Snow Pow!! Sugadaira Snowboarding with GGB!

February…time to hit the slopes again! GGB headed to Sugadaira, Nagano, from 9th - 11th for a nice lil’ getaway from Tokyo.

Amazing views of the surrounding slopes in Sugadaira, Nagano

Amazing views of the surrounding slopes in Sugadaira, Nagano

It was the first time going here but it didn’t disappoint!

The town was quaint and sleepy, but the slopes plentiful! It wasn’t packed despite being a 3 day weekend…which was nice :) Another upside was that most of the people were there were skiers…and skiers don’t like powder apparently. So it was nice and fresh and deep for us! Snow Pow! Woo!

GGB boys getting ready to hit the slopes

GGB boys getting ready to hit the slopes

Evening 1 we went on a nice night walk to the conbini (about 30 mins walk away) but the conditions were awesome for a night stroll. Well…it was freezing of course…

Day 2 consisted of lots of woodland courses and drinking with random Japanese peeps. We even got to play little blackjack with them!

Day 3 we hit the bigger slopes and saw some mad views. Preeeeetty beautiful

Overall, I would definitely recommend Sugadaira and I would happily go again.

It was really affordable (just 27,000 for 3 days for rental, accommodation (including dinner and breakfast) lift tickets and transport using this site ——> Ski Ichiba!), not so busy, not so far from Tokyo, and the slopes were good.

Super enjoyable GGB Snowbo trip :)

Get out to the slopes peeps before the season comes to an end!

GGB's Snowboarding and Christmas Weekend

There’s nothing like winter in Japan. Christmas lights, shopping, snowboarding, and hot Sake.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all Smash players and Japan aficionados alike. GGB had a great holiday weekend starting off with snowboarding at Koumi Re-ex Ski Valley (小海リエックス・スキーバレー) on December 23rd and ending with an all night Christmas party from the 24th to Christmas morning hosted by GGB Mr BC.

When it comes to snowboarding in Japan, the winter season can be pretty unpredictable. In 2017, we went as early as December 18th and had pretty good conditions (snow, weather, coldness). This year, we weren’t so lucky at Koumi. There were only two runs open, the snow was artificial (but not too icy luckily), and the weather went from cloudy to rainy. On the plus side, it was just a 3 hour bus ride and only cost 5400 yen (an extra 2000 if you needed rental equipment). As a first run of the season, it did its job of getting our snowboarding legs back, but not much else. Luckily, what Koumi lacked in snow and good weather it made up for with plentiful beer vending machines.

(For more pictures of the trip and of Japan in general, check out Dajare’s Instagram post.
For more indepth reviews about snowboarding in Japan and about specific Ski Resorts in Japan, check out our friend Simon’s blogs about that topic: 4corners7seas)

The next day starting at 8pm, the whole GGB crew met up again at Mr BC’s spacious abode to spread Christmas cheer… which mostly translated to us drinking beer, eating pizza and other snacks, giving each other gifts, and playing Smash Ultimate. Oh, and two 1000mL bottles of good ol’ reliable St. Charles Mulled Wine. Mr BC won Bursss’s quiz game (with chroMa coming in a tight second) and Bursss won our friend T’s Smash Ultimate competition. Merriment was had, movies were watched, and hangovers were made.

GGB wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and reminding you to check back in about a week when we’ll post another blog featuring our upcoming multi-day snowboarding trip to Hakuba!