hello from Niseko, Japan.
    we're late to the party this season. but just enough japow to fill in for a quick tour.
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    pre epf is 2010/2011? how long does one expect...

    pre epf is 2010/2011?
    how long does one expect bindings to last?
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    Alkasquawlik can correct, but I seem to remember...

    Alkasquawlik can correct, but I seem to remember something about it specifically being a not for profit venture otherwise the national parks gets their panties in a bunch over access, cameras, and...
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    I don't know what a Webasto type heater is. FF...

    I don't know what a Webasto type heater is. FF sounds like a forced flu type heater.
    very popular in Japanese houses. they are usually kerosene heaters that burn using air pulled in by a fan from...
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    i thought an appendix / continuation might be...

    i thought an appendix / continuation might be called something like 'the +1 project', because there's always one more mountain to ski. then you don't have to do 50 or not limited to 50 if you do...
  15. doh, didn't even think of that. i've never been...

    doh, didn't even think of that.
    i've never been able to get in/out of other boots with the liner on, so i didn't even think of it this time.

    gave it a shot just now. its not perfect, most likely...
  16. im going to sound like a huge jong, but who cares...

    im going to sound like a huge jong, but who cares ... how the fuck do you take these boots off!


    i've got some Atomic Hawx Ultra XTD 130. i haven't skiied them yet, but I'm wearing them in around...
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    hah! awesome!

    hah! awesome!
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    very easy to find accom if you have unlimited...

    very easy to find accom if you have unlimited budget :p
    reasonably priced absolute last minute accom is probably possible if its for only 1 or 2 nights.
    for longer stay, in any of the village...
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    +1 some of your q's tho: Its only about a...

    +1


    some of your q's tho:
    Its only about a 15 minute skin on a smooth easy incline summer road to get to one of the Moiwa back bowls where you can drop in to Moiwa, or you can easily traverse to...
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    just gotta remember to blow air back into the...

    just gotta remember to blow air back into the pipe after you take a drink.

    my backpacks water pouch sits up against my back, so it doesn't get cold even on real cold -20c/-5f days, but the pipe...
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    nevermind. thanks for moving their release date...

    nevermind.
    thanks for moving their release date forward to suit my travels.
    a few pair of these arrived today.
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    any update on the lebent lesend lesock? im in Oz...

    any update on the lebent lesend lesock?
    im in Oz for 3 weeks before heading back to Japan. was hoping to pick up a few pair while here.
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    A bit of a dump; was supposed to be quick and...

    A bit of a dump;
    was supposed to be quick and short, but it turned out to be a long post anyway :/

    yes Niseko is very easy for first timers. Easy to get to and from with all the western targeted...
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    i have seen a company that takes mercedes truck...

    i have seen a company that takes mercedes truck seats and converts them into office chairs. its a good idea, theyre already designed for long term use.
    also there are specialized seats that i think...
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    i suppose it depends on your/their objectives,...

    i suppose it depends on your/their objectives,
    when I had some, full rocker skis let me get away with being a real lazy skiier. wiggle turns are a whole lot easier and more relaxing and fun when...
  26. unless you're playing against them. thats when...

    unless you're playing against them. thats when you bust out the big guns ;P
  27. "gaming" is nothing to do with bandwidth at all,...

    "gaming" is nothing to do with bandwidth at all,
    wifi, both 2.5ghz and 5ghz, adds a huge amount of latency, jitter and packet loss to your connection. enough that even noobs like me can notice it....
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    wax for sure. i bought a pair of previous...

    wax for sure.
    i bought a pair of previous seasons stock, that had been stored untouched in a warehouse still in their plastic wrap.
    they had dried out, slightly furry, almost to the point of...
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    daym I just found out about this series, and...

    daym I just found out about this series, and binge watched like 20 episodes in a row until 4am last night. ended up down the rabbit hole with bonus videos and some weird old backcountry clips that...
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    if you had more days at each your resorts i...

    if you had more days at each your resorts i wonder if you would have taken advantage of it? like random occasions on a whim. im always thinking about that when working out which passes to buy.
    off...
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    dont all "locals" hate everyone else anyway? i...

