Biggest snow-hat ever

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There’s been quite a lot of snow in Nozawa this season… It’s amazing this car’s roof doesnt just cave in!

Photo by Dean Ervik.
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Austrian Air Action – from Christoph Sprenger

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Local lads going large in Zalzburg

My mates from home sent me these photos to piss me off even more (Christoph works at Animal Logic in Sydney). It’s on a city hill in Salzburg – The actual alps are in the other direction. These hills are the outskirts and surrounding Salzburg.

Goggi (the guy in the air) was offered a sponsoring by Red Bull, but he didn’t take it. He just finshed uni last year and is a doctor now… I guess that allows him to fix himself up again!

This stuff looks more crazy than it actually is. When we build ramps, we usually make sure that there is plenty of powder in the landing area, but still there is always a higher risk as soon as you do flips… It’s awesome to watch though!

Photo by one of Christoph’s mates, photoshop treatment by Alferg.
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Deep Yuki – Hakkouda photos from Melanie Surry

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The Japanese prefecture of Aomori has recorded the biggest snowfalls in 19 years this season. Melanie Surry managed to take a few pics in-between digging a tunnel through the snow to find her car…

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Photo 1: The exit onto the road from the forest course run-out. Compare it to last years photos to see how much more snow we had. The friend in the photo is TALL!

Photo 2: A panorama of the snowbridge that we use to cross the creek at the end of the Moke run (the run with the bowl at the top).

Photo 3: The same place, but vertical. Pretty, innit?

Photo 4: Bruce, my wonder-car! Photo was taken early in the season. Since then, the snow has been bulldozed into a 2.5 storey high pile in my car park, taken away, and snow pile number 2 is currently about my height again.

This year, Aomori city has had the heaviest snowfall in 19 years. Officially its 163 cm at sealevel (as of late last week), but in reality, theres a lot more snow than that. Its ridiculous. All the first floor apartments in my building are buried in snow, with only about the top 30 cm of window visible.

The city ran through the last of its snow removal budget (about 25 million dollars) on the 13th of February, and we are applying for emergency federal funding. They estimate we need another 13 mil to get through the rest of winter. Hmmm… otherwise the whole city may have to get out to dig the national roads!

The Littlest LPL

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Please welcome the smallest, newest & youngest LPL member, my daughter Zilzie Anne Ferguson!!

You can keep track of her extreme cot-riding adventures at her very own domain, zilzie.com

Here she is trying out her very first snowboard, after building a kicker from old nappies & johnsons baby powder…

Valentines Day Dumpage – Deano reporting for Nozawa

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Sounds to me like Dean is having far, far, far too much fun… looking fwd to receiving some photos from him!

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FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCK!!!

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TODAY WAS EXTREMELY GOOD. ;P

DID THE WHOLE MOUNTAIN, POW POW POW POW POW!!!

EVEN THE USUALLY MOGULLED STEEP BIT WAS PRISTENE!

GOT UP EARLY, NO ONE AROUND, PEWKING SKIES AAAAAAALL DAY, GOT HOME LATE,
WICKED, BRILLIANT, SILKY, SOFT, DEEP, WHITE, FLUFFY, STEEP, DID I SAY DEEP
AND FLUFFY YET?

AAAAAAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAAAHHHAAHAAAAHHAHH

OFF TO THE MASSAGE CHAIR AFTER A LONG HOT BATH.

WOO HOO! NO MOGULS ANYWHERE!

DEANO

Why wont my car start?

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From Owen Lansbury
Ice storm! Imagine getting out of a club at 6am, thinking you were just going to jump in your car & head home, & finding this!

These photos are from Lake Geneva, Switzerland, & apparently the big freeze was caused by very strong winds (>110km/h) whipping up big waves on the lake, and spraying the cars with water which then immediately froze in the sub-zero temperatures.

More images here: Vent et glace sur Genève

Family Cow Land

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I just came across this classic bit of “Engrish” I found after last year’s Niseko trip… see more amusing japanese language-mangling at one of my favourite sites, engrish.com

Genki Gastronomy for Gaijins

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Dean’s first report from Nozawa, Japan

I was starved the other day, tummy really rumbling, saw a nice looking cafe, thought I’d check out the menu:
(word for word as scralled into my palm pilot)

KURAGE SU – Vinegared jelleyfish
AYU MISOZUKE – A Raw Riverfish that is soaked in miso for two months.
INAGO – Locusts wok-fried in sweet “soy” mixture
HACHI NOKO – Bee larva

I left…and ate at home..much later.

Deano

Hopefully they wash the rice first…

Yellow Snow Saves Life

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Hilarious story from Ananova.com – Man peed way out of avalanche

A Slovak man trapped in his car under an avalanche freed himself by drinking 60 bottles of beer and urinating on the snow to melt it.

Rescue teams found Richard Kral drunk and staggering along a mountain path four days after his Audi car was buried in the Slovak Tatra mountains.

He told them that after the avalanche, he had opened his car window and tried to dig his way out.

But as he dug with his hands, he realised the snow would fill his car before he managed to break through.

He had 60 half-litre bottles of beer in his car as he was going on holiday, and after cracking one open to think about the problem he realised he could urinate on the snow to melt it, local media reported.

He said: “I was scooping the snow from above me and packing it down below the window, and then I peed on it to melt it. It was hard and now my kidneys and liver hurt. But I’m glad the beer I took on holiday turned out to be useful and I managed to get out of there.”

Parts of Europe have this week been hit by the heaviest snowfalls since 1941, with some places registering more than ten feet of snow in 24 hours.

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Hakkouda, Aomori, Japan Report by Melanie Surry

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Team LPL stayed with Melanie in Aomori last January, during what was a supposedly bad season (yet still the deepest, dryest powder we’ve ever seen!)
Here’s a link to last years photos – Japan 2003-4

Remember the little opening at the end of the run, where you get on to the road and ride your board back to gondola? The top of that wall is 3 metres high, and the slippery slide bit is about 2.5 metres above the road. Its the steepest run on the hill. Natural jumps that were huge last year are little bumps now because all the snow has covered them up! To get out of the top station, you walk up about 8 snow steps to get to level ground – the building itself is completely buried.

Actually, its a little scary, because we’ve been having some small avalanches on the runs. I started one the other day when I was traversing across the bowl. I warned my mate below me that it might slide, and sure enough, a slab about 15 x 5 metres went and he was sitting on top of it. Fortunately it wasn’t hard to dig him out, but having it happen on one of our favourite runs was pretty freaky.

We’ve got a long weekend coming up this week, so I’ll be out in it again. I am never going to be able to leave this place! Actually, my office has asked me to stay another year, and the promise of more snow next season is too tempting. So it looks like I’ll be missing another Aussie summer next year…

by Melanie Surry.

Hakkouda is famous for its “snow monsters”

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