Photo from Higashiama gondola looking towards the Prince Hotel

Went shopping last night in Kutchan and found a great grog shop – stocked up for the next week. The weather was not so bad today (a balmy -12 deg). We found some untracked, thigh deep powder this morning and had a ball – lots of girl squeals from Cathy. Had morning tea in the plush lounge of the Prince Hotel in Higashiama – it seems all wrong to walk into the place covered in snow and wearing ski boots. More skiing at Annupuri in soft powdery snow but thigh burn eventually stopped us. Lunch at the new Annupuri restaurant …. $17 all you can eat buffet. Had trouble skiing home with the extra weight.

Sitting at home now with a cold can of Asahi beer, looking at the snow falling outside the window – life is good.

Looking out our bedroom window
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Photo of Greg in powder

It hasn’t stopped snowing since we arrived. We awoke to the sounds of a grader clearing the road outside our lodge. Were both a bit wobbly in the  deep powder (should have done more training on the sand dune at one mile). The only down side is the extreme cold (-25 degrees with wind chill).  We came home early as we were both frozen solid – Cathy claims it is the coldest she has ever been. The snow is forecast to continue for a while yet so we had better get used to it.

Video of Cathy skiing at Hanazono

After bad weather in Cairns ( 2 hour delay) and a 2 hour delay in clearing immigration in Tokyo we were greeted by snow falling as we landed in Sapporo. The snow got heavier as we approached Hirafu and the manager at our apartments said there had been around 45 cms in the last 24 hrs.

Went to Senchou restaurant for dinner and had lots of great Japanese food washed down with Japanese beer. We walked home in knee deep powder snow – cant wait for tomorrow to start skiing.

Cathy outside our apartments – check out the snow on the roof behind her
Our apartments in the background. The lights are on the ski hill for night skiing.