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Last day on snow

that can't be good

snow -7 °C

Suffering the sads this morning for two reasons: late to bed and last day on the snow. Another filling breakfast while we watch a good snowfall coming down. Rush getting organised, and as we come out of the hotel, G goes arse over on the icy steps whacking his elbow as he comes down. We check out the damage, cannot feel anything and the pain fades soon. Head down to the Iwatake bus just on time. But the bus just isn’t on time, so we wait for ten minutes while my helmet fills with snow. Our everyday breakfast view

Our everyday breakfast view


With the snow coming down, it is difficult to see much up the top,but we have a good loosener down the mountain. We do a number of runs, finding patches of powder here and there, and a few jumps to amuse ourselves. We head over to the small snow park here where G does his stuff on the bench and lands the air at the end nicely. What I miss is him coming a cropper on one of the jumps, but he pulls up okay. After a few runs through the park we head back to the bottom for lunch. Habitually I do not eat up high because the cost is high too, however at Iwatake the 360 restaurant is about the same price as the base of the mountain.
No problemo

No problemo


Well fed, we head up on the gondola again, and head over the back to where we played earlier in the week. We have a few runs down the black run, enjoying making our own tracks in the deep powder. G enjoys it even more as the deep stuff trips me up. We do some more runs on the easier run, then G asks to go back to the black, so I can video him in the powder. As we trek across, G trips and lands heavily on his elbow. We finish the run, but G is in discomfort from the two falls. We go to the caf and strip back to have a look at the elbow. There is a bruise, but nothing seems damaged. This has knocked G a bit and we call it a day a bit early and head back to catch the bus.
Sadly give our hire equipment back, and return to the hotel. Our hostess is very solicitous to make sure G is alright. He cannot be too bad, as he borrows their toboggan and spends the next hour playing in the snow.Now this is dangerous

Now this is dangerous


We have a quick soak in the onsen, before heading back to the Hakuba Hutte for dinner again. It is good, dependable food, and the ende mame is great. I wonder if they do accommodation too? We could not be bothered moving so we sit chatting for a while. We decide to go home the back way. Thing is, we don’t know where the back way s from this end, so G guides us around in the dark on a barely visible path which peters out a couple of times. Back at the ranch, I do some more washing while G plays on Wi Fi again. To bed late, but no skiing tomorrow.

Posted by lostagain 15:23 Archived in Japan Tagged skiing

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