The weather leading up to this trip was a little worrying. My original pan was to head to Dynaland on this day, but due to a freezing level of over 1500m and rain on the forecast I decided to head for higher ground. With Ontake still closed and a free ticket thanks to SnowJapan, I decided to check out Mt. Ñorikura. The forecast at Norikura was for 24cm overnight. I think that forecast was one of the most accurate forecasts
After taking a month off the snow for recovery I was itching to get back on my board. We started our trip on Friday night around 10pm. I decided to leave a bit earlier then planned because of the forecasted snow and the chance of the highway closing. Luckily my run up to Myoko was pretty easy and the highway was relatively clear most of the way. We took the Hokuriku highway along the Sea of Japan
On the first day I had an enjoyable time. The quad is fast and there was no long queues.
Some of the courses were closed for club slalom practice but only about 2/5th of the courses so there was still plenty of places to slide. However on the third day over half or even close to three quartets of the runs were closed for slalom practice. Everyone
Weather wise this day would have to be one the strangest days I have experienced on the snow ever. The night before and early morning had snow, around 9am the sun started to break through the clouds and we had a couple of hours of sunshine. Around lunch the clouds came back and so did the snow. At times the clouds were low making visibility very bad and the snow was very heavy at times. I got completely covered in