Sunday, April 30, 2017

Ski day 67 at HappoBC

A short walking to Happo-Ike lake.

The parking lot must be busy in holidays. I rode on a bicycle to Happo.

Today my backpack is a little heavy with my backcountry items.

Season Day 67,  Powder 39 days, Backcountry 22 days, Telemark 9 days
HappoBC 10:39-12:06
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

Cherry blossoms at the gondola station.

Departing Happo-ike hut.

The time was late morning. No backcountry people were there any more.

The snow has gone on the board walk.

Arriving at Happo-Ike lake in 30 minutes.

Skiing down here.

The trails look good,

but the snow condition was stopping.

"Leg-grabber" Phantoms were hanging on my skies and I was dragging them around.

A roll snow.

I planned to ski down more, but no use to go further. Now I climb back to the ridge here.

The snow stuck on my skies.

Coming back to Usagi.

Brunching at the same cafe yesterday.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Ski day 66 at Happo One

Season Day 66,  Powder 39 days, Backcountry 21 days, Telemark 8 days
Happo One 7:45-10:00
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G
I had a work in Kofu yesterday. The travel to Hakuba gained a half way, and I could enjoy dinner in Hakuba earlier.

The lift operation starts at 7:30 during Golden Week just like the top season.
I can use time efficiently.

I expected more crowded but not so much.


Enjoying the smooth cruising in Panorama.


It was really a bad weather in the mountain side. The forecast calls the bad weather today, and I wonder when it gets bad in the resort as well.
The grat course kept smooth and vacant so that I could enjoy until 9 a.m.


There were some rain drops but I could ski without raining until 10 a.m.

Brunch at the cafe as usual.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Ski day 65 at Happo

Weekday skiing.

Season Day 65,  Powder 39 days, Backcountry 21 days, Telemark 7 days
Happo 13:00-13:55
Gear:Vector glide Camel Hump+Tecnica Cochise 130

We went to Ogawa village for watching cherry blossoms in the morning.

Full of flowers and nice view of North Alpine mountains including Hakuba.

Brunch at Hakuba.

I got some time for skiing before we got home.

The resort is empty.

Kurobishi was thickly,

but I did 5 runs here.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Ski day 64 at Tateyama

Great slope.

Season Day 64, Powder 39 days, Backcountry 21 days, Telemark 7 days
Tateyama 8:52-14:45
Gear:Teneighty GUN+Dynafit Beast
Distance today 9.9km, climb 1,155m, duration 5:52, avg speed 1.7km/h, burned 1,307kcal

Continued from Ski day 63 at Tateyama

Nice blue bird day, but the terrains are very icy and hard to ascend and descend.
We stayed at the lodge for a while.

We departed almost at 9 a.m.

Climbing up on Raicho-sawa with crampons.

The ascent was smooth but I tried to reach the very icy ridge, and slipped down.

Arrived at Tsurugi-Gozen hut in 1 hour and half. We slowed down until the terrain got soft.

Mt. Tsurugi in my sight.

Our favorite slope.

We love this place with the great view of Mt. Tsurugi.

The slope was a little crusty, but not icy. We enjoyed the great slope.

Climbing back to Tsurugi-Gozen,

and chose other slope in the same place.

Going back on Raicho-sawa.

Usually this place becomes rough and we did not expect much, but this time the slope was great with the perfect film crust.

This is the best that we ever skied here before.

Walking back to Murodo.

We miss this film crust.

The Murodo terminal was very busy.

We waited for the bus for 20 minutes. This was not too bad as the regular bus departs every 20 minutes. Queuing was annoying.

The tram required numbering tickets. We waited for over 30 minutes at Bijodaira.

The traffic was busy but we enjoyed two days skiing.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Ski day 63 at Tateyama

Pretty much snow in Tateyama.

Season Day 63,  Powder 39 days, Backcountry 20 days, Telemark 7 days
Tateyama 9:13-14:43
Gear:Teneighty GUN+Dynafit Beast
Distance today 10.7km, climb 1,133m, duration 4:30, avg speed 1.9km/h, burned 1,614kcal

Departed Hakuba at 4a.m.

2 hours driving to Tateyama station.

My mountain mate bought me a ticket at 7:20, and we loaded on a tram and bus to Murodo.

The snow depth reached 19m this year.

It was foggy in Murodo,

but we started walking as we saw some cloud breaks.

1 hour walking to Mt. Jodo.
The mountain was icy and the crampon helped me very much.

We go down on this slope, but the view did not get clear.

Today the condition was mix of ice and powder, and the visibility is very important to choose the right place.

We made it in a short cloud break.

Partially powder.

We kept going on Oyamadani valley.

Nice film crust.

We climbed back to Mt. Jodo again.

We went down on the North face of Mt. Jodo and traversed to Obashiri valley.
We enjoyed the big slope of Obashiri and finished today's activity.

Arrived at 2:40 p.m. at Raichoso lodge.

The snow depth reached to the second floor of the lodge.

Continued to Ski day 64 at Tateyama

Friday, April 21, 2017

Ski day 62 at Happo One

Bicycle approach to Happo One.

I tended to get up earlier, but couldn't after staying late last night.

Season Day 62,  Powder 38 days, Backcountry 19 days, Telemark 7 days
Happo One 10:56-12:28
Gear:Pocket Rocket(Telemark)+GARMONT ENER-G

The snow is disappearing.

The resort is empty.


The snow was stopping, but I did three runs in Skyline, 
and two runs in Panorama.