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A day in school

fun for all the class

snow -5 °C

We manage to get down to breakfast before the phone call today. We are on a schedule today, at Spicy by 8:30 to get picked up to go to G’s lesson. Since we are with Evergreen, we will be spending the day at HappoOne. It has been snowing all night and has not stopped yet. There is plenty of fresh snow on the ground. At the last moment, I decide I will also have a lesson to help to learn to deal with this strange stuff.
Six of us have Will who takes us up into the higher reaches of Happo to play around in the powder and the moguls. We go down runs where the moguls have disappeared in the powder, which can be a bit of a surprise. Others the fresh powder has been chopped up so it looks like moguls, but the skis pass straight through. Up the top, the cloud is low enough that you cannot pick out the surface easily, leading to a few spills. But Will does have some pointers to help in the soft stuff, basic technique like weight forward and skis together. To end out the lesson, we do a bit of mogul work, which is fun for a short time but the knees cannot take too much.
Meet up with G at lunch and he is all keen on going the full day with Damien, and seeing there were only two of them in the lesson it was virtually private. I am happy with this, and figure I may as well keep going too. Over lunch G lets me know how he has been doing some jumps and rails again, and is having fun mucking around with the other kids. After lunch they have a snowball fight (of course) just in case they had some energy to burn off.
Warm up for ski school - hunt the instructor

Warm up for ski school - hunt the instructor


My after lunch is with Emily, there are only two of us and we have two wants: powder and moguls. Emily gets a twinkle in her eye and takes us for a bit of a trip. We get plenty of powder, including some drops between cat tracks which are deep in the soft stuff up to the knees. I am loving this! Emily also gives us a simple task to shift our weight forward; keep our hands out in front, for just about all eventualities. It all feels a bit weird to start with but once over the initial awkwardness it works well. And in this way we go over powder, moguls, piste and jumps – I even get to catch some air in front of G! He has been riding rails and doing jumps in the park so he is well pleased with himself – and wants another all day tomorrow! That organised, he takes me up for the last run of the day to show a few tricks, then leads me to the vending machine to get a CAN of hot chocolate – I kid you not.
Ice cold vending machines selling hot chocolates

Ice cold vending machines selling hot chocolates


Gaelan heads round to Spicy to get them to tune up his binding, then it is into the onsen again. I swear this ritual is saving my legs, all of my aches to date have been in the upper body. Just a ten minute soak is fantastic. And just being able to lie outside in the hot water with snow all around is so relaxing in itself. But I cannot sleep yet – it is time for dinner at our hotel. When we arrive the table is set with a multi course meal starting with sashimi (salmon, calamari and prawn), a scallop cooked with a cheese sauces, some deep fried chicken, pickled vegetables, rice and shabu-shabu. All of this was rounded out with a thin slice of cheese cake.
Dinner at De L'aile

Dinner at De L'aile


After dinner, G was downstairs on WiFi while your selfless correspondent was upstairs typing away and doing the washing. Managed to get to bed at a reasonable hour, so we may be on time in the morning.
Manga TV

Manga TV

Posted by lostagain 01:42 Archived in Japan Tagged skiing

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