Snow Forecast was calling for light snow all day today, with 1 cm falling in the morning, and 1 cm in the afternoon. Personally, I took the opportunity to sleep in a bit, not expecting to find much on the hill. However, conditions were a bit better than the 2cm of fresh forecasted today. We had a fresh 50cm of the lightest snow that has fallen so far this year. 1/9/12 Hakuba, Japan | Sleeper Blower Pow Day | Unofficial Networks

1/9/12 Hakuba, Japan | Sleeper Blower Pow Day

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1/9/12 Hakuba, Japan | Sleeper Blower Pow Day

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Snow Forecast was calling for light snow all day today, with 1 cm falling in the morning, and 1 cm in the afternoon. Personally, I took the opportunity to sleep in a bit, not expecting to find much on the hill.

Exclusionist Japanese signs. Photo Lee Lyon, Confused Skier Zach Paley.

Exclusionist Japanese signs. Photo Lee Lyon, Confused Skier Zach Paley.

However, conditions were a bit better than the 2cm of fresh forecasted today. We had a fresh 50cm of the lightest snow that has fallen so far this year.

Powder turns through avalanche barriers. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

Powder turns through avalanche barriers. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

It snowed hard all morning and into the early afternoon. The sun started to show itself later in the day, but the snow remained surprisingly light and unaffected.

Pillow lines starting to fill in. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

Pillow lines starting to fill in. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

Overall, a day that started with low expectations turned into to one of the better ones on the season thus far.

Caked. Photo Zach Paley.

Caked. Photo Zach Paley.

 

More Pillows. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

More Pillows. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

 

Zach's turn. Photo Lee Lyon, Skier Zach Paley.

Zach's turn. Photo Lee Lyon, Skier Zach Paley.

 

One more. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

One more. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Lee Lyon.

 

Late afternoon, with the lights on. Photo Zach Paley.

Late afternoon, with the lights on. Photo Zach Paley.

 

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