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  1. #26
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    BBIJapan 2020 is what Im hearing.


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    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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    At the start of operations, despite being responsible for the whole thing I ended up having to get the head of ski school to guide and I drove the cat. I hadn't yet had chance to train anyone to a level I trusted with the Cat

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    I got really quite good at making roads

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    I did restrict them to the old groomed runs

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    But they were still happy campers

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    The toughest job (physical) was breaking the trail from the highest pint I could get the cat to the top of the ski area. only a few dozen feet, but try that in chest to neck deep fresh on an unconsolidated base. The pic doesn't do it justice

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    "fuck off you asshat gaper shit for brains fucktard wanker." - Jesus Christ
    "She was tossing her bean salad with the vigor of a Drunken Pop princess so I walked out of the corner and said.... "need a hand?"" - Odin

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    Great thread.

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    Wait, what, getting beat with sticks because, powder?

    Let's do some livin'
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  6. #31
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    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 going to take more than a few hours for me to teach you how to build roads let alone use a 12 way blade. It also gave me the excuse to never sit in the back.

    Many mornings looked like this

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    and some like this - after only one nights snow

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    Some parts of the area are densely wooded and you don't go so far as to get lost.

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    Others places are a bit more open

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    Snowboarding is fun, in these conditions

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    But when it gets deep I can't understand how anyone can think that it might work. Away from groomed terrain when you have a meter of fresh (3ft) on 3 meters (10ft) of unconsolidated. How do you move without a skier to make starting track and another skier to launch you. And when you fall over, unless its steep and you are very, very fit it's impossible to get up let alone start moving again.

    In Japan or elsewhere if it's really deep and you wanna go surf style take 2 boards

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    From Naeba you can take Japan's longest lift to Kagura, the Dragondola

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    From here Naeba looks quite nice

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    An you get a good view of Tairapyoyama

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    Which I did get to climb

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    And ski, It was a bit windy being the biggest lump on our part the continental divide between the sea of Japan and the Pacific Ocean

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    last thing for today, if you've ever wondered how to keep roads clear with minimal effort, the Japanese just spray them continuously with water!

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    How much cat operator experience did you have prior to this gig. Kudos!

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    Cat skiing in Central Japan, or what I've been up to the last 2 winters

    Damn Idris, where do you live now? And how do we setup an IdrisBBI?

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    Sick, this is why i come here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Damn Idris, where do you live now? And how do we setup an IdrisBBI?
    yeah this needs to happen...

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    Well played with the slow roll as well, during fall, getting us all hyped.

    This thread helped seal the deal, motivated me to book a trip. I'll be on Honshu for a week in February solo, would be really stoked to hook up with mags.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mall walker View Post
    yeah this needs to happen...
    3rded. BBI-Japan. 2020.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doebedoe View Post
    3rded. BBI-Japan. 2020.
    hell yes

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    Quote Originally Posted by jackattack View Post
    hell yes
    Yup. BBIJapan2020.

    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    the situation strikes me as WAY too much drama at this point

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    Quote Originally Posted by reckless toboggan View Post
    Yup. BBIJapan2020.

    Amazing. A bit over-rotated, but otherwise looking good.

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    Amazing, moar please! I got skunked by mechanical issues on a planned Cat day by a newish op in Hakuba back in the day. Someday I'll make it happen.

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    The place is called TearUpYoMama? I dig I dig.
    No longer stuck.

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    Just an uneducated guess.

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    Lovin this thread
    Dollar sign that bitch.

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    Awesome thread ... strong work


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    Quote Originally Posted by Not bunion View Post
    How much cat operator experience did you have prior to this gig. Kudos!
    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 minded (I have build a few cars)
    I am an IML (International Mountain Leader) and I've done AMGA ski guide course and a bunch of Avie and Medical certs.
    Knowledge is Powder

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    Quote Originally Posted by thefortrees View Post
    Damn Idris, where do you live now? And how do we setup an IdrisBBI?
    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 in Japan you may be interested in.
    Knowledge is Powder

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    also give me a few days there is other stuff in Japan you may be interested in.
    Lets see, Geisha's, Sushi, Hot Springs with monkeys......... The list is endless.

    Again, Kudos & thx.

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    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 and clueless, Mat was 27 and a Physicist.

    So I could teach him to drive this

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    Which meant I occasionally go this view

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    Every morning after 4km of access road, I still got to teach beacon/transceiver drills

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    I did spend most of my working days looking after guys like these, not bad but

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    But some were more like this

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    Or even

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    And it takes a while for this to get old, when It's my go first

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    And after a walk up the hill

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    To the top of the ski area

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    More deep stuff or away days tomorrow
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    Moar please
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    I think you'd have an easier time understanding people if you remembered that 80% of them are fucking morons.
    That is why I like dogs, more than most people.

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    fuck yeah this is killer

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