Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Ski day 64 at HappoOne

Season Day 64,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 12 days
HappoOne 15:00-16:00
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Today the morning time was spent for sightseeing in Azumino.

Blossoms come out everywhere.

It got warmer and warmer.

Then I went skiing afterward.

It's already 3pm.

The Hakuba summits look beautiful as well.

The snow on the peak of Mt. Yari disappeared, and it seems impossible to ski down from the peak.

Nobody seems skiing on Skyline.

The snow under the lift is disappearing.

I skied all courses and went home.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Ski day 63 at HappoOne

Season Day 63,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 11 days
HappoOne 8:15-9:50
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Bicycle to HappoOne.

Taking early gondola and I skied down on Panorama for the first.

Panorama pair lift was supposed to open at 8:15, but
delayed to 8:25. Today it was sunny and no heavy snow preventing from the operation.
The waiting cue expressed booing.

What a lazy ski resort.

Then I joined to miso-san and went to Grat.

Three summits of Hakuba.

Then we went to Kurobishi and Skyline.

I wanted to go to Usagi bumps,

but my mogul skies are broken now.

After skiing I went to Gokaicho at Zenkoji temple.
Gokaicho is a ceremony to present Maedachi Honzon statue to people held every seven years.
This year is the year of Gokaicho, and has been presented since April.

I expected heavy crowd, but not so much as today is a weekday.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Cycling-Day 4-Hakuba Village(9.8km)

Spring comes to Hakuba.

Day 4, 158 days for cycling, total distance 11,523.3km, total climb 159,161m
Hakuba Village 15:24-15:35
Distance today 9.8km, climb 373m, duration 15:37, avg speed 14.8km/h, burned 285kcal

Flowers come out in the warm weather, and I rode on bike to find them after skiing and snowboarding.

Cherry blossoms and Hakuba summits.

Magnolia in Shijukuin are in full bloom.

Magnolia and Hakuba summits.

Ooide bridge.

The ride was only 10km but I could took nice photos.

Ski day 62/Snowboarding day 1 at HappoOne

First snowboarding.

Season Day 62, Powder 36 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 10 days, Snowboarding 1 day
HappoOne 8:15-10:00
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Today I came to Happo One for the first ride on the gondola lift.

It is not a powder day, but there is the cue of skies and snowboards.

The perfect blue sky as well as yesterday.

I skied with miso-san, a snowboarder.

Then we went back to the bottom and

I changed the telemark boots to snowboarding boots.

I borrowed equipment and tried the first snowboard riding.

HappoOne 10:20-11:50
Gear:Burton malolo

All beginner courses are already closed, and I try it at Usagi.

The memorial shot for the first snowboarding.

miso-san coached me and I could turn after an hour practice.

Then we skied down on Panorama.

This shot looks like a trick,

but just I fell down.

I could go down on Panorama somehow.

Nine years ago I tried the first telemark skiing here. At the time it took 30 minutes to go down, but this time I could do for 15 minutes.

I could not ride on the chairlift with the board on my feet, and I had to hold it.

Nice trial for two hours.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ski day 61 at YariOnsen

A regular event, Yari Onsen.

Season Day 61,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 9 days
YariOnsen 8:10-15:30

Beautiful perfect blue sky.

Today we have the back country tour for Ta-chan, heading to Yari Onsen.

Leaving Sarukura at 8:10. There is much snow in this year.

Keep walking.

Arrived at Yari Onsen at 12:20, in 4 hours 10 minutes.

The water volume and the temperature is as usual.
The severe earthquake in last November in Hakuba damaged Shionomichi hot springs, and we were worrying about Yari Onsen if it would be damaged as well.
Good to see it remains safe.

Leaving Yari Onsen at 13:45.

Avoiding the rain ditches.

Nice trail.

Mt. Shirouma.

There are a lot of rain ditches.

The terrain condition was awful, but we should say this is awesome.

Returned at 15:30.

Nice tour with nice Onsen.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ski day 60 at Funakoshi

Season Day 60,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 17 days, Telemark 9 days
Funakoshi 9:30-12:40

The first day of the Japanese Golden Week.
Sarukura road has just been opened yesterday, and we planned skiing from Funakoshi to Kanayamasawa valley.

The weather is not the perfect blue sky, but good enough to go back country skiing.

Tram to Tsugaike Natural Park.

We walked fast and reached to the highland just before the ridge for one hour and half.
Today the nice wind brows all the time, which cooled down.

Two hours to the ridge line with a short break and putting crampons.

Funakoshi peak at 11:45, 2 hours 15 minutes so far.

The snow disappeared on the ridge.

We put crampons but it was not necessary, and just tear them on the rocks.

We found small icy objects.

Looks lie snow monsters.

Now we ski down on Funakoshi slope.

The rain curved many ditches, and they are annoying for skiing, but the terrain was covered with nice film crust.

Nicely groomed slope to Kanayamasawa valley.

This is the third time to be here in this season, and the last two were not so good with stopping snow and crusty surface. Finally we enjoyed the good condition.

Some parts were covered with the cray,

but smooth approach to Sarukura.

It was before 1 pm.

Lunch at Sounds Like Cafe.