North faces still have perfect power conditions from top to bottom as we found out today behind Goryu.
Well…I’m happy to report that the powder is still cranking in Hakuba. Another foot or so of fresh to fill in the tracks from the day before and some great visibility in the trees. Dropped some lines with Suzi who snapped away with her new toy – a telephoto lens.
An almost spring like day but with perfect powder from top to bottom on north aspects.
A consistent few weeks of cold temperatures and good regular powder dumps finished with warmer air coming in a few days ago. Evidently the northern faces didn’t realise this as the snow was still deep and pristine on any northern aspect from top to bottom as these pics show! Beautiful powder and stunning weather – what more could you ask!
On the way up
Roger dropping off the ridge between Ichinose and Ko-toomi
Looking back up from the Hirakawa
A high alpine assault of KoRenge (2760m) didn’t disappoint! A beautiful morning saw a group of locals. plus Bill from Alaska and Hans from Norway hiking out from the top of Tsugaike to their target the top of Ko-renge.
The plan was to get up quickly following windblown ridge lines and descend south to SaruKura but a combination of early season unfitness, soft snow (not much wind during the last snowfall) and setting off 40 minutes later than planned meant we had to curtail the trip slightly.
We ended up dropping off the corniced north east ridge of Korenge. The first bowl started over 50 degress but mellowed out below into a wide open bowl followed by perfect powder down to the flats of Shizenin below. Heres a pic of the drop in below.
And some video of dropping in the same place.
All in all a pretty Sick day!