Fresh Snow

Every morning we get a yummy breakfast and a weather update from Gab (a Swiss ski champion who manages the Villa along with his Japanese wife Kyoko). This morning Gab brought the news that everyone wanted to hear - 5cm of fresh snow overnight. A pathetic amount by Japanese standards, but we were grateful for it anyway. We were up at first lifts, ready for our 6th consecutive day on the…

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Skiing and a soak in the onsen

Up until now, the Villa has been a pretty calm place. Most of the residents are families from a variety of countries. This morning we had some new arrivals, a large family group of very loud Gold Coast Aussies. We shudder to think how many cultural faux pas they will commit while in Japan! The shuttle bus was delayed about 20 minutes this morning as they just couldn't get organised. The…

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Summer on the mountain

The forecast overnight snow didn't happen. We are finding weather forecasts here to be about as reliable as what we are used to back home! After the cloud and light rain/snow of yesterday, it was back to perfect bluebird conditions today. Today was the official start of the spring ski season in Nozawa, which meant many of the lifts have retired for the season. The 23 lifts was reduced to around…

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Narita to Nosawa Onsen

With our early bird start, we were able to have a nice laze in bed and still get to breakfast for 6:30am opening. The freebie breakfast was surprisingly good - toast, sausages, rice, veggies, noodles and a few unidentifiable dishes. It was funny watching other people eat - the Chinese tourists were tucking into tomato sauce sandwiches and eating them whole with chopsticks! After checking out the nearby 7-eleven, we headed…

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