Take California

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Hasta la powda, baby! Arnie “The Governator” Schwarzenegger & a bunch of West-coast pro riders appear in this cheesy ad for Californian ski areas. With the corny tag line “If you were snow, where would you want to fall?”, it’s so bad it’s funny :)

visitcaliforniasnow.com

Some members of team California:

Glen Plake & his distinctive mohawk

Michelle Parker the queen of rails

Tara Dakides rockin’ out

Jim Rippey rips

Furano fresh

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Eary season lushness in Furano, Hokkaido.
More photos in this thread on ski.com.au forums.

Faster than a bullet train

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The snow is piling up faster than a Shinkansen (bullet train) in Niseko! In the last week, the upper-mountain base has increased from zero to 1.3m, & it’s still dumping heavily! This is the best early start to the season in recent years, so let’s hope it’s a good sign. Niseko opens it’s lifts tomorrow. For daily updates & photos, keep an eye on the Niseko Now! page on snowjapan.com

Niseko Hirafu village with icing on top

Niseko Annapuri base

The Japan Alps are also scoring nicely from this cold siberian blast, but havent had quite the as much snow as Hokkiado – yet. Dean Ervik is now writing the Nozawa Now! reports – check them out at snowjapan.com.

Here’s a photo from Dean (The cams are just a white-out at the moment)

And this just in from Dean (his caps!)

IT JUST STARTED PUKING HERE TOO! QUITE LOW TOO. ALL THE TV CAMS HAVE HEAVY
FALLS. YAMABIKO IS A WHITE OUT…WITH FLAKES FALLING. SLEETING IN THE
VILLAGE.

The Outpost, Nozawa

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Dean Ervik has spend several winters in Nozawa Onsen (Nagano prefecture, Japan) & this season he has stuck an Aussie flag in the ground, claiming his patch in the village – “The Outpost”.

The Outpost is an internet cafe specialising in Western-Aussie food, & is also a snowboard school with lessons in English. It has a waxing bench, a drying room and a cosy diner to unwind in. Meet other powder hounds and locals while enjoying some of the only AUTHENTIC western food in town.

Of special interest to most LPLs – flash your Aussie passport for 1 Free Vegemite on Toast and a Cuppa Tea! (not transferrable to non-Aussies… they won’t like it anyway!)

More information on the Outdoor Japan site, & The Outpost site.

The Outpost is at the base of the lovely Asahiya Ryokan Hotel, which boasts lovely western & Japanese style rooms plus a lush roof-top onsen.

Banner for The Outpost

The Asahiya Onsen
onsen

Asahiya Ryokan Japanese-style room
Asahika room

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