Skiing Day Seven: Friday Jan 13.
No wind! Snow continues to fall. All crew out early. Lunch arranged for Flags. Other than that groups free to choose from an abundance of fresh light 40cm of powder. If these reports are starting to sound alike …. Well, the snow has been consistently GREAT!! Everyone returned safely to Full Note brimming with stories of “greatest run ever”, Doing it in the powder” even Neil was heard to say “It doesn’t get better than this at Niseko!” Big statements, but it was awesome today. There was still plenty of untracked after lunch.
Helen here: Six turns in a row today- record for Helen J- compensated for the turtle wallow yesterday that Marg has video evidence of. Big day tomorrow for Marg as legs are well rested and raring to go after Abu
Cha pastries and Jo Jo’s hot chocolate and a hot wax. Ken now has all the tips from his lesson with Jaz so look out Niseko village! Ones-ies are ready to add to excess baggage is preparation for the Bulla/Hotham slopes, (or sleepovers and fancy dress). Marg C’s mojo returned-(happened to coincide with the appearance of new boots) and we we’re looking forward to her appearance in the next extreme snow video footage. Tokyo D had yet another exhilarating day, despite a briefly disappointing moment when Mr. Jon stole his ‘fresh tracks’ moment and Neil still hasn’t stopped smiling about the fresh snow tracks he made at Miharishi Ridge run this afternoon. What will tomorrow bring?
And Margret Churcher says: Who says it’s not about the gear. After spending, ”I am not telling you how much dear”, on a new pair of boots and a hot wax that resulted in a happy pair of legs and feet that took on the powder with gusto. Yippee. Trekking up hills carrying skis in below freezing temperatures to experience Neil’s special Maharishi ridge initially seemed ridiculous when you can catch a lift to other runs, but it was reeeaaallllyyyy worth it yeah!!!!!! But we won’t tell Ross about it ok. Some people here just can’t give up their “fashion” statements. Quentin, do long cotton T’s really work in -15 degrees and when are you going to that Onsen?
Ross Churcher says:-we were discussing at dinner that skiing behind Jon’s “fat boy twin tips” create their own weather pattern. All is clear ahead of Jon & it is a full blizzard close behind him. Those in the know stay either ahead or well behind. Another great day, it could almost get boring
if it wasn’t so much fun. If only those tired legs could do all that the head
demands. Serenaded after dinner by Full note’s Mark – another great day all round.
Alanna Churcher : Setting out for what seemed a wind free day with some good visibility, we headed off to Anapuri excited for another day of fresh powder and new tracks through the trees. It only took us three lifts to realise that perhaps the powder wasn’t always in the trees. Abandoning our carefully planned route to Anapuri, we took a stab at an ungroomed run with fresh powder and close to no previous tracks. We were happy to find that it was, for many, the highlight of the trip so far! Gliding down this open run with the wind whipping past us it was hard not to feel like we had managed to grab a small slice of heaven. From there we battled the wind and low temperatures as we ducked ropes to find that perfect Japanese powder that Niseko is famous for. Although some of our legs were starting to wear, today was once again full of moments of pure bliss as many made a break through. I’m looking forward to tomorrow, and trying hard to
forget the fact that we are now over the half way point!
In summary: Snow continues to fall, crab dinner diners
made much of a mess.., Onsen is mandatory, everyone has their own story of great powder snow, great ski runs, improvement and tiredness.