Saturday, January 30, 2010

Early Morning Powder at Hakkoda

Friday was a treat like no other. Finally a partly sunny day at Hakkoda.  You never know what the weather  is going to be like until you actually get there as this place has its own weather system.  I have been riding here for the last month and I think the sun  has only come out on 3 days.  Timing is everything. With 35cm of fresh and blue sky yesterday, it was on. I hitched a ride with About Snowboard Shop owner Mune-san. We left Towada at 6:30am and by 7:15am we where waiting in line with the rest of the powder junkies for the road to open at 7:30am.  I love the mornings on a good powder day as there is always a buzz in the air while waiting in line for the first tram. The riders are checking their gear and the local car danchi groups are huddled around the heater warming there boots and gloves.  The rest of the day was spent mashing around the mountain with a great crew or riders. Thanks to Mune-san, Koji-san, Yugari-san and Toru-san.  I hope I got everyones name right? Here are a few pics from the day and will have to excuse the quality as I only had my Iphone with me to document. Enjoy and "think snow"

Also some more Photos on    Mune-san Blog

Waiting for the Road to open..
First tram powder junkies.
Top view from the ropeway

Hiking to the goods..
Mune-san scoping his line..
A short walk back to the ropeway.
A touch of blue bird..

And More Photos on  About Snow Blog

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