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The Legendary Roadie - Reviews

Great trip

Stephen
20/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    January
My son and I went on the first 'Legendary Roadie' that Jason had run and it was very good. There were six of us plus one guide in the van which is a bit of a challenge if the vehicle is not quite big enough! We started with three days in the Shiga Kogen valley staying at Hostel Aibiya in Yudanaka. Yoshi & Seongmi were terrific hosts and the hostel is great with plentiful continental breakfast and great local eggs! We joined in with others for these three days which was fine. No great quantities of new snow but although I had been there before, my son had not so we covered a fair bit of terrain. Highlights include a visit to the highest lift accessed point in Japan. Jason and his other guides have an excellent, detailed knowledge of all the resorts and the many runs on offer. Yudanaka is a wonderful local town about 20 min bus ride from the Shiga resorts and only 45 min by local train from Nagano. We then travelled to Tenjin for three nights which is a great out of the way place/resort with awesome terrain and low numbers of skiers/boarders. I had heard a lot about Tenjin and was not disappointed. The side/back country is very easily accessed and provides challenging terrain. Jason teamed up with local guide Kieran from Tenjin Lodge to provide experienced local knowledge which I believe is the way to go. We skied/rode at Tenjin for two days and Okutone for one day which is close by. the Tenjin lodge is more than adequate but the best part was a visit to nearby Minakami village for local dinners and also there is a great onsen complex nearby. Van trips are great but one of the important considerations is having the group compatible with each other and Jason was quite particular in trying to achieve this. We managed a half day ski at Madarao on the way back to Yudanaka. this was not officially part of the trip but since they had had new snow and was on the way we fitted it in. I have been to Japan five times in total and been on "Roadie' trips before, and I would say that this trip was up there in terms of overall quality. Jason has been running trips of various types in Japan for quite a while now and this showed in the overall quality of/inclusions in, the overall package. Thrown in also were things like a Karaoke evening, trips to Sushi train restaurants, visit to Snow Monkey Park and the like.

The Legendary Roadie and Mt Tenjin

Fraser Hannon
18/03/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    New Zealand
  • Month:
    January
Thoroughly enjoyed the roadie trip with Japan Powder Culture Tours. After spending our first week or so skiing at the resorts like Shiga Kogen around Yudanaka we headed to the Tenjin Lodge to ski Mt Tenjin and other resorts in the vicinity. Our first 2 days skiing on the roadie were at Mt Tenjin itself and there was a massive storm that hit us during those two days. The snow was unreal and the terrain in the slack/backcountry there was great. Very steep in places with great spacing between the trees which made for long runs without stopping. Also even though we were getting dumped on and the powder was close to waist deep there was no more than 50-60 people aprox on the mountain each day which was awesome. I would definitely go back on a trip to Mt Tenin if I get the chance and recommend to go with Japan Powder Culture Tours.