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    And for the next trick...

    And for the next trick https://www.instagram.com/p/BvhokPeJn-B/?utm_source=ig_web_button_share_sheet
  2. A bit of an update. We've had a few storm days...

    A bit of an update.
    We've had a few storm days and some really nice sunny days. We are open for another 3 weeks. Here are some pics from the last 5

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  3. Tyrapioyama, Taniwadake

    Tyrapioyama, Taniwadake
  4. A bit of an update, We are up and running. ...

    A bit of an update,

    We are up and running.

    Here is an updated drone view, yes my editing is rough.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f31OvnLRbRM

    A view of me from a client's perspective
  5. Yesterday 8 Jan 2019 ...

    Yesterday 8 Jan 2019

    https://www.alpinehike.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/DSCN4879-1024x674.jpg

    This morning 9 Jan 2019
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  6. A couple of days ago I got the cat up to the top...

    A couple of days ago I got the cat up to the top of the area.

    We've had some snow since, and I didn't catch all of the area (I'm still learning the drone thing). But you will get the idea

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  7. Finally got back to the Cat It had been...

    Finally got back to the Cat

    It had been sleeping since March

    https://www.alpinehike.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Sleeping-Cat-1024x768.jpg

    A few hours work later
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    Tks sorted

    Tks sorted
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    Not that simple, spent hours trying similar....

    Not that simple, spent hours trying similar. Polaris own website is crap. Can't find any website that lists machines vs belts. The belt makers sites I've tried give me different answers. That's why...
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    Anyone know Polaris drive belt sizes or where to...

    Anyone know Polaris drive belt sizes or where to look em up.

    I am responsible for this beast

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    Better view (before modification)

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    259083 A bit breeze at Courmayeur yesterday....

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    A bit breeze at Courmayeur yesterday. Yula open and untracked off the back.
    Pistes skiable down to mid station.
    Lots more people, but a few more lifts/runs open.
  12. I'm off to Japan in a week. It's currently...

    I'm off to Japan in a week. It's currently green/brow and raining heavily in Chamonix

    I will then begin regaling you tails of mud, oil changes and the general detritus of actually setting a cat op...
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    Yes, very. Once you were away from the lifts. The...

    Yes, very. Once you were away from the lifts. The lift lines were busy, but weekend, and only 2 lifts serving skiable pistes!
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    The new traverse piste 258049 Dropping out...

    The new traverse piste

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    Dropping out the back door of Yula

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    A little further down, looking over towards the ski area proper
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    Opening day at Courmyeur. Only Plan Gabba, Yula...

    Opening day at Courmyeur. Only Plan Gabba, Yula and Arp open for skiing.
    Coffee and skiing (that which was open was excellent) . Piste was gripy but not hard. Off was Ankle to Knee of light on a...
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    Haven't skied any tiny area's with Plake (unless...

    Haven't skied any tiny area's with Plake (unless you count Le Tour separate from Cham) but among other adventures I have skied the Blanc with the Plakes ;)
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    Here ya go...

    Here ya go https://www.instagram.com/glenplake/?hl=en
  18. It's started already, only the higher places so...

    It's started already, only the higher places so far. Kagura, Shiga Kogen, Furano, Sapporo Kokusai and others are open.

    Gets good? Most places Christmas, the un lucky ones , New Years.

    I would...
  19. Temporary website is up (should be...

    Temporary website is up (should be www.mikuni-cat.com - but there are technical difficulties with the hosting/url) at www.alpinehike.com.

    Basically we are up and running for the winter

    Day...
  20. A bit of chase cam in the trees, again wide angle...

    A bit of chase cam in the trees, again wide angle makes it look flatter


    https://youtu.be/PSS9lKl8xro
  21. A little bit of chase cam ion one of the gentler...

    A little bit of chase cam ion one of the gentler open runs (wide angle makes it look flatter)


    https://youtu.be/2vSga47zLRQ
  22. Not long now, looking forward to going back to ...

    Not long now, looking forward to going back to

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    And some

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    This wont be bad either
  23. Yeah. Try following him through a densely wooded...

    Yeah. Try following him through a densely wooded decent :) - he's about 1m56 (5ft3) and 54kg (120lbs). I am a more average 176 (5ft10) and 77kg (170lbs).
  24. His pro ski...

    His pro ski http://tj-brand.com/product/2016-2017model_PowderSkiSeries2016_napoleonfish158ski
  25. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf3CD0BpUrA ...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xf3CD0BpUrA

    Although not filmed at our place, the terrain and foliage is very typical of what you would find.
  26. Season 2 A lot more organised, road markings...

    Season 2

    A lot more organised, road markings

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    Better cat box

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  27. Start of season we had a big (128cm/4ft6) dump of...

