Sunday, January 26, 2014

Ski day 24 at HappoOne

24th day for this ski season, 15 days for powder, 4 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
HappoOne 7:50-9:50
Official Snow fall 30cm, Sarukura 6H 11cm

I woke up and found it was raining. I expected already, and wondering how high the freezing level was.
Powder search called Sarukura, at 1250m above the sea, had snow fall.

My powder mate gave up already, but I decided to check it out.

It was really slushy at the parking lot.

But it was a little snowing, as a little piece of hope.
I parked my car at the all furthest at Kokusai, and walked down to the gondola station all the way.

A huge pool on the road.

Nice frost enough on the trees. Is it a good sign?

Got on the Alpen lift.

There were very few junkies in the very weather.

I went straightly to Tanuki, but I hit the bottom a lot.

Kurobishi and Skyline after it was good enough.

Skyline #2 was not operational yet and I got on the gondola again.

Then Skyline #2 got operational.

Main piste was almost finished.
Then I visited some places I know.

I did not expected much today, and it was much more than it.

Morning coffee at Coffee Senjyu.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Ski day 23 at HappoOne

Resort skiing.

23rd day for this ski season, 14 days for powder, 4 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
HappoOne 7:40-11:30
Gear: HEAD i.Supershape Magnum
Gear: Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Today no snow fall was called and the sunny day came.
We did resort skiing.

We got up early and headed the 'Asa-ichi Riesen', or the early morning skiing on the well-groomed Riesen.

The cue was growing but the piste did not become busy so much.
A championship was made on Kokusai, which was blocking us to move around. It was annoying.

Past 10am we changed Alpine skies to Telemark.

We came back to Riesen again.

It became windy and we ended up.

Curry with rice for lunch at Usakichi, just in front of Nakiyama.

The thick clouds were covering mountains.

Can we expect the powder snow tomorrow?

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Ski day 22 at Charmant

Another powder day.

22nd day for this ski season, 14 days for powder, 4 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Charmant 8:30-10:50
Official Snow fall 30cm, Kanayamasawa6H 26cm

The snow fall was pretty good in Otari, but too much snow would suspend Cortina #4 chairlift operation, and the rush into the lift was annoying. Charmant can be an option.

I got up early at 5:30am, and we left Hakuba at 6:30am.

The parking lot was not busy.

The cue was long enough, though.

Charmant is more peaceful and stress free than Cortina.

The approach to the powder zone became rough afterward.

We enjoyed for 2 hours half. Pretty much powder runs.

Lunch at COCCOLA J, back in Hakuba.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Ski day 21 at HappoBC

Nice back country powder.

21st day for this ski season, 13 days for powder, 4 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
HappoBC 9:00-13:00

We joined to BanYa tour.
Ascending from Happo ski resort.

Nice clouds sea at Grat lift.

Started climbing.

For the first run we went down on the north face.

Good enough.

A little wind-packed.

Then we climbed up again and went down on the south face.

The snow was thin for the beginning,

but it was really nice in the later part.

Nice view.

I have not seen the Happo chairlifts like this.

Then we go down in to the valley.

This was also the first time. We wanted be here.

Nice condition.

Keep going.

The terrain we came down.

Merge from Happo ski resort.

Many tracks.

Then we got through the annoying part, and

lastly we went down to Echoland.

Lunch at Sounds like cafe.

Dinner at Yakiniku Miyama.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ski day 20 at Cortina

20th day for this ski season, 12 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Cortina 8:30-11:55
Official Snow fall 30cm, Kanayamasawa6H 22cm

It was snowing pretty well last night. I expected Charmont, but the snow fall indicator looked good in Hakuba area. I went to bed with the options either Happo or Cortina.

In the morning the snow fall in Hakuba was not enough. I drove to Kokusai and checked the bumps were not covered enough, then moved to Cortina.

My position was around 30th.

The confirmation of safety for chairlift #4 was not yet when I bought the ticket but I went up anyway.

The operation had begun.

I was not in a good position and went straight to the line aside of the lift.

How sweet.

I went to the wood for the second run but it was already finished.

The chairlift #4 was always crowded and the cue was long.

Then I repeated the area I am familiar with.

Finally I went to the backside.

It was already finished and became almost bumps.

Enjoyed a pretty good day until noon.

Thanks for the day.

Today I saw many Swedish. I rode on the lift twice with Swedish. They were in a tour to explore something new. They had 25 people in a group!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Ski day 19 at Urahiyo

19th day for this ski season, 11 days for powder, 3 days for backcountry, telemark for 3 days
Urahiyo 8:00-11:35

Today we are going to Urahiyo.
We got there before the parking lot became full, as the second day of holidays.

Fortunately the ticket window was open and we got the ticket earlier.

We were the first in the cue.

The air was chilly.

We came up to Urahiyo.

Maybe I am demanding, but the trace we followed was awful.

We did two runs, but there was an wind-crust layer and it was not fun.

Urahiyo is not always perfect.

The other side was relatively good.

Tsuganomori lift, as we rode in the morning, was very crowded.

Finished at 11:35.

Probably it was the earliest back country skiing.

Lunch at Wa-en ramen.

Dinner at Hakuba Hanten.

When we left the restaurant, it was snowing pretty well. Now, how is the condition tomorrow?