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January 16, 2011

Furano Skiing 3

Filed under: Skiing — Tags: , — admin @ 10:15 am

Skiing at the Furano Zone.

I woke up this morning an looked out the window and there was about ten centimeters of fresh snow on the cars. Which was a very good sign. I got ready and headed up to the hill with Noel and we jumped on a Gondola to the top of Kitanomine. It was a bit foggy up the top and most of the new snow had been skied off already so we made our way down under the gondola and found some fresh snow there. I very gingerly skied in and managed a few turns and then came out at the top of the quad chair.

Noel decided to head off to the Furano side and I was feeling a bit woosy and wanted to warm up some more so I went down to the quad. I met some nice people from Brisbane in the lift line and they invited me to accompany them over to the other side, which is the Furano Zone. I wanted to know the way over there so I tagged along. We had to go up this old single chair which was a bit scary at first as it had no restraining rope or anything. I hung on to the pole for dear life. The trees on the way up were covered in snow and looked amazingly beautiful. I even saw a bird in the bush which looked a lot like our Pheasant Coucal.

Snowy Trees in Furano
Snow-covered trees at Furano Zone

When we got over the Furano side, we skiied down and then got onto the Furano Ropeway which is a big cable car that can fit 100 people in it. It fairly flies up the hill. We skied down through the beautiful snowy scenery and then came back up the ropeway for lunch. After lunch we headed back to the Kitanomine side and I just made it back before my legs completely gave out on me. It was so nice to get the horrible ski boots off and put some shoes on. The relief was amazing. I need a few more days before I am fit enough to ski without feeling excrutiating pain in my thigh muscles. I am pretty sure that I will be having an early night tonight and sleeping like a log.

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