Hakuba rode quite the weather roller-coaster today. A sudden snowstorm plowed through what had once been a clear and warm spring day. The sudden 4 degree drop in temps and onslaught of snowflakes stopped as suddenly as it started. Winter’s dying hiccup, perhaps?
I hit the slopes at Hakuba 47 to enjoy the new dusting of snow and found that I had just missed a huge slalom snowboard race. The mountain was packed full of sleek racers, hippie ski bums, and wildly colorful park punks. A huge snowboard demo kept everyone kitted up with fun new toys to try. I was happy just to cruise a few groomers on what had turned out to be a glorious spring afternoon and let myself be entertained by what the circus had brought to town.