Sunday, January 30, 2011

Ski day 31 at HappoOne

31st day for this ski season, 20 days for powder, 9 days for backcountry, telemark for 11days

HappoOne 8:00-11:10

Low pressures are coming!! Anywhere will do today!
However Cortina is risky if #4 does not run.

Happo will be good to me with my season pass.

20cm fresh snow on my car.

I thought the gondola lift started at 7:30 but it was at 8:00.
I asked an operator but he told the time is irregular. What??

Today they had an early morning service and some were already running on Central when the gondola started.
I went straight to Alpen without Central.

Junkies were coming!!

I was 5th or 6th at Alpen lift, and went straight to Tanuki without Usagi. Then I got the first track!!
Very light and fine snow, not like in Hakuba. I got high speed!!

Went to Tanuki again, but it was already gone.

Next was Kurobishi and Skyline. Few fresh snow remained.

Skyline pair lift had just started when I came.

It was gone already?

3 runs at Skyline, one Panorama and one Kokusai to finish.

Panorama and Kokusai were already finished.

I got a new jacket (left) at Rapie, where many gear and cloths are available. Staffs speak English.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Ski day 30 at Otari

30th day for this ski season, 19 days for powder, 9 days for backcountry, telemark for 11days

Otari 8:50-15:10

Today I joined BanYa tour.

The destination was Daihoraku,

but it was pretty much foggy in the morning. Can we go there?

The roof of the hotel was red.

It is a bad sign for the powder?

Climbing after connecting lifts.

Nice atmosphere to climb.

Arriving at Daihoraku.

Too white out and flat light for going down.

Changing the direction to the mountain as usual.

Nice powder.

We went to the different peak in the afternoon.

Nice tree runs.

A nice mountain.

It's a shame not to go to Daihoraku, but we enjoyed the nice powder. Thanks to BanYa tour.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ski day 29 at HappoOne

29th day for this ski season, 18 days for powder, 8 days for backcountry, telemark for 11days

HappoOne 13:50-16:30
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

I just expected a few runs in the afternoon, but it started snowing heavier. Then later is better to expect more snow.

I went to HappoOne.

Despite of my expectation, very few fresh snow at Skyline.

Usagi was still bumpy.

I was pretty disappointed and decided to go home after skiing on Riesen.
More nicely, it could be better to start from Grat to Riesen.

Now I found fresh powder snow at Grat. Almost no one was there.


Nice condition, but the rope restriction was not good.

Almost middle of Grat was restricted. This is too unfriendly, Happo patrols!

I ran 10 times until the lift was closed.
This is how a junkie runs. A junkie cannot stop by himself.
The snow was so deep to my west.

No one was skiing at Skyline any more.

Pretty much satisfied. I was exhausted although I started late afternoon.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ski day 28 at Cortina

28th day for this ski season, 17 days for powder, 8 days for backcountry, telemark for 10days

Cortina 8:30-11:15

It was pretty good snowing last night, and we expected it might be good powder??

Few fresh snow on my car in the morning...
We go to Cortina any way.

We came to Corita.
Official said the fresh snow was 25cm. Few people were seen. Everyone seemed to expect it is hopeless today.

Fresh snow was not enough to cover on Hieda3. Hieda2 looked well-covered, but what's there under it?
Then we went straight to trees. No need to rush, with less competition.

Fresh snow in trees, but not well-covered.

We went to the back country side from the second run.

Good fresh snow in the back country side.

We were the first to walk.

Other two runs there.

Today, few junkies and powder remained, but the lifts were crowded. It was probably a good day for ordinary people.
It took 45 mins. for one round for the back country side.

We gave up for another run for the crowded lift.

Generally, a good powder day. We wish it would be 10cm more.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Ski day 27 at Urahiyo/HappoOne

27th day for this ski season, 16 days for powder, 8 days for backcountry, telemark for 10days

Urahiyo 8:15-12:30
HappoOne 14:15-15:45
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Powder news were heard yesterday.
We went to Urahiyo, because there should be few guests on Friday.

The trace was fine and traces yesterday still remain.

The first run.

Happiness is confirmed.


Climbed and went down again.

Very light powder snow brought us a really big day!!

In the afternoon, I picked my wife with me and gather around happiness.

Tanuki looked very nice,...

but almost ended.

Usagi today.

A BBQ restaurant for dinner.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Ski day 26 at HappoOne

26th day for this ski season, 15 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 9days

HappoOne 13:15-15:00
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Today heavy snow was expected in Nihonkai area. Back countriy of Cortina should be also nice in weekdays.
But I went to bed at 4 o'clock after work after I arrived late.

I could not get up....

Calm and slow skiing in HappoOne.

It is Friday and Riesen was not crowded.

Usagi was not crowded either.

After skiing for two hours, relaxed time at cafe in Echoland.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ski day 25 at HappoOne

25th day for this ski season, 15 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 8days

HappoOne 8:10-12:50
Gear: Teneighty GUN Labo+GARMONT RADIUM

Strong winter atmospheric pattern might bring heavy snow. We though the powder was absolutely expected, but few snow was on my car.
Then we had less hope in Happo, but went there just in case.

