The long wait for snow is over and with a hefty dump last night, Happo and Tsugaike opened for the 2016/17 winter season! Free Manju cookies were handed out by the Hakuba mascot as the first lifts started rolling at 11am. About 10cm in the valley translated into 35cm of medium dry fresh on the… Read more »
Hakuba and the three P’s – Peaks, Pillows and Pow. Travis Rice has summed up in three words, why we couldn’t leave this wonderful valley we call home! Outfootage from Travis rice’s new movie, The fourth phase, show’s him having a blast in Hakuba. Flying through powder in the Cortina trees, slaying roadside pillow lines… Read more »
There’s still plenty of snow left on the high peaks though and we planned a mid May expedition to take advantage of the spring snow pack.
Deep epic blower powder today but stick to well treed areas and/or ridge lines. The faceted melt crust is still there and still weak, now under over a metre of storm snow. Today a huge class 5 slide on the south side of Goryu buried a Japanese skier who sadly didn’t make it. The instability… Read more »
Back to bottomless blower powder again after a 4 day mild spell. Hit Cortina yesterday after 70cm of snow (they just had another 70cm last night too!) Today was another secret spot this end of the valley. The new storm snow isn’t sitting well on the frozen and possibly faceted wet crust from the mild… Read more »