    dont all "locals" hate everyone else anyway?
    i sure do
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    im based up in Hokkaido, say hi if you end up my...

    im based up in Hokkaido, say hi if you end up my way.
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    confused its like people are feeling like...

    confused
    its like people are feeling like they're missing out because their bindings aren't part of the recall?
    do you really need to fit in to the anti-marker bandwagon so much that you wish you...
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    mr google suggests its about 1h away, but on...

    mr google suggests its about 1h away, but on winter roads i think you could add another 30-45mins to that. huge blizzard witeouts on those roads too, sometimes i have to drive white knuckled and with...
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    re guiding; fly 5000 miles, burn shitloads of $...

    re guiding; fly 5000 miles, burn shitloads of $ in airfares, accommodation & miscellaneous expenses, eat out every night at expensive restaurants whilst buying fancy cocktails, but waste your...
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    furano gets less snow than here, lighter tho....

    furano gets less snow than here, lighter tho.
    even so, personally i probably wouldn't bother bringing anything else ;p
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    i remember seeing baggage pickup locations in the...

    i remember seeing baggage pickup locations in the departure area of narita airport that had hundreds and hundreds of bags piled up everywhere. seems like a lot of people do it.
    i dont remember...
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    JAL used to be really good for flying with skis....

    JAL used to be really good for flying with skis. Sounds like they've had to start charging more.

    I usually ship my luggage via Yamato (black cat) whenever I arrive, because ive usually got heaps...
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    i see splits all the time, otherwise any snowshoe...

    i see splits all the time, otherwise any snowshoe tracks i see are following existing or several day old skin tracks.
    but i did see some idiot gaijin trying to snowshow up iwanaopuri last year, up...
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    150 lol. im not a fan of the whole opposite...

    150 lol.

    im not a fan of the whole opposite sidecut shaped ski so my opinion is biased. plus with a collection of 200 and 190 skis i assume you're taller and heaver than me too, im 180ish cm tall,...
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    yeah you just rock up at the airport and do it....

    yeah you just rock up at the airport and do it.
    i get the form backwards every time, but my luggage still arrives :)


    you can rent a phone or rent a wifi pocket router and carry it around...
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    for a basic start, you can turn the terrain...

    for a basic start, you can turn the terrain feature on in google maps and get topo maps.

    ive also been using the backcountry navigator android app for a while because i bought it ages ago and it...
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    unlimited grip on most soft snow. no need to do...

    unlimited grip on most soft snow. no need to do any sort of stomp to get grip in mediocre snow because all your weight is already in mid.

    on steep but soft snow they sucked at holding an edge on...
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    yeah you basically rock up at airport, dump your...

    yeah you basically rock up at airport, dump your bags, tour n shit.
    jp tourism is already targeting you. they have a "Japan: Hands-Free Travel" promo n everything....
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    let us know if you find anything. im in the same...

    let us know if you find anything. im in the same boat.
    i just ordered a cheap and nasty and probably illegal uv lamp online thatll take a few weeks to arrive. ill see how dodgy it is first before...
  46. any steep stuff is short and you get mega sluff...

    any steep stuff is short and you get mega sluff buildup every turn.
    if its steep it doesnt accumulate much snow anyway, it mini-avalanches away while its snowing so you dont get any epic face shots...
  47. Ive never used them, but i've been hearing a lot...

    Ive never used them, but i've been hearing a lot of good things about Whiteroom. Some of their product descriptions seem to indicate they have a bit of flexibility about where to take you each day...
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    go glutes definitely. crushed a couple of...

    go glutes definitely.
    crushed a couple of vertebrae a few years ago, but i still chase the endless winter. by the end of the season with superman quads of steel i still couldn't make it through the...
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    where did you find the fine print?

    where did you find the fine print?
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    I would certainly recommend more than 1 week....

    I would certainly recommend more than 1 week.
    Especially if you're coming peak snow season in jan or feb.
    We often get huge blizzards that come through that close out everything for a day or two,...
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