Saturday, April 30, 2016

Ski day 57 at Tateyama -Day 1-

Powder day comes back!

Season Day 57,  Powder 29 days, Backcountry 25 days, Telemark 4 days
Tateyama 8:30-13:50
Official Snow fall 0cm, . 12H 0cm
Distance today 9.1km, climb 1,367m, duration 5:20

We planned to join to BanYa tour. Our mountain guide was thinking carefully our destination and he finally decided to go to Tateyama, with the fresh snow fall.

He picked us up at Hakuba at 3:30 a.m.


Arrived at Tateyama station at 5:40.

The ticketing cue had already become long, and the designated departure time was 6:50.

The ski sets handling rule has been changed.
Annoying luggage ticket was no more necessary, but the skies to be packed into a bag.

A plastic parcel bag is enough.

The snow valley depth is 13m this year, which is much lower than usual.

Then finally we came to Tateyama.

It's been a year and half to me.
It has fewer snow this year, but still much more than Hakuba.

And more than it, it is the powder snow!

It's been a month since we enjoyed the last powder snow.
I really did not expect this.

We go down after a short climb before the snow gets worse.

IT IS REALLY the powder!!!

Then we climbed to a glacier.

The weather got worse, and brought flat light.

We go down to Raichosawa valley.

We could finish here, but we got an extra one.

Nearby Mt. Okudainichi.

The run was really crusty.

I got fallen twice with the crust snow. Now it is better to go.

Arrived at Raicho-so hut.

I look forward to staying here as the first time.

I enjoyed the nice spa here.

Continued to Ski day 58 at Tateyama -Day 2-

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Ski day 56 at Happo One

Bicycle to Happo again.

Season Day 56,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Happo One 11:15-13:00
Gear:Vector glide Camel Hump

I left late as the visibility was not so good in the morning.

Almost same time to start as yesterday.

And repeated runs on Kurobishi again.

There are many hidden obstacles.

These are not visible when you go. You have to memorize where they are.
I could not go straight and the riding was not so comfortable.
I ended up the bumps in only an hour.

Lastly I went to Panorama.

The course becomes half.
This will be my last run on Panorama.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Ski day 55 at Happo One

Season Day 55,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Happo One 11:20-13:05
Gear:Vector glide Camel Hump

Today I planned to go to Tateyama, but I expected the low pressure front was approaching.
I cancelled and came to Hakuba.
Then I found this blue sky.
My forecast failed.

Bicycle to Happo.

Cherry blossoms on the way.

Along the gondola lift as well.

Usagi. The snow has almost gone. Can I ski on?


Looks like the mountain season.

Bushes appear on Grat.

Grat is in the national park. The course will be closed soon for the preservation.

Kurobishi. I repeat on bumps here.

Bushes appear here as well.

I did for an hour.

Then I went to Skyline.

The course is almost closed.

The slope from Obinata saddle lost the snow.

The way to Yari Onsen spa seems annoying.


The bumps ends in the middle without the snow.

Lunch at my favorite cafe.

The cafe became less busy as the season is ending.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Ski day 54 at Mt. Hakuba-Norikura

Tsugaike BC as usual.

We started at the exactly same time last week.

Season Day 54,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Mt. Hakuba-Norikura 8:50-11:40

No reason to go to Funakoshi in three weeks.
We go to Mt. Hakuba-Norikura this time.

Reached to Tenguppara in 1 hour.

And arrived on the ridge in 1 hour and 35 minutes.

Now we descend.

We enjoyed the large slope with nice slushy snow.

We could not come here due to strong winds in this season.

We attempted to go down on Urahiyo, but I lost.

And I went down alone.
Sorry, buddy.

We walked in neighborhood in the afternoon.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Ski day 53 at Funakoshi

Funakoshi, just like last Sunday.

Nobody chooses this trail as the tram is available.

Season Day 53,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Funakoshi 8:50-12:35

The snow surface is being collapsed in Tsugaike Natural Park.

Arrived at Funakoshi peak in 2 hours and half.

The walk was annoying beyond the peak as the summer trail is partially covered with the ice.

Bushes appear in the drop point.

but the slope was nice.

It was not perfect, but good crust.

We finished at the same time as last Sunday, like a routine work.

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Ski day 52 at Goryu

Quick runs in Goryu.

Season Day 52,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Goryu 8:35-9:35
Gear:HEAD i.Supershape Magnum+SCARPA FREEDOM

We repeated in Alps Daira course.
I bought new ski poles.

We finished in 1 hour, after the slopes became rough.

We went to Matsumoto castle in the afternoon.
Full of cherry blossoms.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Ski day 51 at Happo BC

The gondola lift becomes less crowded.

Season Day 51,  Powder 28 days, Backcountry 24 days, Telemark 4 days
Happo BC 8:50-11:20

Today we went to a short trip in HappoBC.
We worry about flat light in the afternoon.

Started at 8:50.

The blue sky still appears.

The boardwalk appears out of the snow.

The clouds are rising from the valley.

The blue sky is not enough with the sunlight for growing nice slushy snow.

It does not seem to get better. We go now.

The condition was not so bad.

A crusty part got me fallen.

We finish now, as the condition will not become better.

Thin snow to go through.

Brown slope.

The snow gets less and less in Happo.