Snowboarding at Happo and Hakuba 47
12.01.2014 - 14.01.2014 -2 °C
So I haven't bothered doing new blogs for the last 3 day because each has been fairly similar. We have been waking up aeons 7:30 - 8 for breakfast in the dining hall. This is pretty basic so we stock up on cereal, toast and juice to get a bit of energy in the morning, and them we begin the long process of getting kitted up and heading to the slopes.
On Sunday we decided to catch the free shuttle to a different mountain called Hakuba 47, but we had also heard it was a long weekend so we were expecting more people than our past ski days. We were not wrong! First of all to get on the shuttle we had to squash our way into the small bus and I was left standing, when this lovely Japanese guy insisted on holding my board for me and giving me his seat. I tried arguing but he didn't speak English well so he basically just stood up with his board, took my board, and then gently pushed me down onto his seat. He spent the rest of the time standing in the door well with both our boards, what a gentleman! When we got there the bottom field was absolutely packed and if turned out that not only was it a long weekend so lots of locals had come out but Hakuba 47 was also hosting some sort of event which included lots of boards and skis painted with manga and anime characters, crazy J-Pop music blasting through the announcement speakers on the chair lifts, and men dressed up as women manga characters like Sailor Moon - wigs, tights and all!!
After we made it through the lift pass line and got on the gondola we decided to all split up again to work on our favourite areas and decided on a meet time of 3:30pm back at the shuttle stop. The guys spent their day working on small jumps and tree runs while I enjoyed the long trails and a few cups of hot coffee to rest my knee. We all spend 50% of the time dodging people and when half the riders were even more inexperienced than us, this was a task in itself! It's always awkward when someone falls right in front of you and you have no other option than to basically ride over the top of them! :/
But we all managed fine and headed back together on the shuttle (which was slightly less packed than on the way up) where we then relaxed in our room for a while before heading down to the bar to play some cards, have dinner (chicken burgers are amazing) and then have an early night. Well... some of us had an early night.... others (Marc and James) stayed up until midnight playing Pokemon. Yep. Pokemon.
Monday was basically the same story except we just walked across the road to Happo. Was far less busy than Sunday but we were all really feeling it by this stage in the trip so all of us had finished and were back relaxing by about 2:30 pm. We headed to the bar again for an early dinner (this time pizza) and then had another early night while Marc and James played chess until about midnight again. They're pretty hardcore like that!
Today we headed over to Hakuba 47 for our last day of snowboarding and once again had to squash our way onto the little shuttle bus. But once we got there it was like a ghost town! With the long weekend over and all the locals back at school and work we could do a whole run without seeing anyone else! We stuck together a little more today although by 1pm we were all doing our own thing and by 3pm we were all stuffed and met at the earlier shuttle to head back (except James who stayed until 4). Zac and I packed as soon as we got back so that we could relax tonight, and that is exactly what we are doing now while the others sort out their stuff We were very adventurous and once more had dinner at our lodge bar (it really is just too cold to go back outside once you've had a warm shower!) and now I am sitting down at the lounge area on a warm comfy couch, with a hot chocolate from the vending machine at our front door, about to enjoy my last evening here with a good book Tomorrow we have to be up and waiting at the lobby at 8am for the shuttle back to the airport, so I'll let you know how that works out in my last entry for this trip tomorrow night on the plane home!!