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"MONKEY THREATDOWN!!!" 
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Gender: Male
Age: 33
Languages: English
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Years Riding: 4
Average Days/Year: 15
Skill Level: resort powder rider
Riding Style: freeride
Area of Expertise: weekend warrior
Preferred Terrain: powder, backcountry
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Height/Weight: 5'10, 172 lbs
Board Size: 159
Boot Size: 28
Clothing Size: L
Jacket Size: M
Pants Size: L
Thermal Size: M
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Region: Asia
Location: Japan
Resort: Hakuba
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12/30/2013 2:14:17 AM and heres some more awesome (honestly, id have picked NWO or just one fix from that album, but didnt want to crap the thread). 
12/30/2013 2:02:21 AM
12/7/2013 5:34:18 AM This season is a slow start. Likely therell be a drop soon enough, but by now theres usually at least a base on the top half of most areas. Its a roll of the dice. Truth be told you SHOULD get a drop soon enough. Keep an eye  the long term forecast (wont be long until theyre covering your period) and keep up to date on snowjapan. Theyre at the resorts and can tell you directly about the conditions (im in china now so a little off the pulse).  As for Ks. Great place. Really clean and confortable. If its the Ks in Goryu, just stay there dude. Its nice and cheap and half way up the hill. If you want cheaper though, you could contact sakiko at tracks bar (aka hakuba alps backpackers). Cheapest youll find in the area, very much do your own thing type of place and shouldnt be too busy. Theyll probably have a christmas event up at tracks bar as well. Good place if youre sociable. Youll always meet people since its kinda the central hub (tracks) of goryu area. If youre not so sociable then stay at the alps backpackers instead. Its further down the hill, so youll be getting your stretch on just walking to toomi (goryu), but its only ten minutes or so. Plus theres a shuttle bus thatll take you up there. Wish i could tell you more about the weather, but this season seems a little off base (as did last season through january). Best bet is to keep an eye on what people are saying on ski.com (that oz ski site since plenty of folks will be going hakuba and niseko) and snowjapan just because theyre all locals around the various resorts.  http://www.snowjapan.com/japan-ski-resorts/nagano/hakuba/hakuba-goryu/snow-weather-reports Looks like a spot of good weather coming next week. 
12/2/2013 5:08:37 AM in hokkaido it can start late november and stretch through to april. In nagano, it can start in late november, but then its limping through the next month until late december with only sections of the hill open. Then there will be a proper dump that opens up the whole resort. January is USUALLY good snow (last year sucked though until feb) with very regular drops throughout the month. This carries through to the first week or two in February where the dumps get heavier, but they become more intermittent. When it drops though, its pretty crazy. This carries into the start of March. March is officially a crap shoot. Some seasons its great (2011 and 12 for example) and other seasons its absolute shit (2013 and 2009 for example - cant remember 2010 probably because i was in korea and not watching). No matter what though, march means wetter heavier snow when it does drop, so you best hope you get lucky because itll be getting sticky out there even within a day or two of a decent drop. Of course, aspect plays the big part in this, but south facing slopes (like suginohara) usually start turning to crap early march and become unrideable pretty quick. At this point youre really looking at altitude to escape the crap, and thats the top of nozawa, happo, shiga kogen and kagura.   If the base is good, most resorts except the smallest ones (that couldnt POSSIBLY make money even in peak season) will still be open into the first couple of weeks of April. If the base is crappy, a few resorts will start seriously scaling back operations to try and protect what remains (and try and keep a top to bottom run going as long as possible). Around mid april itll be only a few runs left on any resorts still open unless its been an exceptional season (2011-12). After that the next big marker is Golden week. It carries a lot of prestige in Japan to say your resort is open to golden week (first week of May). So the big resorts will try their damnedest to keep parts of the resort running. If they make it, theyll usually close at the end of the holiday, or push for just a week or two longer. Kagura in 2012 had a top to bottom run (with some genuinely astonishing groundskeeping) right up until the 19th May. I know because i was there playing in the puddles.  So thats the season in nagano/niigata. It varies a little in Hokkaido, but not all that much to be honest. Sometimes the winds push the snow to niigata, whilst hokkaido gets a late start. Sometimes the snow pack just lasts longer down here. Its not simply the case that hokkaido lasts longer (though it usually slightly does in terms of decent drops rather than sseason itself - you shoudl still get good drops and reasonably frequent well into march up north). Hope that helps.   
