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Skiing at Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47

with more snow

snow -5 °C

This time we do not ignore the alarm as we had an appointment. We were down for breakfast and ate our fill before getting changed and out the front by 8:30 to catch the bus to Hakuba Goryu. Hakuba 47 and Hakuba Goryu share a mountain, and there is plenty of variation available. We start with a 2km long gondola ride to the top. The visibility is low today, with low clouds and continuing snowfall throughout the day. There are some great long runs again from top to bottom. Route 1 near the bottom has a thin covering of powder over a very hard packed base, so it takes us by surprise a bit, and G goes down hard a couple of times. Head up the Hakuba 47 gondola, and muck around on that side of the mountain for a while before lunch.
After some pizzas that make PML look good value, we head back up to the top and go down some of the high runs on the Goryu side. The Dynamic course is a good challenge and has some tricky bits too. The cover that has and is falling has been chopped up to make it a bit more of a challenge, but still the quality of the snow is great for us to behold. We head down to the bottom, onto the gondola and up again. A few repeats up the top on Alps 1st then it is over to 47 to go down route 2 (black) a few times as a warm up to repeating route 1. G is not going to let it have the upper hand. So a determined effort gets us to the bottom with no falls, even with the cover on the ice being pretty thin by now. He even throws in a couple of runs on the bottom section off lift line D to make sure it was not a fluke. Tired and happy we get on the 47 bus back to Wadano and Hotel de L’aile.
Yet again we soak our weary bones in the restoring waters of the onsen, sharing it for the first time with some of the Japanese skiers who flock here for the weekend. We deliberately avoided Happo One today (and tomorrow)as we have been told it is packed on the weekends. Mind you, Goryu’s crowd was a pale imitation of a Hotham Summit Saturday, and 47 was less again.
Fresh from the onsen

Fresh from the onsen

Dinner was back at the Hakuba Hutte, again simple and filling and very nice. Mainly rice or noodles with a small bit of protein, but all very tasty. Went to bed a bit later than we should have.
Sumo TV

Sumo TV

Posted by lostagain 03:44 Archived in Japan Tagged skiing

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