Nozawa

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P ackaging was immaculate. This was just a lunchbox, before...

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... and after opening.

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Snow-covered fields on the way up to Nagano.

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A standard conductor and train scene.

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The constantly-scrolling LEDs didn't help us much.

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Into the mountains.

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Olympic posters in the Nagano train stations.

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We soon took the next bus from Nagano to Nozawa Onsen

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The M-Wave olympic arena

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The Japanese 'Alps'

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There was more and more snow as we drove higher

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... and higher

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... and higher

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Scott in a yukata, a casual house-robe.

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Yukata were provided by many hotels and ryokan.

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Ali looked good in hers, too

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The glass informed us that it was "washed up"

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The amount of snow was made apparent when a person waded out onto a roof to shovel it off

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A map of the town and the mountain

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... and a photo of the same from the mountain

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The mountains were upside down to this US skiier-- flat near the top nd precipitous near the bottom.

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Snowboarders are the same everywhere.

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That run over there? Intermediate.

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Still squinting, still pretty. Oh, and the view.

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This is looking down that intermediate run.

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Many of the runs were like this-- a graded run along the ridge with trails like cliffs off the side.

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It was a glorious day.

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Skiing often felt like being on the nose of an airplane coming in to land.

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Some of the cliffs had retaining fences, some were runs.