After the warm weather of 1/13 (Fri.) to 1/15 (Sun.), I was relieved to see the return of progressively colder and more January-like temperatures with each passing day between 1/16 (Mon.) and 1/18 (Wed.). It was a calm morning with sunlight reaching the slopes, and the opening ceremony of the OGASAKA SNOWBOARDS Technical Team training camp (pictured) was being held in front of Castor Plaza before the opening of the lifts.
The snow sufraces of the Paradise Slope (pictured) and Paradise Downhill were a moderately firm, flatly-groomed mixture of granular snow and wet snow. I was able to plant my edges firmly in the snow and ski fast and in control. The skiing was so enjoyable that I wanted to forget about compiling this report and just havefun on the slopes instead.
I had a conversation with four visitors from Aichi Prefecture (pictured), who told me, “We love your site! Our home resort is AKAKAN, but we often come to Hakuba Sanosaka as well. Yesterday the slopes were hardpacked, but today they are a little softer and easier to ski.” The sky gradually filled with clouds as the morning went on, and snow started to fall around 9:00 a.m.
My skis slid well on the Carving Slope’s (pictured) firmly-groomed snow. A skier from Nagano’s Azumino City (pictured) called out to me, saying, “I love Snownavi! Today’s snow is on the hard side, but today I came out to practice moguls.” Sanosaka is a good place to do just that, as there are two mogul lanes on the skier’s left side of the Carving Slope.
[ Sanosaka Opening Information for 1/18 (Wed.)]
* All Courses Available!
* Available Lifts … No.2 Quad (8:30 a.m. ―), totally 2 lifts
* Lift Price … 1-day Ticket Adult JPY3,000, 6-12 y/o 1,000JPY, Child: Free