X-mas 2008!!

Great Christmas! Two 11kilo Turkeys, all the trappings, roast veggies, and 40cm of fresh snow! = Lots of happy guests.

December 8th at Happo

Eric, our new manager at Wadano lodge took a hike off the top of Happo today to check up on the conditions. About 2cm of snow in the valley had translated into knee deep above 2000m.

Looking over from the first cairn to Tengu on the main ridge.

Looking on towards the ridge up to Happo Ike.

Conditions in the resort aren’t stellar yet. The mild (but very nice!) weather of last week softened the snow which was then refrozen over the weekend with only 10cm or so fresh on top. The forecast for this week is for mild conditions again and possibly more snow at the weekend again.

December 1st at Goryu

Beautiful day and not a cloud in the sky so went to stretch my legs on top at Goryu. Was expecting dust on crust but found 15cm of fresh snow on a forgiving base. The pistes were in perfect condition! The weather this week is expected to stay sunny and mild followed by colder temperatures and hopefully lots of snow from Friday the 6th of December. Here are some shots from today.

Above is looking south over alps-daira.

The top run at Goryu – snow was in perfect condition.

Not bad for November!

We’re having an early bonanza here in Hakuba. Last weeks opening was sensational with deep powder on the opening day November 21st and even better when the whole of the upper mountain opened at Goryu/47 and happo on the 22nd together with blue skies.

The temperatures have gotten a bit milder since, but just to let you know that the high alpine is still in good nick, some friends have just returned with some pics from today of the north and south bowls of Happo.

Shoji south face Happo

This is Shoji on the south face of Happo today

North Face

A pretty sick start to the season! Heres to a great season!

Lifts have started operating in Hakuba!!

Went up early today for the first lift accessed skiing of the 2008/2009 season. Turned up to the Hakuba 47 car park only to find the entire population of foreign pension owners gathered there.

Hakuba pension owners

Up the top of the gondola there was over a metre of snow. Powder lay on the sides of the run and much fun was had by all. A great start to the season!!

Hakuba 47 park run

Tomorrow looks like a repeat with line C opening accessing the (untouched) steeps of line 3 which was looking very enticing indeed from below. Snow was coming down hard again by mid morning and looks like we could be in for another dump tonight..bring it on!