23 Jan - Hakuba Alpine
What a great day, and what a change from yesterday. All that warmth and moisture - it was like it never really happened. We climbed from 1600m to 2600m and had good soft mostly stable snow to move on the whole way. 35cm deep powder from the main ridge line was a rare treat, and it was good well down slope as well. Once up high we were above the thick clouds below, yet had thin high clouds above to shade the snow from the sun. Our own private alpine world without one breath of wind and comfortable -7C air temps. The mountains have good snow in them, and currently offer the chance to use terrain in a variety of fun ways and avoid hazard, which has improved significantly from the previous wet day, at least in the a area we travelled.