28 Nov - winter is coming

Anyone paying attention to Hakuba will know that the mountains have been getting regular snow for a month now. I'm not there at the moment and really wish I was. It has been a good early season which will hopefully serve to squash a lot of the vegetation which was not squashed in December last season. Last year was a great season, though it didn't start heavily, leading to scrubby skiing for longer than perhaps normal.

This season followers of my blog here will be able to get all my daily backcountry conditions updates delivered directly to their Facebook newsfeed, via my MountainLife/jp guiding business FB page. See that Like button top right? Click. Done.

In preparation for the coming season I am as usual spending hours looking at maps and photographs. This picture is an angle that virtually no one besides adventurous backcountry skiers ever see. Yes, that's part of the Hakuba backcountry. I ski there as often as I can, and hope to do so more this season. However... I have a few spots which are really grabbing my attention further out of the valley. Who knows what conditions will dictate this year. In reality, I don't care, so long as I am exploring and skiing with like minded people.