Hokkaido, Japan


Nov 28 2020 09:39 AM: On this overcast Saturday the resort is reporting a half-meter base up high and two runs open. I skied it yesterday, opening day, and conditions were excellent with over the boot fresh powder where the groomers didn't reach it. No wind then or now. The runs available are two to your right as you exit the ropeway at the top of the Furano zone. So basically that's straight down or over towards Kitanomine then down to meet the same two-person chair. I left it until 11am to go up because I have been self-isolating too long to get in a crowded ropeway box and it worked, I only shared with one snowboarder and the operator. Two diagonally opposite windows are open for ventilation and we were all three masked once he finished his phone call. On the way down, I shared with about 25 young and fabulous race team trainers who were mostly masked and it was stressful but obviously this is one of the more privileged coronavirus concerns you will ever hear. I don't know the current limit on the ropeway - normally it's 100, if it's 25 I can just cope, and if it's 50 I am going to duck the ropes and ski then walk down until a chair opens down below -- that should be a week or two. I am not a rope ducker by nature but virus numbers in Japan are alarming and compounded by low testing rates so while I am happy to have a ski season and have missed income these nine months, I also dread the influx of people it brings to my community. I'm sure many of you can relate. On that sombre note, from Lucy Morrell at Alpine Backcountry Guiding and Rental, we shall see you in Furano when travel resumes.

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