Tuesday, January 10. After a few centimeters of snow yesterday in Hakuba, the clouds lifted and the sun came out to partially reveal the Japanese Alps. Another “Meh” Day | Hakuba, Japan Jan 10 | Unofficial Networks

Another "Meh" Day | Hakuba, Japan Jan 10

Ok, so maybe the snow is alright here, but the terrain is flat and boring. Photo Zach Paley.

Another "Meh" Day | Hakuba, Japan Jan 10

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Another "Meh" Day | Hakuba, Japan Jan 10

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Japanese Alps. Photo Zach Paley.

Japanese Alps. Photo Zach Paley.

Tuesday, January 10. After a few centimeters of snow yesterday in Hakuba, the clouds lifted and the sun came out to partially reveal the Japanese Alps.

 

The Marginal Part. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Katja Laukkanen.

The Marginal Part. Photo Zach Paley, Skier Katja Laukkanen.

Our group worked hard, but could only find marginal snow here and there.

Ryan dropping in. Photo Zach Paley.

Ryan dropping in. Photo Zach Paley.

At the bottom of one of our laps, we came across the Salomon crew. They must have found the same bad conditions and flat light we did, as they were leaving the mountain and it wasn’t even noon yet.

Ryan missed the memo on bad snow today. Photo Zach Paley.

Ryan missed the memo on bad snow today. Photo Zach Paley.

Oh, and did I mention how crowded it was? The four of us couldn’t find fresh tracks anywhere!

Ok, so maybe the snow is alright here, but the terrain is flat and boring. Photo Zach Paley.

Ok, so maybe the snow is alright here, but the terrain is flat and boring. Photo Zach Paley.

 

The "Oh Shit" moment. Photo Zach Paley.

The "Oh Shit" moment. Photo Zach Paley.

This won’t end good.

Katja exhibiting proper form. Photo Zach Paley.

Katja exhibiting proper form. Photo Zach Paley.

With more snow in the forecast, hopefully we will be forced to ski the trees so we won’t have to go up high and throw ourselves down rocky faces again for a few more days.

 

Lonely turns. Photo and skiing by Zach Paley.

Lonely turns. Photo and skiing by Zach Paley.

Parting artsy shot. Ok, so maybe the snow was decent and the terrain is acceptable, but its too crowded here.

 

Words and photos by Zach Paley.

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