Saturday, May 30, 2015

Ski day 74 at Mt. Gassan

The season end is really approaching.

Season Day 74,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 23 days, Telemark 13 days
Mt. Gassan 10:15-15:40
Gear:Vector glide Camel Hump

I went to Gassan with Mr.&Mrs. M this week, followed by the skiing last weekend.

Leaving Tokyo at 4 a.m.

I drove 450km and arrived at Gassan at 9:30 a.m.

Walked up to the lift station,

and joined the long cue of the chairlift,

but it took less than 10 minutes to load.

It looks like mountain walking rather than skiing.

Gassan ski resort.

Mt. Gassan has almost no snow.

The one day chairlift ticket includes two rides of T-bar.

We went up further.

Then we repeated the bumps.

The lift cue has gone in the afternoon,

but the riding on the lift is long,

and the traverse to the course is also long.

It took almost 30 minutes for one run.

Mr. and Mrs. M enjoyed a little backcountry skiing.

and we finished at 3:40 p.m.

We skied almost all the day.

Then we went to Akayu Onsen spa,

and enjoyed Yonezawa beef on the way home.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Ski day 73 at Kagura

Coming back to skiing again. My season is "undead" yet.

Season Day 73,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 23 days, Telemark 13 days
Kagura 13:10-16:00
Gear:Vector glide Camel Hump

I could have finished skiing last week, but I became keen to ski again.
Kagura is almost the only one choice, and it will close in the end of May.
Today is the last chance to go.

I left Hakuba at 8am. Arriving at Echigo-Yuzawa station in 3 hours.

It's been many many years since I came here last time. The last time was probably my collage time.

Going to Kagura ski resort with Mr. and Mrs. M.

It's also been 20 years since the last time.

Transferring a tram, chairlift and gondola lift,

and we arrived at the resort.

There are many guests.

It looks pretty much snow,

but the ground appears in so many places.

We did several runs and went to Giant course.

This course is almost closed.

We came back to the Main area and did several runs again.

Later the guests became fewer, and it became easy to go.
Some spots required cares on the ground, but I enjoyed the bumps pretty much.

Going back to the base with transferring the lifts.

I realized again I love skiing.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Cycling-Day 6-Matsumoto Castle(115.3km)

Riding to Matsumoto Castle in the nice blue sky in May.

Day 6, 160 days for cycling, total distance 11,655.5km, total climb 160,771m
Matsumoto Castle 10:20-16:45
Distance today 115.3km, climb 1,027m, duration 10:0, avg speed 22.6km/h, burned 2,324kcal
Today's route

Now the bike riding season has come.

Today I go to Matsumoto.

Started at 10:20.

Alps azumino century ride is held tomorrow.
There are many signboard for it.
And also many cyclists.

To Omachi station in an hour.

I could see Mt. Jonen across Takase river.

Arrived at Matsumoto Castle in 2 hours half.

Today there are many tourists.

Lunch at Delhi with spicy curry.

No worries to sweat a lot on the way back.

Coming back to Matsumoto Castle.

Today Furusato-Gourmet-Haku, or County Gourmet Exhibition is held at the Castle.

The way back I had the strong against wind and riding was hard.

Hakuba mountains across Aoki lake.

Coming back at 16:45.
Today I am exhausted with over 100km riding.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Ski day 72 at Mt. Yari

Our tradition, Mt. Hakuba-Yari's dynamic slope.

Season Day 72,  Powder 36 days, Backcountry 23 days, Telemark 13 days
Mt. Yari 7:20-15:45
Distance today 12.5km, climb 2,012m, duration 10:0, avg speed 1.5km/h, burned 890kcal
Today's route

Our season is almost ending.

Today we went to Mt. Hakuba-Yarigatake. As our tradition, we want to go once in a year.

At 7:20, leaving Sarukura.

The parking lot was almost full.

The snow looked remaining from the parking lot,

but it ends.

We had to walk on the summer trails carrying our skies to Sarukura daichi highland.

Changed to climbing skins at Sarukura daichi highland.

Arrived at Obinata saddle at 9:00. 1 hours 40 minutes so far, a little longer as we had to carry ski sets.

The snow is disappearing, but we can ski down anyway.

What deep runners are!

Some of them are deeper than Usagi bumps.

Arrived at 10:14 at Yari Onsen.

We left unnecessary stuff and keep going up.

Oideppara has less snow, and we could not walk straight to the ridge.

It was hard to climb, as we had to walk on the snow remaining, no matter how the slope is.

The snow ends just under the ridge.
We walk from here on the summer trails, at 11:55.

It was very windy, and the wind blew our skies on our back.

Arrived at 12:54 at the peak of Mt. Hakuba-Yarigatake.

It's been 8 month since the summer trekking last September.

Mt. Tsurugi.

Now we go skiing down, but

The snow disappeared at the peak.

We walked down around 20m, and found the snow extends to the valley.

Here we go now, on the great slope under Mt. Hakuba-Yarigatake.

We enjoyed the dynamic slope.

The runnels we worried were not so much, and the slope had the perfect film crust.

The valley to Yari-Onsen did not have debris so much.

But there are many stones under the snow, and we hit the skies many times. We got many scratches.

Arrived at 13:30 at Yari-Onsen.

Now it's lunch time.

My noodle looked blew away, and someone put it into my friend's stuff bag. Thank you, someone!

This side was covered with the huge snow wall a month ago.

Today the hot water was perfect. We did not have to cool down with the snow.

Beer after the Onsen, or hot spa.

It is non-alcohol, though as we have to drive.

Leaving the Onsen at 14:25.

We avoided the runnels as much as possible.

Annoying climbing to Obinata saddle.

And annoying deep runnels.

At Sarukura daichi highland.

The snow remains further, but we finished skiing down here, as the skiing looks annoying.

Then we walk down with the skies on our back.

Returned at 15:45.

Today we did not expect any good skiing, but the film crust great slope was much more than we expected.
This will be the last skiing, and we could close the season with the good memories.