Saturday, January 31, 2015

Ski day 29 at Charmant

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29th day for this ski season, 27 days for powder, 11 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 days
Charmant 8:30-10:40
Gear: BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Official Snow fall 15cm, Sarukura 6H -cm

I was in Philippine for my business trip and left there on Friday.
A low pressure in the southern coast brought snow falls in Tokyo area, and the aircraft from Tokyo was delayed arriving in 2 hours.

8 a.m. I left a city in Philippine, 4 hours driving to Manila, 5 hours waiting for the delayed flight, 4 hours flight, 1 hour returning home,  and 4 hours and half for driving to Hakuba.
The arrival time in Hakuba was 3:30 a.m.

It was snowing pretty good in Hakuba, but it seemed just started snowing.

I was not confident to get up if I would get a sleep, then I stayed up for 2 hours and half.

A non alcohol beer for my entertainment as I might have to drive.

At 6 a.m. we left for Charmant.

My friend drove me and I could be asleep for a while.

Arrived at Charmant.

24 hours after I left a city in Philippine. I was a long long way to be here.

It is windy today and the lifts might be suspended due to the winds. The forecast called the less snow fall yesterday. The guests were not seen so much.


We were the first riders.


We could not see the surface due to the flat light for the first run.

The surface was hard-packed with the winds, as our skies ran fast.

We enjoyed with less competitions with less guests.


It was windy all the time. The banners at the restaurant flutters in the wind.

We were afraid of the lift suspension due to the wind, but we could enjoy without a break in two hours.

I am happy to be here as I got the flight finally.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Ski day 28 at Urahiyo

Coming back here again.


28th day for this ski season, 26 days for powder, 11 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 days
Urahiyo 9:00-11:45
Gear: BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Official Snow fall -cm, Sarukura 6H -cm

There was a little snow fall in Hakuba, and we expected the trails yesterday were somehow covered.

The snow depth on the car was 6-7cm.

Tsugaike for our approach.


The entrance to the back country were crowded as well as yesterday.


The north face.


We found the regular face was packed by the winds.

Today we chose the gentle slope.

I expected hitting the bottom, but

it didn't.

Climbing up to the next ridge.


This slopes were not fully recovered, but well enough.


One down.

and climbed up again.

The great slope for the last run.


Well satisfied with the two powder days.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ski day 27 at Urahiyo

Powder snow on the regular north face.

27th day for this ski season, 25 days for powder, 10 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 days
Urahiyo 9:40-13:10
Gear: BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Official Snow fall -cm, Sarukura 6H -cm

Nice blue sky in Hakuba.

I attempted Cortina for the beginning, as its powder zone was closed.
The morning report called the depth was not enough.

Then we came to Tsugaike for Urahiyo.


Colonel Sanders is riding on the gondola lift.


The entrance for the back country was pretty crowded.
There were more than the parties in this photo.

We climbed up to the ridge line, and found the surface did not look soft.

There were many crests due to the winds.

Then we went back to the saddle.

This side also looked hard, but the lower part might be soft.

The terrain was not so bad.


We climbed to the next north face.


This side was really good.


Then we climbed back to the ridge.


The second run.

It really really looked good.

Awesome powder.


Climbing for the third run.


The beautiful view.


The trail merged from Cortina already became hard packed.


Happy powder run.

I made the right choice rather than Cortina.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ski day 26 at Charmant/HappoOne

Powder snow in Charmant and Happo resort skiing.


26th day for this ski season, 24 days for powder, 9 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 days
Charmant 8:30-9:45
Gear: BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Official Snow fall -cm, Sarukura 6H -cm

Cortina powder zone was closed yesterday. It could be an option to go there, but it must be crazy. We chose Charmant, which is much more peaceful.

It was extremely windy when we left Hakuba. "Happo early morning" was cancelled.

It is also windy in Charmant. The terrains look fully buried with the fresh snow.


The cue became long today.


The first run.

The surface was a little harder due to the winds.

The second run.

This spot was softer.

But it has gone after several runs.


We enjoyed five runs in total.
Today was not "the day", but still good enough.


We got the blue sky when we came back to Hakuba.


Then we went resort skiing in Happo.

HappoOne 12:55-15:15
Gear: BanYa M0809

The upper lifts were suspended due to the winds, but resumed as soon as we arrived.


Riesen course became rough,


but we enjoyed over 2 hours.


Full of activities with the powder snow in Charmant and the resort skiing in HappoOne.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Ski day 25 at HappoOne

25th day for this ski season, 23 days for powder, 9 days for backcountry, telemark for 2 days
HappoOne 14:40-15:05
Gear: BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Official Snow fall 40cm, Sarukura 6H -cm

It started snowing in the morning. We expected some snow depth in the afternoon.

We got some snow on the car.

Today we started at KitaOne.


I brought the fat skies for the powder snow.


It was windy and the upper lifts were closed.


It was the powder snow somehow but we finished with only one run.

The duration was only 25 minutes. The real skiing duration was less than 15 minutes.

Them we went for the sweats,

despite of very little exercise today.