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  1. #301
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    Finished our last day of a 9 day touring trip on Hokkaido. Such a special place and people. I will certainly endeavor to come back… it stole my heart.

    Thanks to Marshal at Heritage Labs and Micol at Freeride Systems for some great dependable gear to make the experience even better. Skis and Japanorak were flawless. Stoked!

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  2. #302
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    Nothing to groundbreaking to Resort hear but Rusutsu yesterday was as fine as I have ever experienced Japanese resort skiing. Closed the day before made all the difference

  3. #303
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    Hey fellas, going to be in Niseko/Rusutsu between Feb 1-9. If anyone needs/is keen on a ski buddy/touring partner/split on a guide slide a DM. Cheers!


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  4. #304
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    Crazy couple days on Honshu!


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  5. #305
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    all day white out at geto kogen. totally skiing by braille.

  6. #306
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    Anyone have any news from Hakuba? PM me if you can

  7. #307
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    Just hit the Washington post, I didn't see a thread on it here. Vibes.
    a witty saying proves nothing
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  8. #308
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    ...fcksht...

    The floggings will continue until morale improves.

  9. #309
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    🤍🤍🤍🤍

  10. #310
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    Not even gonna be able to see two seats in front of you tomorrow am! Stoke is high, and thankfully I still have a bit of gas in the tank. What a wonderful couple of weeks itís been

  11. #311
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    22/23 Japan scene?

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    Last yearó
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    The single chairs around Japan offer their own little culture.

  12. #312
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    New spot

  13. #313
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobinch View Post
    New spot
    Rad

  14. #314
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    Couloir number 4


    Top up overnight and sun 🤩

  15. #315
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    Just finished up a 17 day stretch in Niseko. Of the 4 times Iíve been over this was far and away the most consistent snow Iíve ever had. What a blast! I canít wait for next year!

  16. #316
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    nonstop snows in Tohoku was fricken sweet.

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  17. #317
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    Quote Originally Posted by beer30 View Post
    Just finished up a 17 day stretch in Niseko. Of the 4 times Iíve been over this was far and away the most consistent snow Iíve ever had. What a blast! I canít wait for next year!
    Did you stay the whole time in Niseko or move around?

  18. #318
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    Got four days in Rusutsu but nothing outside of that. I would like to see more of the island but the conditions on which I get to go over on prevent that

  19. #319
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobinch View Post
    New spot
    I think that is the same line I posted on page 7. Good place to be in February.
    off your knees Louie

  20. #320
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    Quote Originally Posted by BFD View Post
    I think that is the same line I posted on page 7. Good place to be in February.
    Yes! Absolutely

    Tanigawadake is a beauty
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    And so many lines off the ridge
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  21. #321
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    Quote Originally Posted by beer30 View Post
    Just finished up a 17 day stretch in Niseko. Of the 4 times Iíve been over this was far and away the most consistent snow Iíve ever had. What a blast! I canít wait for next year!
    Heck yeah! Stoked for you to get the goods after the rough winter in the Alps. Hopefully it picks up for you as soon as you get back!

  22. #322
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    Quote Originally Posted by phatty View Post
    Heck yeah! Stoked for you to get the goods after the rough winter in the Alps. Hopefully it picks up for you as soon as you get back!
    Thanks dude!

  23. #323
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    sorry if this is a repeat, but figured it may be helpful to some. Hokkaidowilds.org backcountry ski map. https://hokkaidowilds.org/press-rele...-niseko-region

  24. #324
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    My wife is going to be at Hodaigi in Gunma next week chaperoning a school trip. I've contacted the resort and they only rent beginner skis. I'm trying to locate another rental facility nearby, but have as yet had no luck.

    Does anyone know anything about this area and where she might be able to get demo level skis and boots? Is there a service in Japan that you can book/rent skis delivered to your lodging? Hoping she does not need to spend the week on crap gear. The kids are in lessons all day long, so she is free to ski as she wishes all day long. The resort is small, but looks like it has a little bit of some steep tight trees to have fun in, as long as she is not on fully cambered FIS slalom sidecut noodles.

    And dmn, this thread rocks.

  25. #325
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ottime View Post
    My wife is going to be at Hodaigi in Gunma next week chaperoning a school trip. I've contacted the resort and they only rent beginner skis. I'm trying to locate another rental facility nearby, but have as yet had no luck.

    Does anyone know anything about this area and where she might be able to get demo level skis and boots? Is there a service in Japan that you can book/rent skis delivered to your lodging? Hoping she does not need to spend the week on crap gear. The kids are in lessons all day long, so she is free to ski as she wishes all day long. The resort is small, but looks like it has a little bit of some steep tight trees to have fun in, as long as she is not on fully cambered FIS slalom sidecut noodles.

    And dmn, this thread rocks.
    I've skied Hodaigi a couple of times when my daughter was learning to ski. It's located in a beautiful area of Minakami so as long as she's staying in the area it'll be a great trip. However, the onsen will probably be more memorable than the skiing.

    The upper mountain is steeper but also short and the mountain layout is kind of weird. The backcountry/sidecountry looks better. The only way I can think of to get better gear would involve going into Tokyo just to rent gear from a shop and then ship it to the hotel via black cat. None of this cost in time/money would be worth it. Just rent everything from the mountain, enjoy the experience, and consider it part of the uniqueness of the trip. There won't be many westerners and it'll be a good glimpse into Japanese ski culture. It's better than going on the typical school outing to Yuzawa on the shinkansen.
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