Monday, February 24, 2014

Ski day 32 at HappoOne

Another nice sunny day in Happo-One.

32nd day for this ski season, 19 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 6 days
HappoOne 8:10-10:10
Gear: HEAD i.Supershape

I stayed in Hakuba last night and went skiing before my business trip in the afternoon.

It is vacant in weekdays.

Beautiful piste.

And I repeated on Riesen.

More stress-free than Saturday. I could run fast.

Then I went to Grat to the end.

Beautiful three summits.

Look forward to visiting Oideppara, the snow field on the left to the top.

Good to ski before work.

I wish I would do everyday.

Watching Mt. Shirouma with coffee at Coffee Senjyu.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ski day 31 at HappoOne

Nice blue sky in Hakuba.

31st day for this ski season, 19 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 6 days
HappoOne 8:00-11:20
Gear: HEAD i.Supershape Magnum

Piste is nicely groomed.

Today we were on Telemark skies.

We repeated on Riesen.

I felt very cold today as well.

Technical prize competition at Usuba.

I cannot do this at all.

The courses became busy and frastrating us. Now the time to leave.

A long cue was in Kokusai.

Generally good skiing day.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Ski day 30 at HappoOne

30th day for this ski season, 19 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
HappoOne 8:00-11:20
Gear: HEAD i.Supershape Magnum

Still good skiing without powder.

I took an early bullet train on Friday, to catch up with my work schedule.

which brings me to Hakuba early.

Today we got no snow fall and decided to go resort skiing.

Cooler radiative weather called minus 13 Celsius.

Nicely groomed piste in Panorama.

but we did mostly in Riesen.

The chairlift got long cues several times,

but basically the condition was good.

We ran very fast.

It was very cold all the way despite of the sun light.

Lunch at Sounds like cafe.

Hi calorie food, which we should not take.

Dinner at Tako Taco.

This is also high calorie.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ski day 29 at HappoOne

Enjoyed a powder day, and paid the cost...I could not go back to Tokyo.

29th day for this ski season, 19 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
HappoOne 8:25-13:30
Official Snow fall 30cm, Kanayamasawa6H 16cm

The morning comes.

It was very windy, and the leeward had much snow but the windward did not.

We expected the lifts in Happo-one would be suspended due to the strong wind, and tried Cortina, where 30cm snow fall was called.
But Cortina decided the chair lift #4 and #5 to be closed, and we came back to Happo-One.

We should be very late, but Kokusai #1 lift operation had just started due to the wind. It was the only one lift to access up there, and the gondola lift was still closed. We were in time.

We did on Tatekko for the first run.

It was packed with the wind but good enough.
We tried again, but it was almost finished.

The gondola lift had started and we tried Champion to Gondola station.

This side was already packed with the wind and the surface was crusty.

The gondola had started but the upper lift did not.

We were waiting for the service to be resumed at the restaurant.

Some had already started climbing.
A party was clibming in the main course of Usagi in the deep snow.
It should be much easier to climb up on the left side, which is usually groomed, and much more than it, the main course should be kept for descending.

My powder mate left his climbing skins and we started climbing after he brought the skins back.

We climbed fast on the groomed piste.

An Australian guy joined us, and we took him to the better place.
We enjoyed a lot.

He said it was awesome, and really it was.

It was too good to finish, and we did again.

The lift was still closed,

We climbed again.

While we were climbing, the lift was resumed.
We accelarated and lift passengers caught up with us, but we got the fresh lines.

The beginning was annoying such as the useless trip to Cortina, but the later half was really good powdering time.

We shovelled a car out.

I had to go back to Tokyo, but all highways to Tokyo were closed, and the bullet trains were not fully reliable.
My powder mates drove me to Nagoya.

But the drive was not direct and we had to go around along the Japan sea all the way.

Well the powder runs today were worth to do so. It happens while I do every weekend.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ski day 28 at HappoOne

Escaped Tokyo in deep snow and powder skiing in Hakuba.

28th day for this ski season, 18 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
HappoOne 7:45-9:45
Official Snow fall 15cm, Kanayamasawa6H 16cm

I finished my work before noon on Friday but the car had snow much in Tokyo already.

Despite of the tire chains were required on the highway, but it was not closed yet, and I could arrive in Hakuba smoothly.

Relaxing time with coffee at Senjyu.

In the next morning, the chairlift #4 and #5 were annnounced to be closed in Cortina, and we aimed Happo.

Snow depth in 20cm or more on my car, but the snow was heavy and slushy.

We drove through the snow fall with over 5cm snow flakes.

The depth was not enough, probably 15cm up there.

It seemed blowed up.

For the first run we aimed Tanuki.

We hit the bottom a lot and it was stressful.

Then we did a run on Usagi, and moved to Kurobishi.

This run was perfect.

The chairlift of Skyline #2 was not operational yet, and we got the gondola lift.
Usagi was finished already, but generally the area was not busy or crazy. Probably the highways were closed due to the heavy snow.

Skyline was good enough.

The lower part was slushy but the upper area was good.

Eggs Benedict for Lunch at Sounds Like Cafe, which I have been interested.

Yakiniku, or barbecue grill for dinner.

A send-off party for Ekazo, who is going to the cycling season.

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Ski day 27 at Cortina

A south coast low pressure impacted on Kanto and Koshinetsu reason yesterday.
I also travelled through the delay but does the powder snow deserve my effort?

Sunlight was coming in Hakuba.

27th day for this ski season, 17 days for powder, 5 days for backcountry, telemark for 4 days
Cortina 8:30-10:30
Official Snow fall 30cm, Kanayamasawa6H ?cm

Cortina called the snow fall in 30cm.
Tsugaike, on the way to Cortina, we found the parking lot was very vacant.
It was supposed to be full today, in the middle of national holidays.

The guests could not reach due to the highway close.
They must be in trouble, but it also damaged the economy here, as the one of busiest days.

However the cue was already made in Cortina.

Almost 40 junkies were before us.

Just before the lift start the cue was that long.

We were loaded on the lift #4 and dived into the terrain.

But it was different.

We hit bottoms very much.

The announcement was amended to 5cm.

We also tried the backside, but

also hit the bottom a lot.

There were some good place in the bottom of the concave terrain, or on the gentle slopes.

We did not fully enjoy.

We finished at 10:30.

Now I ended my 'duty' and now the time to go home.

The inbound train was almost full. Reserved seats were fully booked and I could have the non-reserved seat.

Tokyo station.

Almost 24 hours ago I was waiting for the resume of the serve here.

I was lucky not to have severe trouble and it was an exciting travel.