Sunday, February 28, 2016

Ski day 39 at Happo BC

A powder day.

Season Day 39,  Powder 27 days, Backcountry 20 days, Telemark 2 days
Happo BC 8:05-14:10
Gear:BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM

Happo gondola lift was crowded.


The resort had some snow fall but it was not enough to cover.


Then we went straight to the BC area.


We walked fast up 500m elevation and reached to the drop point in an hour.


Great powder.


Then we walked  up to the point again.

but it became flat light and we had to wait for a while.

The waiting deserved this.


We had an event after that and it took longer time.

and ended at 2pm.

Thanks for the help for the event.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Ski day 38 at Urahiyo

Season Day 38,  Powder 26 days, Backcountry 19 days, Telemark 2 days
Urahiyo 9:00-12:15
Gear:BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM
Distance today 12.0km, climb 766m, duration 3:16, avg speed 3.7km/h, burned 1,022kcal

Today the forecast calls the worse weather in the afternoon.
We attempted a short ride in Okuhiyo in the morning.

The roads were icy in the morning and cars were stuck. It took longer to get to the parking lot and we left at 9am.

Reached to Tenguppara in 55 minutes.

It must be the shortest walk.

Mt. Hakuba-Norikura was a good option but it look too windy.

The slope as usual.

Looks good.

Nice run.


Keep descending.


And walk up.


Urahiyo looks good and we went down.


We walk up again and went home.

Mt. Hakuba-Norikura looks bad.

The southern face was not the best but it was much better than the crusty surface last week.


Good walking and skiing in the morning.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Ski day 37 at HappoOne

Season Day 37, Powder 25 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 2 days
Happo One 12:45-14:10

It was raining in the morning. The snow fall in Hakuba was few, and the weather looks worse in the mountain.

I woke up late and went to a sampling event in Happo.

I went there without ski sets.

The first one was OGASAKA KEO's KS-LS.

Easy to control, but 110k JPY is expensive.

VOLKL 100 Eight. This must be powder fat skies but it was good to control on the rough slopes.

Liberty Genesis. A little bumpy on the rough slopes.


Liberty Origin. This is designed with enough replusion, and easier to control than the last one.


HEAD SUPERSHAPE i Speed.
I am using i Magnum. I don't see the difference.

Therefore, there is no reason to replace.

VOLKL Platinum SW Speedwall.
Easy to control.

This sampling was 159cm length, too short for me though.

VOLKL Platinum GD Speedwall. This is designed for giant slalom.
Indeed, good for high speed running.


I wanted to try as many skies as possible and I repeated on the chair lift in Nakiyama only, but it gets boring.

Then I borrowed VOLKL 100 Eight again, and went up Riesen.


The upper lifts are closed.

Riesen was rough but I enjoyed in high speed.

It was only an hour and half but it was good to try sampling.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Ski day 36 at Urahiyo

Season Day 36,  Powder 25 days, Backcountry 18 days, Telemark 2 days
Urahiyo 8:50-11:30
Gear:BanYa M1102+SCARPA FREEDOM

Today the forecast called raining, but it did not seem so soon. We got to Urahiyo before raining.

The cue was not long but the gondola lift did not open on time.

It started at 8:15.
The delay is acceptable but it should be announced how long it takes.

Started climbing at 8:50.


Reached to the ridge in 45 minutes. The south face was crunchy.
The skins did not work well.

Mt. Hakuba-Norikura is disappearing into the clouds.

The north face looks good.


Better than expected.


Climbed back and the second  run.


And one more.


Today we did not expected much. This is very much enough.


We came back to the ridge but the weather should be worse.

Time to leave.

The south face is crusty.

This trails are actually frozen.
I could manage to go through softer part under the trees.

It start snowing heavy when we came down to the trail.

Hope it would not turn raining.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Ski day 35 at Iwatake

Season Day 35,  Powder 24 days, Backcountry 17 days, Telemark 2 days
Iwatake 11:20-12:20
Gear:HEAD i.Supershape Magnum+SCARPA FREEDOM

It was raining in the morning.
I attempted a short ride.
In Happo, I have to walk to the gondola station, or take a chairlift all the way in the rain.

Then I chose Iwatake, where I can easily access to the gondola lift from a parking lot.
I also expect not a busy parking lot.

I saw the break of the clouds.

And could see Happo.


I put rubber gloves for raining.


The tree pockets became larger. It looks like spring.


Mt. Hakuba-Norikura appears.


Happo has a great view in the clouds.

but I did not like skiing longer on the wet snow.

Now I go down.

The way back got thin snow, or even grounds.

Ended only in an hour.


After this I got my car stuck on the wet snow.
Thanks for people pushing my car out.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Ski day 34 at Happo One

Rainy day.

Season Day 34,  Powder 24 days, Backcountry 17 days, Telemark 2 days
Happo One 8:40-9:40
Gear:HEAD i.Supershape Magnum+SCARPA FREEDOM

We expected the rainy day but the latest forecast called not raining in the morning.
We attempted the back country skiing, but it started raining when we left home.

Then we went to the resort.


We took the gondola and did several runs in Riesen.

It was good enough.

The gondola got crowded.

We hated riding on the chairlift. The time to leave.