Monday, April 29, 2013

Ski day 63 at YariOnsen

The best "ex-"powder snow.

63rd day for this ski season, 33 days for powder, 17 days for backcountry, telemark for 12 days
YariOnsen 6:20-12:00

Today we got up very early, at 4:45am.
Morgenrot in Hakuba.

Today we aim at the left Mountain, Mt. Hakuba-Yarigatake, and the large valley of the left, Oideppara. We did the same route a year ago.
The mountain looks close, as we see everyday, but the approach is very long.
We have to get up early to get there.

The window shield got frost.

We started at 6:20 am.

The terrain just before the Obinata kor (saddle) was frozen, and the climbing skins did not work. I had to switch to the crampon.

8:00 Obinata kor (saddle). It took longer than I expected.

We were worrying about the weather, which looked worse.
The attach to the peak would not be possible.

There were huge debris at Shakushi-zawa.
Probably a couple weeks ago there should be a huge avalanche. 
Looks as if a dozer pushed the snow.
The power of the nature surprises us.

We arrived at Yari-Onsen spa at 9am.

There was much more snow than usual.
I have been here many times, but never seen the snow like this.

Approaching to the spa.

Arriving at the bath.

The water is usually hot, and we have to cool down with the snow.
Today we could put the snow very easily.

Nice spa.

After the spa we enjoyed coffee.

The weather got better, but

The snow was too slushy to allow us ski smoothly. The wet snow stops us.
We gave up to climb further.

The way back from Yari-Onsen spa.

The trail looks very nice, but the snow disturbed us to ski.

We came back to Obinata saddle.

Hiking was much easier than skiing.

The trail also looks nice, but the snow was bad.

Nice view, except the snow.

We came back to the base at noon.

It was much shorter trip than we planned.

Lunch at Sounds Like Cafe.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Ski day 62 at UraTengu

Time is money. Limited availability for the powder snow.

62nd day for this ski season, 33 days for powder, 16 days for backcountry, telemark for 12 days
UraTengu 9:20-11:50

Blue sky appears in Hakuba.

We could expect some powder snow after the snow fall yesterday.

We chose Ura-Tengu today.

Long cue for the rope way.

9:20 start hiking. It's already too warm.

10:00 Tenguppara, after 40mins walk.

It becomes warmer and warmer. We have to hurry, or the snow gets melted.

Many people are hiking to Mt. Hakuba-Norikura.

Ura-Tengu. Looks good. The snow is packed for the beginning, but the rest looks soft.

I am going down, too.

Nice powder snow. This will be the last one in this season.

We keep going to Urahiyo, where we put the climbing skins.

We hike up Urahiyo.

This terrain also looks good, but the snow already got bad.

This will be the last time to see Urahiyo in this season.

On the other side the snow was really bad.

The snow has already gone in the lower area. We have to take the descent gondola lift.

Cherry blossom at the base.

It's pretty much spring here.

Although it was a short time, we enjoyed the powder snow in the very limited time.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ski day 61 at HappoOne

Powder again.

61st day for this ski season, 32 days for powder, 15 days for backcountry, telemark for 12 days
HappoOne 10:00-11:30

My golden week has begun.
It was rainy on the way to Hakuba.
It could be snowing up there, but it seemed too warm. I did not wake up early.

The thunder woke me up. It was still raining.
I found it was snowing up there through web sites.
I was late, but the upper lifts were stopped due to the strong winds. There must be fresh powder snow if I hike.

Cherry blossom.

It turns snow in the middle.


The upper lifts were stopped.
I put climbing skins and got ready to hike.
The lift seemed open again.

Then I removed the skins and got on the lift.

It was very windy up here.

The powder snow was good.

I sometimes hit the bottom, but generally ok.

Then I ran on Kurobishi. It was also good.

It became very windy again.

A streamer was blew horizontally.

Lastly I ran on Panorama.

The lifts became stopped again. Now the time to go home.

On the way back I went to Sarukura, an entrance to the mountain.

It was very much snowy. I found skiers back. They told me the visibility was not good and there were whumping noises.

We were planning to go to Yari-Onsen spa tomorrow, but would better not to go.

Lunch at Coffee Senjyu.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ski day 60 at HappoOne

Probably the last powder in the ski resort.

60th day for this ski season, 31 days for powder, 15 days for backcountry, telemark for 12 days
HappoOne 8:00-10:40

I had a work on Saturday. On the way to Hakuba after work it was raining at highways. It turned to snow after Omachi.
The ground was already covered with the snow in Hakuba.

In the morning. My car was covered with the snow.
It is not so much as the best season, but it is already in mid April. I am happy to see it.

It seemed snowing up there. I got up early and caught the gondola lift from the beginning.
The ski resort got back to white.

I got the Alpine quad.

The snow fall was about 15cm.
I used Teneighty GUN, as it was the deep powder snow.

Usagi was a little tough as many bumps were not covered enough.

I moved up to Grat and enjoyed two powder runs.

Then I moved to Skyline.
It was very good and I was too exited to go to the mountain side.
I hit a hidden rock and fell down. I hit my waist to the ground very hard.

After that I enjoyed several runs in Skyline.
This looks very very good, but the reality is not like this. There must be hidden rocks and roots.

Two hours and half. Really enjoyed.
It was not like the best season, but it was good enough.

I went to see Magnolia of Shijukuin after skiing.

Full bloom.