Finally, a bluebird day! Today was the first time in awhile where we could see all the way into the high peaks of the Japanese Alps. Although we could see all the peaks today, the wind prevented us from actually reaching them. It appears that yesterday's storm was followed by some very heavy winds. High Winds and Blue Skies | Hakuba, Japan | Jan 12 | Unofficial Networks

High Winds and Blue Skies | Hakuba, Japan | Jan 12

Ryan surrounded by snow flakes.

High Winds and Blue Skies | Hakuba, Japan | Jan 12

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Finally, a bluebird day! Today was the first time in awhile where we could see all the way into the high peaks of the Japanese Alps.

Ryan and cairn, dreaming about Kaerazu.

Ryan and cairn, dreaming about Kaerazu.

 

Although we could see all the peaks today, the wind prevented us from actually reaching them. It appears that yesterday’s storm was followed by some very heavy winds.

Happo ridge, looking slightly wind affected.

Happo ridge, looking slightly wind affected.

Ridgetop winds. Where's all the snow going?

Ridgetop winds. Where's all the snow going?

 

Despite the heavy winds, there was still excellent snow to be found on loaded aspects. Colder temps also helped to keep the snow light and dry.

Lee following a shadow, with the Hakuba valley below.

Lee following a shadow, with the Hakuba valley below.

Ryan surrounded by snow flakes.

Ryan surrounded by snow flakes.

Ryan, with the infamous double cloud. He's in there somewhere.

Ryan, with the infamous double cloud. He's in there somewhere.

 

Overall, great turns, wind burnt faces, and good views were today’s offerings.

A parting shot of Happo's backcountry.

A parting shot of Happo's backcountry.

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