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muikabochi's Photo muikabochi 21 Feb 2012

Recently I have been working on days I normally wouldn’t work, just so that I can be sure to be in a position to make the most of clear and sunny days and go skiing then. Monday 20th was looking like it would be an almost guaranteed fine clear day over in Hakuba – with clear skies forecast for the night before and after - so I asked my boss (me) and luckily he said it was ok. So Hakuba it was. Dreams were about to come true!

It takes just under three hours to get there from where I live (curiously, more like two and a half coming back – probably because when I got it is very early morning, icy and busier) and the journey takes me over to Tokamachi, goes past Tsunan, Sakae, Nozawa Onsen and a bit of expressway past Nagano city. Then up on over to Hakuba. Starting out at about 5:30am, I was in Hakuba just before 8:30am.

I was very happy to see those lovely blue skies over Hakuba. There was some cloud on the tops of the mountains, but they were to disappear for a good few hours in the middle of the day, enough for me to get in my photos.

I parked in the Goryu car park and started off there, straight up to ‘the top bit’ as I call it. The snow was pretty decent up there, but I would say comparable with the snow quality in Minamiuonuma. What is different from Minamiuonuma of course is the scale of the mountains over there. The backdrop mountain scenery is truly stunning and there’s a real ‘big mountain’ feel. Feels very different to my home valley.

I spent the morning in Hakuba Goryu and Hakuba 47. It wasn’t that busy – I didn’t wait for any lifts at all, though it was busier than a weekday resort in my town. And there were certainly many more foreigners, that was very noticable.

In the afternoon I made my way over to Happo to make the most of the good weather and get my shots in over there. More on Happo in a different post.

Here’s some photos from Hakuba Goryu & Hakuba 47.





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I clicked on a wrong key somewhere but it looks cool!

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Mick Rich's Photo Mick Rich 21 Feb 2012

Nice!! :thumbsup: Hopping over to part 2 now!
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SKI's Photo SKI 21 Feb 2012

Excellent.
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grungy-gonads's Photo grungy-gonads 22 Feb 2012

That top monument thingy at the top of Goryu --- are people not supposed to go up there, and they just ignore everyone who does?
There's not easy route up there is there you need to do a mini steep hike to get on up...
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Curt's Photo Curt 22 Feb 2012

Great stuff.

What lift tickets did you buy muika?
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muikabochi's Photo muikabochi 22 Feb 2012

I knew that Monday was my シャッターチャンス and I really wanted to go to both and so I had a half day ticket at Goryu/47 and a half day at Happo.
Not as good value as a one day of course, but it was worth it.

Actually, a did another half day again on Tuesday for Goryu/47 and finished at 1pm.
That was definitely enough, I was pretty tired by then.
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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 22 Feb 2012

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Actually, a did another half day again on Tuesday for Goryu/47 and finished at 1pm.
That was definitely enough, I was pretty tired by then.


**NOTE: Muika has officially been taken off the Gnarly List :party:

;)
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muikabochi's Photo muikabochi 22 Feb 2012

:lol:

In my defence, I have done quite a bit this last week and it was a long drive too.....
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muikabochi's Photo muikabochi 22 Feb 2012

Oh, and I was of course naked and shunned lifts.
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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 22 Feb 2012

PHEW!!! Naked and shunning lifts.......ok..........re-instated to the :party: list!!!
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brit-gob's Photo brit-gob 25 Feb 2012

Missed this one.
Those wide ones would make good posters!
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TubbyBeaverinho's Photo TubbyBeaverinho 25 Feb 2012

Muika, I pinched a couple for my desktop and for my Facebook page....hope you don't mind. I claim neither of them...full rights to your good self :D
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muikabochi's Photo muikabochi 26 Feb 2012

That seems like a deal!

:lol:

I think I can live with that.
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jjski's Photo jjski 26 Feb 2012

Thank you for the photos! Heading there from Borneo in a few days, you have helped me dial it in. Outstanding.
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SheldonB's Photo SheldonB 03 Apr 2012

Been looking at your blogs and posts on here and had missed this one.
Awesome stuff.
Oh how I would like to be there right now.
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best skier in hakuba's Photo best skier in hakuba 03 Apr 2012

Maybe not quite now - strong winds and rain!

Though I know what you mean. ;)
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