Monday, April 30, 2012

Ski day 51 at Tateyama -Day 2-

51st day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 16 days for backcountry, telemark for 15 days
Tateyama 9:20-14:45
Continued from Ski day 50 at Tateyama -Day 1-

It was cloudy on the day 2 at Tateyama, despite of the forecast.

Early departure would be hard for our climbing skins on icy condition. We stayed at the cabin for a while and left at 9am.

We came up to Bessan peak.

We now descend to Bessan sawa (valley).
The top was icy, and average angle is 45 degrees. Very scary.

Now we go.

From the middle of the valley, it turned nice corn snow.

The snow was too melty at the lower valley.

We started climbing again at the cross point with Tsurugi sawa.

It started raining. The forecast said it was sunny. Hmmm.

Heizo dan valley. It was covered by debri.

We found a rock ptarmigan.

Now we came back to Tsurugi Gozen peak.

And I found my binding was not working well.
We planned to go down to a cabin, leave stuff and climb again, but we had to stop now.

The last run was also good.

Kenzanso cabin.

A red pennant on my bag is Kenzanso's that I bought 9 years ago.
At that time the cabin was old, small and cold.
It was destroyed by too much snow and rebuilt 5 years ago.
I should say this is a lodge, not a cabin any more.

It became sunny in the evening.
We should climb again!

It is nice to look up our trails from the cabin.

The cabin was very comfortable. We felt as if staying at a nice lodge in town unless we see this scenary.

Continued to Ski day 52 at Tateyama -Day 3-

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ski day 50 at Tateyama -Day 1-

50th day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 15 days for backcountry, telemark for 15 days
Tateyama 10:00-16:00

After 6 months I came back to Tateyama.

Continued from Ski day 49 at YariOnsen/Hakuba-Yarigatake

The second day of the Golden Week I went to a three-day tour to Tateyama with my friend.

We left Hakuba at 3am.

It was still dark.

We arrived at Tateyama station at 5.30am. We slept for a while, then went to the window.

A long cue for the ticket window.

We took a direct bus to Murodo.

A famous snow wall from the bus.

Here we come to Tateyama.

We put climbing skins and started climbing.

I was very hot today.

We arrived at Tsurugi-gozen cabin.

Today we stay here. We left unecessary stuff and started climbing again to Tsurugi-Gozen, a peak next to the cabin.

Tsurugidake, on the left and Hakuba summits (in the middle, seen far).
Hakuba-yari, in the middle of Hakuba summits was the mountain we climbed 24 hours ago.
It is strange to see the peak again 24 hours after we climbed.

Here we go.

No track and very nice wet snow.

Nice slope.

Then we went down to Heizo Dan (Heizo valley) to see the condition.

Unfortunately the valley was covered by debri.

It's a shame that we could not enjoy skiing here, but we are lucky that we would not be hit by the avalanche.

A nice night view of Toyama City.

Continued from Ski day 51 at Tateyama -Day 2-

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Ski day 49 at YariOnsen/Hakuba-Yarigatake
49th day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 14 days for backcountry, telemark for 15 days
Hakuba Yarigatake 6:15-17:00
We skied down on Oideppara, a huge slope from Mt. Hakuba-yari.
The first day of the Golden week. (Golden week is a Japanese holiday season with several national holidays)

The weather looks fine today.

We tried Yari Onsen (a hot spa).
Woke up at 5am and started climbing at 6am.
We should be able to expect skiing down on Oidappara and reach the peak of Hakuba-Yari.
There were many cars at the parking lot.

Most of people seemed going to Hakuba Daisekkei (snow valley) Through Obinata to Yari Onsen.

We left beer cans at Yari Onsen and climbed up on Oideppara (a huge slope).
This year there is much snow, which allowed us to climb up on skies.

I slipped down 10m just before the ridge. Hmmm. I got some troubles with my heels and leg cramp, and after that...

We arrived at the peak of Hakuba-Yari.
Tateyama summits were seen beautiful.

Now we go down on Oideppara.

The maximum angle should be more than 45 degrees.
Nice slope!

It's a shame to leave. We came down to Yari Onsen.
Not like usual we had to cross the water flow to the spa.

The spa was hot. We cooled it down with snow. The climbing to Obinata was awful. We all were exhausted with the spa and beer. We found a group to bring a beer server and a keg to the ridge.

They served us a glass of beer. You should not expect a draft beer in such a place. The total climb was 2000m height. It was long but a nice day.

Continued to Ski day 50 at Tateyama -Day 1-

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Ski day 48 at Garagara-sawa/HappoOne

48th day for this ski season, 28 days for powder, 13 days for backcountry, telemark for 15 days Garagara-sawa 8:30-13:15 Gear: Teneighty GUN+GARMONT RADIUM HappoOne 14:00-16:00 Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G We skied on Garagara-sawa. Beautiful morning. The forecast says it would be hot today. The snow melted in lower area. The lower area has already been closed. Today we would go back country skiing. We skied in the ski area before ascending. The condition was hard enough to ski. It was nice. We picked our bags up and started climbing. A couple took wedding pictures. Nice contrast with a white wedding dress, the snow and the sky. Beautiful Hakuba summits. Panorama picture. Now we go down to Garagara-sawa. I like this steep slope, but the condition was not good. The lower valley had much debri and hard to ski down. The biggest challange of today. We have to cross this river. I tried to find an easy place, but couldn't. This dam should be the easiest place. After crossing the river. I got wet. The road to the end had little snow. I had to remove skies several times. After the backcountry ski, I came back to the ski area with my friend Yoshi. We enjoyed telemark skiing until the close time.