Great conditions again today. Got on the slopes as early as possible. We took linking paths through spectacular tree lined routes that linked up between different runs. One minute you would be in a curving narrow course with forest all around then you would pop out into a massive downhill slope about two or three hundred metres wide. Sometimes there would just be the two of us on the whole slope. Absolutely amazing. We just kept doing runs, changing it around a it, trying different courses now and then, and slowly building up our skills and confidence. It was the most like being in SSX so far.
And then some chocolate covered chips after a successful day.
We had to move to a different hotel. Being even closer to the slopes and with views like this, we are not complaining;
If yesterday’s conditions were the best ever, then today’s weren’t. Really cold. Snowing heaps. But you can still have fun;
Gave up on the skiing early and checked out the town proper in the daylight. If you would you can try some samples of local vegetables, but they might taste a little snowy.
We explored a bit more and found this bit. And it was real pretty. And they cook vegetables in the onsen water below. Not today though. Too cold. That is steam you can see in the photo. Ohh, by the way, we have been enjoying onsen baths ourselves very much. No photos though.
This gives you an idea of how much fresh snow fell last night;
Shabu Shabu for dinner. Had to brave icy roads to get it, but worth it. The veggies in particular were oishii. The hosts were lovely.
Here is the apple store;
Got up on the mountain in the morning, straight up to near the top where there is this big easy run. Really smooth and wide, and easy to go at your own pace. Blue skies everywhere. Sun on us for a lot of the day. Big views. Virtually no wind. Hard to imagine better conditions.
Finished for the day. Now for some après-ski.
So with everything sorted, up early in the morning, lift passes sorted, up into a gondola and onto the mountain full of powder snow.
Then into town for dinner. We tried to get into this Izakaya last night, but it was too full. It was worth the wait. We sat at the bar — proper Izakaya style — and we even changed our ordering around when we saw another table get the buta Kakuni. It looked too good to pass up. Remember our favourite meal so far from Kyoto? The tofu place? You remember right? Well this place got really close to the number one position. Two very different places, but both very Japanese experiences.
It is always a sad thing to leave Kyoto. We never feel we have enough time in Kyoto. Also sad to leave Bola Bola. A great place. More photos of it follow.
But leave we must. And if we must, let’s go to the Japanese alps on the Shinkansen. Today’s Shinkansen photo features Nagoya’s specialty kit kat. What flavour you ask? Well — that would be adzuki bean with toasted sandwich. Tasted like adzuki and toast.
Also, Steve had the world’s smallest desert;
Then after a long day, we found ourselves in Nozawa onsen. Oh, yeah — and we found all the Australians.