    Start of season we had a big (128cm/4ft6) dump of very light snow in one night. This was on a meter (3ft) base. Trying to put a track in was a bit much.


    https://youtu.be/hPmFtBEMfvI
  28. Season 2, or rather autumn and time to fix the...

    Season 2, or rather autumn and time to fix the cat.

    I arrived in Japan in late October, quite a different looking and feeling place to what I had left in early April.

    No one had touched the...
  29. I went to visit Hokkaido, but as I've been a...

    I went to visit Hokkaido, but as I've been a bunch of times to visit the same place/research I will talk about that after season 2. But now more of season one. just one teaser.

    On visiting a...
  30. Elevation in the area 2000m (6600ft) to 400m...

    Elevation in the area 2000m (6600ft) to 400m (1300ft). Biggest practical skiable vert 1200m (4000ft).
    Angle a lot of 20-30 degree stuff in bounds of our little area, a bit steeper if you search....
  31. Quite a few pics today but not much substance. ...

    Quite a few pics today but not much substance.

    First up Kiyoko (my long suffering wife) enjoying some quiet turns on one of our runs

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    Ryuta my co worker and co guide and the only...
  32. This is Mat 253423 Why is Mat important,...

    This is Mat

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    Why is Mat important, Mat was just a 1st year ski/snowboard instructor with the nearby Naeba ski school who had injured himself, but unlike the average 1st year who was 19...
  33. I am presently sitting in Les Houches at the foot...

    I am presently sitting in Les Houches at the foot of Mont Blanc, but I will be back in Japan this winter , but for how much of the winter wait and see - also give me a few days there is other stuff...
  34. NONE!, yes I drove one 100m in 1992 on dirt with...

    NONE!, yes I drove one 100m in 1992 on dirt with a Swiss German shouting at me. But not what I'd call a lot of seat time in a cat. I have driven other equipment and I am reasonably mechanically...
  35. Over the winter I did teach others to drive the...

    Over the winter I did teach others to drive the Cat, but never to road build. If you can't figure out the basics to drive whatever machine someone has just thrown the keys to you on your own, it's...
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    10cm or more on the ground this morning. 253166

    10cm or more on the ground this morning.

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  37. In learning the area we did a fair bit of...

    In learning the area we did a fair bit of climbing around

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    Getting some nice powder turns

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    Some quite deep
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    From my experience a base model K car will more...

    From my experience a base model K car will more than work for transport (way cheaper than anything else) assuming you know how to drive in snow, if the roads are open you will get there. For...
  39. Tru dat (unless you insist on staying in Niseko)

    Tru dat (unless you insist on staying in Niseko)
  40. Pity that, the only Mechanic at first was me,...

    Pity that, the only Mechanic at first was me, later I had a friend help, but not with the linguistics ;(
  41. OK a fair bit more interest than I was expecting...

    OK a fair bit more interest than I was expecting (ok it is pre season and everyone is itching to ski but still), So I'm going to fill in a few more gaps

    Building a passenger cabin for the cat (the...
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    The way the Visa rules were applied (rather than...

    The way the Visa rules were applied (rather than the rues themselves) changed around 2000. Prior to that if you kept your nose clean and paid your taxes (or were seen to be trying to pay tax) no one...
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    https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/4491...

    https://scontent-cdg2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/44918329_1998207976903017_287686135075831808_n.jpg?_nc_cat=1&_nc_ht=scontent-cdg2-1.xx&oh=74f8aea86b2a40e9def6f1c971144c40&oe=5C448648
  44. Cat skiing in Central Japan, or what I've been up to the last 2 winters

    (Have a look at www.alpinehike.com if you are interested)

    Mid summer 2016 I get a message from a long time friend in Japan - Hey wanna guide some Japanese Powder next winter? I was coming off 3...
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    I still have a Vegie powered van, but due to...

    I still have a Vegie powered van, but due to bureaucratic restrictions, only Super Megeve can give me their oil. I believe they have a dead pencil pusher storage facility being true Savoyard
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    Birtle is moving back to Cham and word has it...

    Birtle is moving back to Cham and word has it signing up for ENSA (guides school).
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    ??? More like 500. To put it in perspective,...

    ??? More like 500.

    To put it in perspective, we get 300+ skinning up the first day there is skiable snow in Les Houches
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    Don't worry, Louisa makes coffee at the top of...

    Don't worry, Louisa makes coffee at the top of the skyway.

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    Closing day at Louisa's
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    Great TR man. I have spent the last 2 winters...

    Great TR man. I have spent the last 2 winters just up the road from Kagura in Naeba, spent a lot of days off playing there. I've been up to Hokkido a few times as well, liked the snow, most places...
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    Did the Haute route years ago, great fun, got...

    Did the Haute route years ago, great fun, got luck with the snow and weather. As others have said there are lots of other less frequented and more fun tours.

    If you are looking for guide...
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