11/30/2013 3:05:32 AM Go Niseko. :)  That stands to reason pretty much regardless of what i think about the two :P  Nozawa is objectively a better mountain. Its got way more going on if you ask me. In fact its possibly one of the best mountains to ride in japan. Its not only filled to bursting with radical fun lines, and SWIMMING in powder in january/february, its also incredibly beautiful and very japanese. There are some issues with it mind you, but the issues are so outweighed by the good that it seems pure nit picking to even mention them.  But i would never recommend it over niseko to a first timer to japan for whom travel wasnt a big deal. And the reason is simple. Niseko is pretty much mindblowing :) Its less interesting as a mountain compared to nozawa, and nagano gets just as much snow (it gets more to be honest :P). Its just that niseko has the whole package. You come to japan for the pow. You can ski better mountains in the alps or rockies. You come here because the surf is insanely fun. And thats why you go to niseko. The snow is so dry, the terrain is huge (for japan) and the slackcountry is safer than any other mountain in japan (and its straightforward enough to not get lost, while big enough to pick your own lines). Oh yeah, and the night riding there is unbeatable.  If youre jaded, youve done niseko or hakuba and want to spread your wings... or you dont fancy the annoyance of planes and buses once you land in tokyo and maybe want to also see some of japan, then sure, pick nagano or niigata. But if its purely a snow trip, just go niseko. And if you feel that makes you a bit of a sheep, you can always pretend youre heading off the beaten track by doing a day at rusutsu and kiroro if you like :) Hell, you could stay at annupuri side instead of grand hirafu and have a classic japanese experience with nary a bogan in sight :) 
11/25/2013 5:44:51 AM Thats nice. And by nice i mean... really? On an international website?  Sorry, i should add, i know youre just trying to say something nice. But as someone not from the US and not really brought up in militarist culture (despite actually growing up on air force bases because my dad was in the RAF), it can be deemed a little insensitive. Or rather the topic material will likely cause offence. and no doubt even should this thread get off the ground, its not going to end well.  This is respectful disagreement you understand. As its phrased, it really stands as an invitation to conflict and discord. :)
11/23/2013 10:13:13 PM EVERY. SINGLE. STEP. Of the transaction. :)  Its basically all about that third point really. If the board is off in the description, or if the packaging is rubbish and the board takes a beating in transit, or it turns out the boards been reported stolen... you eat the loss on it :) If i was entering a buyer beware situation i could do that all by myself on craigslist or here and the like. If youre moving second hand gear and taking the mark up on it, youre the one that im buying off of. And thus, you should be the one offering me nothing but a full guarantee (within reason - you can of course set your own 'limits'), that the board is in the condition you said it is. But yes, site security is a huge thing. Offer paypal or anything third party and you should be sweet. 
11/23/2013 1:24:14 AM Washing is a rider issue not a board issue :)  Well... within reason.  Basically, the better you get, the less youll wash on any board at all. Well... unless youre really taking the piss out of the contacts. So it is the board as well. Well... its a difficult square to circle. :)  As for the horrorscope. Its slightly towards the shorter end for your weight, but if youre just wanting to press it a bit and butter around the resort, why the hell not? enjoy the ride! Dont expect youll be charging the mountain all that much on it, but thats not what you want it for i assume? Well... until youre shit hot of course. Then charge away!  So in a word (well, 2), DONT PANIC!!! Enjoy the scope when youre out on it and enjoy the outdoor when youre out on it. They both give you a different ride and they both give you something new and fun to work on. Enjoy enjoy enjoy! :D But under no account over-think it :) 
11/23/2013 1:17:32 AM security = number one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Id also like it to not be nicked preferably.Id like it to say and show clearly the damage. Id like the intermediary (ie. you) to be the dude that cops the shit if it turns out ive just bought a turd because you should have been protecting me. I mean, if you arent, then what exactly is the point of a third party? Ill have more issues no doubt :) 
11/22/2013 4:24:42 AM Be sure to tell us all about it. Im having to sit this season out (too poor and too far from china anyway) so living vicariously through everyone else. :) Have a great one! And dont panic about the slowish start. November/Early December is always bonus territory. The first big drop (well, second if you include the one that comes in mid november every other year) always happens late december. 
11/17/2013 1:02:57 AM you could just send it by black cat and ask them to deliver it to your terminal on the day before. Theyre pretty good if you need to slightly delay the luggage. or you can ask your lodge to send it on a couple of days after you leave. again, most people will help you out :)
11/9/2013 9:14:42 PM didnt someone recently work this out? I forget... but i think they worked out around 10-20 more years of the giveaway :) 
11/5/2013 6:59:36 AM assume its the site, its going through some technical 'issues' at the moment :) 
11/5/2013 6:36:51 AM its pretty late on... to be honest i wouldnt get your hopes up. check if its in the-house inventory and if it is maybe contact a member of staff and see what they can do for you. But if the=house aint got it, its all but guaranteed it aint here. 
11/2/2013 4:34:08 AM As far as i know (and as we all know, i know nothing at all), no ones even hinted that the points system is being scrapped. It would be a little mean since youre on almost 10,000. So hopefully its just more website glitches. 


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