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February 22, 2011

Furano Piste Skiing

Filed under: Skiing — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:37 am

22nd February 2011

This morning was a sunny day and there was no new snow, so we decided to make a video today. Boris volunteered to be the camera man and eventually directed an epic that turned out to be bigger than Ben Hur in scope and length. We headed up the Kitanomine Gondola at the Furano Ski Resort(Hokkaido, Japan) a little after 9am and then skied down the Ladies’ Downhill course to the training run. We did that a couple of times and then headed over to the Furano side.

Me skiing at Furano

The Furano side was a little bit choppped up already so we went up the ropeway and then I headed back over to the Kitanomine side. It was not worth venturing off-piste because there was a crust on the old snow and it would have been hideous trying to do anything. Hopefully it will snow again in a couple of days.

The video of me above shows me walking up the hill to the ski-jo, going into the Tourist Information Centre to ask a staged question and then going up the gondola and skiing back down. It is really hard for me to watch myself in a video, it just seems really weird. I don’t like it much.


  1. Nice skiing for an old guy! 😉 Snow looks pretty decent too, at least on the pistes. The area looks pretty (and cold. But Steve. . . how can you tell where you’re supposed to go if all the signage is in Japanese??

    Comment by Linda Rockwell — February 22, 2011 @ 6:04 pm

  2. The snow is getting a bit wet now that it i?gettting hotter.
    I look at a piste map in english to know where i am. after a while you work it out.


    Comment by @steve_happ — February 23, 2011 @ 11:15 am

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