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 Post subject: Another visit to the Japanese white room
PostPosted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 3:50 am 
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On a mid-Feb morning this year during a holiday with my girlfriend in Japan, I ditched her in the local spa for a facial and massage while I headed out BC splittin' up a hill called Maeyama San which is in Niigata prefecture on Honshu (main island where tokyo is).


Sunrise in Myoko

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Beautiful bluebird day to start with, the previous night we got a nice 20cm top-up. This area is known for particularly high snowfalls.

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The conditions were perfect, not much wind, nice temperature of about -5C, great vis and great light.

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The face behind me there (called Kanna San) is one I really want to hit, it's a solid 45-50 degrees. On the day in question it was a "no-go" as in the last week there'd easily been a metre of snow, 2 days earlier it had been bluebird in the morning and warmed up (south facing), it's corniced to buggery, not to mention it was also wind loaded! :scratch: :nononno:

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Most people think there's no steeps in japan, you just gotta look!

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After the obligatory onigiri (rice balls with salmon) at the top...

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...it was time to :rock:

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To keep clear of sketchy avalanche conditions, we stayed high on a ridge...

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...until we dropped into thicker trees and rang the bell on the door to the white room

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Check out the snowdrift in the tree behind me, the snow here honestly defies the laws of physics!

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Yeah, I don't think you can get tired of this!

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Lookin' back up thinking, "shiiiiiiiiiiiiitt, coupla hours up, 2 minutes down..."

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Mmmmm, soft and fluffy!

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After this epic run the weather closed in and it started snowing so I headed back inbounds to the local resort where I picked up my "solid" and got some of this:


I call this blurry shot "small straggly bush about to be massacred"

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It was snowing so hard the autofocus on the camera was focusing way short on the falling snow

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The landings were all soft so it didn't really matter if you ate it

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Bit crappy out of focus but gives you an idea of the powder...

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Pretty good day out, girlfriend happy :D and so was I! :lol:


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