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Old 01-11-2014, 04:55 AM   #1816
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Re: Ski/Snowboard talk/pics/whatever thread

woke up to this.

to do this
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_VSw...re=c4-overview

close to one of the best days ive ever had.
got first lifts and rode nonstop solo all day.
i probably did about 15 lines of bottomless untouched like in video.
its a saturday and i was 3rd in line at 830 with lifts opening at 9.
didnt wait once for any lifts.
it hasnt stopped snowing so tomorrow will be more of the same.
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Old 01-11-2014, 05:44 PM   #1817
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That is absolutely nuts. I have never seen anything close to that in Canada. Of course, if you have the dough you can heli ski which certainly does have that, but not on the mountain.

How expensive is it in Japan? I am definitely interested in going there for sure now.
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Old 01-11-2014, 08:30 PM   #1818
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Thats awesome, should have done Japan this season instead.

Here was my day in Whistler after we got 50cm overnight. Dont have a video editor so took some screenshots of the lines.

Got to the lifts at 8:20 (10mins before they open), waited 1hr for the 1st lift, 45mins for the next directly after with no run in between as u had to go higher. The a short cat track and another 1.5hr wait. After all that i got 1 pretty epic run through the coastal concrete. The 1st pic there is what i was greeted by after this run. Called it a day haha




Lineup for the Blackcomb Gondola, only shows half of it.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:25 PM   #1819
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That's absurdly depressing. Worst part is that you actually pay insane prices for that ****. I don't get it, is there no way they can expand there? Surely there are mountains suitable in the region that are undeveloped?

When did Whistler get like this? Was it like this pre-olympics or has it just been getting worse and worse the last few years? Sad, because it does have some nice terrain but a traffic jam and no ability for fresh tracks can put a damper on that.

Prices in Japan are probably like 50%+ cheaper overall from googling around. The flight out there will run you more, but cost of living and lift prices will feel like a handout compared to Whistler. Not to mention you'll be in Japan which is pretty awesome. The only thing you won't get is quite the size and terrain but that's a bit overrated when compared to great conditions and few people.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:41 PM   #1820
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How is Whistler on weekdays? I'd guess it has to be way better than that. Considering how many people live in the lower mainland and its proximity, I can see how the weekends would be packed. Sunshine and Lake Louise have Calgary which is about 1 mil metro, whereas Van is 2.3 mil.

How many runs can you get in a day at Whistler? Even getting at LL by noon I've gotten 15 runs in. In a full day I get close to 25. But I will basically board for 4 hours eat something really fast like a protein bar and a juice and then board till the last run.
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:43 PM   #1821
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the problem with whistler is that its a upside down pyramid in its lift system. tons of lifts up top, but only a few at the bottom.
that line is disgusting. it seems to have gotten worse since my last season there 4 years ago but waiting an hour for a lift was certainly standard on busy days.

so i had an even deeper day today. there was 50cm of new snow outside my car this morning so id guess up to 80cm on the mountain. it was actually really busy today. i had to wait 5 minutes for my first lift.

a day ticket for rusutsu is $46US which is one of the most expensive resorts in japan. a lot are in the $20-30 range and some are even free with coupons you can print out.
its true that the mountains on hokkaido are small and terrain is mostly mellow but if you're after super gnarly lines, then hakuba has more than anyone can handle (ask jeremy jones)
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Old 01-11-2014, 10:49 PM   #1822
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ok I googled it, 600m (2/5 of Whistler height) and longest run 3.5km about 1/3 of the distance of whistlers longest.

Are the mountains steep? Personally I like to blast down the mountain, will I be able to hit 100+ km/h in Japan?
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:33 PM   #1823
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There are 1100m mountains in Japan. That said, I wouldn't necessarily recommend going all the way there if simply blasting down the mountain is what you prefer.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:39 PM   #1824
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How is Whistler on weekdays?
Typically its ok on non-powder weekdays. But even powder weekdays get busy and most of the liftable terrain is tracked out by midday. That said, its normal busy these days with 10-15min lines.

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How many runs can you get in a day at Whistler? Even getting at LL by noon I've gotten 15 runs in. In a full day I get close to 25. But I will basically board for 4 hours eat something really fast like a protein bar and a juice and then board till the last run.
Never really thought about it tbh, but id say i typically get alot less than this cos i dont often just smash down the mountain but rather look for side hits and mess about.

U could def hit 100km/h speeds in Japan imo, well i can only speak for Niseko. Whistler may be 1900m of vertical but only half of it has the snow quality to be good most of the time. Even now in the middle of winter it rains 1/3 of the way up the mountain most storms.
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Old 01-11-2014, 11:43 PM   #1825
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if you're into ski racing down perfect velvet groomers then stick to europe and buy some lycra.

most mountains are around 1000m on hokkaido. up to 1700m on honshu. i dont know why the height of a mountain really matters but whatever.

all i care about is how many faceshots im getting.

a few runs of today.
probably gonna stop carrying the gopro around, i think everyone gets the idea, its pow all day everyday, same same.
ill take more vids when i go to other areas or if people really want to see more.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tumuq...ature=youtu.be
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TRqF0...ature=youtu.be
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Old 01-12-2014, 12:52 AM   #1826
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the runs you do with the gopro on the pole definitely blend together, but the POV videos you've done with music are the nuts. could watch those forever.
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Old 01-12-2014, 01:50 AM   #1827
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lol about the lycra. No I snowboard, not ski. To me the vertical matters because I would much rather be going down the hill for 10 minutes instead of 2 minutes at a tiny hill. Marmot Basin in Jasper gets great powder, but is 300m less vert than Banff. Yet Banff is much busier. This leads me to believe that most people would rather go to a taller mountain even if there's slightly less powder.

Don't get me wrong, those vids are sick, especially the 2nd one. It looks like a magical place, and I thank you for bringing it to my attention because I will absolutely be going there someday.

On a side note, has anyone on here gone to Big White near Kelowna or Fernie? I know there's supposed to be a decent ski resort near Kamloops but that town stinks so bad I don't think I could justify going
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Old 01-12-2014, 06:21 AM   #1828
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Just got back from my week in zillertal.

Glacier was ok, had a new ish skiing friend so didn't get to do much fun stuff
Hochzillertal and zell am ziller are so much better than mayrhofen, unless you wanna do harakiri, devils or the lines from 150tux it just isn't worth it.
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Old 01-12-2014, 05:45 PM   #1829
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the runs you do with the gopro on the pole definitely blend together, but the POV videos you've done with music are the nuts. could watch those forever.
This. Throw in just a little footage of the village or your car and the mountain looking up at it, and you got an awesome video. If you're hiking, a little bit of the hike. Of course only if you want to, because it looks like you aren't using a helmet now? You were consistently getting around 5k views from your vid's last year. That's pretty impressive since I highly doubt many people are finding it from here. I know myself that I once stumbled on one of your videos simply by trying to get some good Japan powder vids. There really isn't THAT much quality content for that region.

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Old 01-12-2014, 08:46 PM   #1830
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What are your thoughts on those poles? Do you bring it for all your runs, or can you fold them up and put in a locker? Just watched a few more of the powder vids and it is now officially listed on my bucket list to board in Japan.
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