Regular operation hour is from 7:30, but it was delayed to 8:00 due to heavy snow. Is that true!?

Powder junkies were gathering, but fewer than other weekends.

One down on Central. Perfect!! No hitting on the bottom. Overhead snow.

Second run should be at Usagi after Alpen quad operation started.

Usagi looked very good with no track.

We were too late for Usagi, then went straight to Tanuki. A perfect run with no track.

It's gone too fast...

Skyline lift was not operational yet, but we should go now.
Another perfect run at Kurobishi.

Only few were in Skyline.

Went down to bottom and ran down at Kokusai with some powder.

We were coming back to Skyline, but it became windy and almost white out.
Hard to see the slope with flat light.

Waiting at Virgin Cafe until the wind stopped.

Nice to have mini ├ęclair, 250yen

The wind seemed still blowing. Now we decided to go down.

A moment of clear view allowed us to go down in Kurobishi with nice powder run.

We came back to Skyline but the lift service was canceled due to the strong wind.

Now the time to end.

Today, we enjoyed peaceful powder day with less competition. It was the first time for us to enjoy powder snow even until 12:50.

It looked nice tomorrow as well, but I got a job tomorrow. I should make it on Tuesday...

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Ski day 24 at Cortina

24th day for this ski season, 14 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 8days

Cortina 8:40-11:50
Gear: Teneighty GUN Labo+GARMONT RADIUM

Pretty good snowing at night. Today we go to Cortina again.

Snow fall over 20cm on my car in the morning and still snowing. Powder should be expected.

Twitter brought us a news R148 was closed. We wondered to change to HappoOne, or stick to Cortina with some traffic at Tsugaike.
We decided to go to Cortina, because it was too late to Happo.

Fortunately Tsugaike was not too bad for its traffic.

Fewer cars were parked at Cortina than last week.

Pair lift #4. Also fewer people were seen.

Info was given that Hieda was bumpy, so we went straight to trees.
It was also bumpy in trees. Nice light powder, but the bumpy bottom did not allow us go faster.

Back country side was too good!!

Very few people were seen. Very calm, quiet and peaceful powder day with less competition. We wish the powder day should always be like it.

The powder still remained but we ended with satisfaction.

Ramen at Yaen for lunch, located at ex Hakuba Highland ski area.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ski day 23 at Cortina

23th day for this ski season, 13 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 8days

Cortina 9:00-12:00
Gear: Teneighty GUN Labo+GARMONT RADIUM

It was snowing pretty well last night but no fresh snow was on a car in the morning.
Checked the web camera at HappoOne after dawn, but no fresh snow was seen.

Now I decided to got to Cortina, where they might not open the powder courses after snowing. Let's see how it works.

Getting blue sky in Hakuba.

Hotel's roof was covered snow, which is the sign of the powder day. Now do they open the courses?

The ticket office told me chairlift#4 would be opened. I left my gear at home so I cannot go to the back country site.

A long cue at #4.

I was to late for Hieda2 so I tried Hieda3.

Then I got a track.

Skiing in trees. The powder was to my west!

Chairlift#5 started but too late. The main course was already finished.

Went back to #4 and skiing in trees again.

The powder was still there.

But, the bottom of creeks were...

like a pipe.
It wasn't like that last year. Wish to have more snow.

Ended up at 12pm. Pretty much enjoyed.

On the way back home I tried a Ramen shop 'Yaen' newly opened at ex-Highland ski area.

Very good! Similar Ramen houses are found in Tokyo but have never been seen in Hakuba before.

Sunday, January 09, 2011

Ski day 22 at HappoOne

22nd day for this ski season, 12 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 8days

HappoOne 11:20-14:00
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

I went to HappoOne.
I come back to Telemark again after my boot was repaired.

Not good visibility.

The powder snow still remained in trees at Tanuki.

After skiing, I had lunch at High Cascade cafe.

I like this style.

It was snowing very good at the bottom.

Powder snow can be expected tomorrow??

Saturday, January 08, 2011

Ski day 21 at Urahiyo

21st day for this ski season, 12 days for powder, 7 days for backcountry, telemark for 7days

Urahiyo 8:30-14:00

The powder the day before yesterday seemed kept at Urahiyo, that's where we were going today.

The members today were Ekazo, yas-san, sato-san & her friend o-san.

Sato san and o-san were new at Urahiyo. I hope they enjoy there.

Traces yesterday and a party ahead made good traces which allowed us climb easily.

Checked a pit and descend. I forgot to take a picture there.

Climbed up again and attempted to go down a good creek...

Lower places were still with bush.

Tried to see the place the party ahead went down.

Very deep!

Upstream of the dam had some holes, but it was ok for passing through.

Thanks for the members today.

The snow should be more. Hope we got big snow falls again.

After skiing I went to a cafe with my wife.