Hakuba, Japan gave us cloudy skies, fog, light snow, wind, pillows, and great skiing today. Up high the visibility was very low with a thick fog that wouldn’t budge. Just below the fog, the visibility wasn’t bad and the snow was superb. Happo-One ski resort currently has a 230cm base and we got about 10 centimeters of new snow during the day. It was just enough snow to cover our tracks from the previous day.
We spent the day ripping the North side of the resort where the snow was best and the pillows were fun. The snow was springy and fun; the pillows were small and poppy.
We saw the boys from Brain Farm (guys who made Travis Rice’s “Art of Flight”) with a bunch of ply wood walking around on snowshoes. Said they were making a hut? Intriguing for sure.
On our way home, we skiing through Echoland (downtown Hakuba) and it’s always a surreal experience skiing down a “busy” street in a Japanese town. The looks you get from locals are priceless as you skid through town.
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