Monday, December 31, 2012

Ski day 20 at Snowbird and 'Urahiyo', USA - day 7

We did backcountry skiing in 'Urahiyo', as our favorite area in Hakuba.
20th day for this ski season, 12 days for powder, 4 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
Snowbird 9:15-10:30
'Urahiyo' 11:50-15:10
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM
Continued from Ski day 19 at Brighton, USA - day 6

Although a new year has started in Japan, it is still December 31 morning here in Salt Lake City.
16 hours to go.


We came to Snowbird.


New powder snow is not expected here, but we bought 2/5 tickets, which is valid two days of five days. Today is the last day of the validation. Not to waste the ticket we had no choice to go to anywhere else.

No sunlight comes yet. Very chilly.


Nice groomed courses,

but long and fast turns made us frozen.
We did short turns to warm up.

We went to the bowl, but hiking up was not allowed.


We did several runs but ended up at 10:30 am.


We moved to Alta ski resort, next to Snowbird.
Early lunch.


After lunch we hiked up on the mountain in front of Alta.


The terrain looks very similar to 'Omote-Hiyo', our favorite backcountry area.
And we found the other side also looks very similar to 'Urahiyo', our favorite area.

Now we go down on 'Urahiyo'.


Urahiyo always attracts us.

Very fine powder snow.

Then we hiked up to the other side. In Hakuba we call 'Okuhiyo'.


The area seemed for Heli-skiing and got many tracks already.


'Okuhiyo' was also nice.


Now we hike and go back to the base.


In Hakuba, 'Omote-Hiyo' becomes bad by the sunshine, but here this side did not get worse, because of the high altitude.

Wow!

We came straight back to the parking lot.

Very convenient. We enjoyed the powder snow a lot.

I just realized today is the day-20, since I started skiing in November.

Year-end party at the suites.


Continued to Ski day 21 at Brighton, USA - day 8

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ski day 19 at Brighton, USA - day 6

We went to Brighton today.


19th day for this ski season, 11 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
Brighton 9:30-14:10
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM
Continued from Ski day 18 at Canyons, USA - day 5

Today we went to Brighton, where we have never been before.
It has a histroy since 1936, the time it was established.
We won't expect the powder snow, but we checked the backcountry gate for future reference.


Nice various ups and downs.


We found a good terrain looking up from the base, but....
We come closer and found it was very short.

Also the lower part was very bumpy.


Hamburger again.

BBQ sauce was nice.

In the afternoon it got snowing and the visibility became less.


We left early.

Nepali food for diner.

It is very nice. Hard to pick the right menu, as they have so many menus.
Himarayan Kitchen
360 South State Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84111
+1-801-328-2077

Local beer.

Wasatch is the name of the area, where Snowbird is located.


Continued to Ski day 20 at Snowbird and 'Urahiyo', USA - day 7

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Ski day 18 at Canyons, USA - day 5

Today we went to Canyons.

18th day for this ski season, 11 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
Canyons 9:00-15:30
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G
Continued from Ski day 17 at Snowbasin, USA - day 4


Canyons, we have never been there.
We heard it has nice views.
Indeed...

There are many course varieties.

Nice terrain.

The trails are for Helicopter tour, but it looks easy to hike.

There are gorgeous lodges in the resort.

The lodges are accessible by car, and ski/snowboards.

The price is around $10 millions, or $3,000 per day.

Additional powder.


We traveled almost all courses.

This is the other end of the resort.

There is a hood quad lift. The hood is yellow.

Then the view is yellow.

We skied very much today.


Diner at our favorite Italian restaurant.

Biaggi's
194 South 400 West Salt Lake City, UT 84101
+1-801-596-7222

Continued to Ski day 19 at Brighton, USA - day 6

Friday, December 28, 2012

Ski day 17 at Snowbasin, USA - day 4

Get up early and go skiing.

17th day for this ski season, 11 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Snowbasin 9:00-15:45
Gear: BanYa M1102+GARMONT RADIUM
Continued from Ski day 16 at Snowbird, USA - day 3

Today we could not expect much powder snow.
We went to Snowbasin with a longer drive.

It was snowing in the morning.


The weather was getting better as soon as we approached to the ski resort.


The upper site was not clear,


but the sun came out.

Today we skied all together.

Snowbasin has few capacity for lunch.

We went to the restaurant at the base area at 11am, to avoid the rush time, but the restaurant was already full. Some seating were apparently non-skiers or snowboarders. We could not find our slot and had to take a lift to the restaurant on the peak.

Burger for lunch. Too much fries to finish.

After lunch we saw the blue sky.


We looked for the powder remaining.

There were still no tracks. It was short, though.


We went into bush where the snow still remained.


At the end we had to walk through thick bushes.


Today I got many troubles.
I tied a strap very lose and my wife lost the lift ticket.
She had a tag and the ticket was reissued, but the tag was occasionally switched with mine.
Therefore my ticket became invalid and I also had to have my ticket reissued.
Also I did not feel very well with my stomach.
We lost our time.

In the afternoon the mountain goes in shadow and it becomes very cold.


On the way back we could see the Great Salt Lake. 

A cargo train.

It was surprising to me that all cargo had double containers.


Japanese-American sushi roll

Kyoto
1080 E 1300 Salt Lake City, UT 84105
+1 801-487-3525

Continued to Ski day 18 at Canyons, USA - day 5