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It's windy out there today

semi-overcast -7 °C

We are up and at ‘em in just enough time to make the bus – and no earlier. Breakfast was again substantial, but enough to stoke the fires.
Olympic venue - ski jumps, alpine skiing

Olympic venue - ski jumps, alpine skiing

G is in for an all day lesson today where as I am going to have a wander with the knowledge from the previous day. I head up to the top where the wind is howling – picking up the loose snow and leading to a white out. In the gaps there is enough to feel my way down some nice fresh powder, but the return ride has been shut down due to the wind. So I head further down and through a couple of the powder patches from yesterday. Further down, the lifts are running but I can’t get up and across to the powder again. I am stuck doing little loops on Panorama, and grafting short rips of powder off the cat track. Still good fun, but I would like something longer. I find some next to the Happo Reisen Quad, but here I keep getting bogged down and falling over. It’s nearly lunchtime, so I head over to meet G, but manage to get lost with all the different ski areas.
G has had a good morning, but not much with his instructor as one of the boys twisted his knee badly and had to get iced and rested. He spent most of the time mucking about and trying to develop his air.
Hakuba valley sunset

Hakuba valley sunset


I take a lesson in the afternoon, where Dylan dissects our turns, demolishes them and puts them back together – very technical. Unfortunately the clouds are still low so there will be no powder today. G has had a lesson with Damien to himself so is very happy, and gets a good report card back. It makes a big difference having long lessons in small groups, and I can see the improved confidence on our one run together. To go on this run, we have gone up near the Panorama cafe area, where G gets out of the vending machine – I am serious – a can of pancake flavoured hot drink. It is a bit like butterscotch with extra sugar and butter.
Hot pancake drink

Hot pancake drink


Tonight G gets time on wi-fi before we head out for dinner. We get to Sari Sari about 7:30 and eat sitting up at the bar again. It is not great, but it is filling. We head into the onsen and are late to bed, around 10 pm.

Posted by lostagain 01:48 Archived in Japan

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