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  • Published: 65 days ago

Ski Japan – Japanese ski resorts

Ski holidays in Japan

Japan Ski Japan Japanese ski resorts

Japan is made up of four main islands: Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu. The islands mostly feature mountainous terrain and numerous lakes. The cities are Western influenced yet distinctly Asian. They bustle with activity and the people are among the friendliest and most courteous of anywhere in the world. The Japan Alps in Central Honshu is the busiest skiing area in the country and the ski season here runs from December to May.

Most of Japan’s ski resorts are scattered around Central Honshu and on Hokkaido Island to the north, while Nagano prefecture to the northwest of Tokyo in central-westHonshu offers the best choice. The 1998 Winter Olympics were held in Nagano.

Nozawa Onsen is one of Japan’s most extensive ski resorts, but it doesn’t permit snowboarding. The ski and village facilities here are superb and there are free hot springs dotted around the town. The slopes here are well groomed for beginner and intermediate skiers, while experts have some mogul runs near the top of the mountain and one very long slope. Accommodation and après-skioptions are also good, but prices are expensive in the high season.

Not far to the south is Shiga Kogen is a collection of 22 major ski resorts that are interconnected by trails and buses. The mountain is given over to all types of resorts, with some being quiet and others well geared for the tourist hordes. Prices are generally cheaper than at Nozawa Onsen and there is greater hotel availability at the lesser resorts.

North of Tokyo, Appi Kogen is one of Japan’s best ski areas, withwell-groomedpistes and trails for all levels of skiers and snowboarders. There is mogul terrain galore here, deep powder, loads of ski lifts and excellent après-skifacilities. Other top resorts in Japan include Niseko, Furano and Asahi Dake in Hokkaido as well as Sun Alpina and Zao on Honshu.

Tokyo’s Narita International Airport receives the bulk of air traffic into Japan and has excellent access to Tokyo and farther afield. While Narita is the main point of entry into Japan,Osaka-KansaiInternational Airport is also a busy hub with excellent transfer options by road and rail. Other airports in Japan include Chitose and Sapporo on Hokkaido Island. Japan is crisscrossed by well-maintainedexpressways and bullet trains provide fast access to major points.

If you’re travelling here, we recommend that you take a good guidebook. We like the layout and content of the Lonely Planet book. It provides an excellent mix of travel information and practical advice. Click below to purchase. You won’t regret buying it!

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Myoko Akakura ski resort hotel accommodation and map – Japan

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Shiga Kogen ski resort hotel accommodation and map – Japan

  • Published: 36 days ago

Ski Indonesia – Indonesian ski resorts

Ski holidays in Indonesia

Indonesia Ski Indonesia Indonesian ski resorts

Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) is the highest mountain in the Pacific Basin at 18,947 feet (5,775 meters) and is, typically, considered the highest peak of the seventh continent (Australia/Oceania) for climbers attempting the Seven Summits. It rises from Irian Jaya’s steep and rugged Sudirman Mountain range, just fifty miles from the island’s southern shore. Much of this range is characterized by easy terraces, surmounted by severe rock walls.

Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) north face is comprised of sheer 10,000 foot cliffs which embrace an extensive ice wall glacier. From the last airstrip at Ilaga village there is approx 5–6 days hard and tough trekking through the stone-age cultural environment. 6–7 hours walk in one day within rain-cloud forest, hilly terrain, muddy trails, highland swamps, crossing streams with rain showers for approx 4–7 hours a day. Normally a 4 day return trip back to Ilaga village, then by charter plane fly directly to Jayapura, the capital town of Papua province (formerly Irian Jaya). It’s a Indiana Jones type of adventure!

The route on Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) follows a series of gullies up the north face for 500m of solid rock before breaking out on the ridge. Riddled with notches, the summit ridge undulates for half a kilometre. From this point, pitch and leave a rope fixed to jumar on return. On the descent, rappel a short distance and down climb most of the way. The rock is extremely good, rarely loose, and always provides good friction even in wet weather. The rock climbing difficulty on Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya) is up to 5.8 for short steeps, but most of the climbing is scrambling. It is important that you have basic rock climbing skills and are comfortable with rappelling and jumaring.

In the highland areas, day time temperatures should range between 75 and 45 degrees F with most evenings at about 45 degrees F. Expect warm afternoon showers, which may turn cool if encountered on a mountain pass. Closer to Carstensz Pyramid (Puncak Jaya), snow or inclement weather may accrue. Temperatures can range from 28 degrees F to 60 degree F with occasional sunshine in the mornings. Rainfall is common in the afternoons and evenings. Winds are variable and can be strong.

  • Published: 36 days ago

Ski Nepal – Nepalese ski resorts

Ski holidays in Nepal

Nepal Ski Nepal Nepalese ski resorts

Skiing and heli-skiing is a new sport in Nepalese Himalayas. Being the home of eight of the highest mountains in the world, Nepal brings out the best of skiing and mountaineering expeditions. The Everest region, Annapurna, Dhauligiri, Makalu, Cho Oyu, Kangchenjunga, the Dolpo regions, and more are all ready and waiting for your on-snow signature. It would take a lifetime of skiing each and every area before you skied the same run twice.

Unlike in the mountainous regions of Kashmir, skiing in Nepal has not been developed with lifts and lodges. But some high valleys and slopes are ideal or cross-country skiing. West Nepal, near Rara Lake, and upper Langtang or parts of Khumbu are less steep than many of Nepal’s near vertical valleys, and could be approached during late winter or early spring. Skis and equipment are not generally nor available for rent in Kathmandu, so must be self-supplied.

Skiing is one sport that has gained immense popularity all over the world and in the past decade has become quite an attention grabbing sport because of the Himalayas. The vast open spaces above the snowline have flung open to ski enthusiasts.

Adding heli-skiing to Nepal’s already rich and mystic outdoor world makes it a Nepal experience like never before. From going to high remote places in Nepal during the winter months, to making endless first descents, to having it all to yourself, to incredible views of Nepal’s Himalaya while flying in the helicopter, or simply the incredible views taken in while skiing or lodges we stay at. It is incredible, and it is simply is beyond words, the experience will change you and the way you look at life.

Just being in Nepal’s Himalaya in the winter months is quite exciting all on its own; to be out in the middle of the Himalaya on skis is another world all together. If the views of the surrounding peaks doesn’t put you into a trance and into a world you never thought before existed, the skiing will, as this is some of the finest skiing on earth.

On the average, you can ski from 5,300 meters down to 3,300 meters. Occasionally you will get in a few 5,500 meter starts, making the ski descents over 2,200 vertical meters. The snow conditions are your typical big mountain snow conditions, where you will ski on just about anything a big mountain can throw at you. Since you have the advantage of a helicopter flying you, you will be able to pick and choose from the best conditions and exposures.

The areas will offer some of the most spectacular skiing on earth with the Everest region obviously coming in strong on the view department, via its spectacular and classic views of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse and Ama Dablam.

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