Yesterday the sun came out again. No new snow.
Looking towards Kutchan from up the top of Hirafu.
A Sunny Day.
Today it was a sunny day for a change. No new snow but at least the sun was out for a while. The wind was a bit chilly up the top of the mountain but down below it was ok. I took a few photos on my point and shoot. This was last night.
We took the hooded chair up to the top, then Ace number 4 and traversed across to Annupuri.
We did a few runs down below the quad chair. Then up the Annupuri Gondola to the top of the hill.
Then traverse back to Hirafu.
I am spending my last day in Osaka before heading back to Australia tonight. Here is the view from my hotel window this morning. At least I can see the sky.
Before lunch I went to the hundred yen shop, had a cup of coffee, then went for a walk across the road to Shinsekai. This is the alley where all the izakayas are at. They are very popular and people line up trying to get in around lunch time.
Kuromon markets are a favourite with me every time I am in Osaka. Here are a couple of crabs in a box for sale.
I always seem to spot a TV crew around this area. Today was no exception. There are so many food shows on TV in Japan that one gets bored with them.
This morning I headed over to Annapuri. I had a bit of a little stash of snow that I thought may not be totally tracked out. There was about ten centimeters of new snow last night and it had just kept the old stuff a bit fresh.
First run was down gate 1, which had a little bit of new snow but icy underneath in patches. Then I went up the Annapuri Quad chair and over the ridge. I just did laps like that for the rest of the morning.
On the way home, I went through gate 7 and skied the gully under the double chair lift.
Joe from Hanazono picked me up from the hostel in Hirafu at 7am. There were three other Australian skiers and a couple of Japanese snowboarders in the group. We got to Hanazono and filled in the forms and then were shown how to use the beacons, shovels and probes. We were provided with a good backpack.
I took off with Joe as my guide, whilst the Aussies went with Mark and the two Japanese snowboarders went with a Japanese guide. We went up Hanazono #1 lift at about a quarter to eight and went into Strawberry Fields. At the top it was pretty wind-packed but as we got down the slope it got really nice. I guess we had got about twenty centimeters of fresh snow overnight.
After that, we went down the Legend of Shinya piste, which was well covered but still a bit bumpy. Then down Blueberry Fields and another couple of runs down Strawberry Fields.
The fog was pretty intense so we did not head up to Hanazono #3 lift. You could hardly see anything.
A sunny day out.
Yesterday was nice and sunny, so I had a few runs at Hirafu and then went over to Annapuri. There was no powder left. It was all tracked out and even my little stashes had been vandalised.
There has not been any fresh snow for about three days and I was gettting a bit toey, so I went for a ski this morning to get rid of the cobwebs.
I did a few runs down from the hooded triple at Hirafu, then headed for the Gondola at Niseko Village.
And here is a bonus photo from night skiing about a week ago.
Skiing at Annapuri.
This morning I had to catch the bus to Annapuri because the top lifts at Hirafu were closed. The bus was super crowded. What a nightmare! I met my friend Toyo at the Nook restaurant and had fried chicken (Yakitori) and rice.
To the Onsen.
This afternoon I went with my mate Toshi to the Onsen at Niseko Village.
We stopped at the Post Office for a while so I took some photos of the main street.
After that we went to the onsen where we had a bath and jumped into the icy cold water outside. I met my old mate Kohei, whom I had met at Jindabyne.
Last night I went night skiing at Hirafu with the Swedish kids. There was no new snow so the pistes were pretty chopped up and cruddy.
There was some fresh snow a couple of days ago. It was strange because up top the snow was wind-packed and heavy and down low in the trees there was fresh stuff that was lots lighter.