Japow!

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thermalben started the topic in Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:33pm

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thermalben Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:33pm

Crikey.

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zenagain Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:51pm

Geto Kogen (Iwate prefecture) have had 22 metres so far this season.

It has been an amazing season, so much snow. I thought last year was good, this year has been off tap.

I'm feeling for the resorts though- they're doing it tough.

But, I've had some great trips up our local area- Mt. Bandai (Aizu kogen area Fukushima) working around the weather and been getting some good empty powder days.

We might not have the steeps here but the amount and quality of the snow can't be beat I reckon.

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zenagain Wednesday, 23 Feb 2022 at 7:57pm

Ps- People love Hakuba, Yuzawa, Niseko and rightfully those areas are awesome.

But,

Just quietly, if you want a real Japanese experience and fresh tracks- Tohoku is the go. Just gotta know where to go.

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Roadkill Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:02am
zenagain wrote:

Ps- People love Hakuba, Yuzawa, Niseko and rightfully those areas are awesome.

But,

Just quietly, if you want a real Japanese experience and fresh tracks- Tohoku is the go. Just gotta know where to go.

ssshhhh, Zen.

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Roadkill Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:03am
zenagain wrote:

Geto Kogen (Iwate prefecture) have had 22 metres so far this season.

It has been an amazing season, so much snow. I thought last year was good, this year has been off tap.

I'm feeling for the resorts though- they're doing it tough.

But, I've had some great trips up our local area- Mt. Bandai (Aizu kogen area Fukushima) working around the weather and been getting some good empty powder days.

We might not have the steeps here but the amount and quality of the snow can't be beat I reckon.

Iwate snow is so so good. Used to ski APPI all the time...some really good night sking on the smaller fields in Iwate...not crowded in the evening...too cold for many.

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Roadkill Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:09am

Tohoku is such a beautiful place...I lived there for quite a while.

Chuck some Tohoku-ben down and the locals love it.

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Craig Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:19am

Wow, insane and yeah what a season eh Zen! Very very jelly, hopefully I make it across next year!!

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zenagain Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:50am

You're welcome here Craig.

Try and get you into the surf too.

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Craig Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 11:55am

Arigato gozaimasu Zen-san.

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zenagain Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 12:28pm

Doitashimashite Kureigu sama.

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arcadia Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 1:54pm

A few years back, I spent a season doing snow making at Mt Jeans, Tochigi. The resort is crap, but the back country was good fun, without being too intimidating. Spending every fine day in the season hiking and boarding solo around the nearby mountains was one the best snow experiences of my life. Learnt a lot about route finding and avalanches as well.

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zenagain Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 2:11pm

That's pretty gutsy being out in the back country alone.

I've never been to Jeans but been to Hunter mountain a couple of times. Usually when the Ban Etsu expressway is closed we'd take the local roads out there.

Gunma is a prefecture that I'd like to explore more.

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arcadia Thursday, 24 Feb 2022 at 2:57pm

I tried hard to find a partner, but nobody in the dormitory was keen. Being out alone focusses the senses. Have to be very careful when selecting routes.

Only been to Gumma a couple of times, lots to enjoy there.