Dave then said lets go for the summit so we skied up past the dramatic venting fumeroles up the right hand ridge. It was firm and icy and sometimes steep but there was a ski trail of sorts and snow shoe tracks. I was wishing I had my ski crampons at times.
The visibility was average but Dave was determined to push on. A man on a mission!
We summited about 15 minutes before sunset to get a fantastic view in the cold. We then followed a nice ski trail down the ridge then dropped into the central gully for a magical descent down the Jigoku-dani Valley. We were the last ones down the hill.
We met some Italian ski tourers at the bottom and had a brief chat then skied down the road back to the hotel. Ramen for dinner (not meals available as we had not booked them) and then a wonderful soak in the onsen.
This was one of my best ski days and summits ever!
From my Garmin Epix, I don't think our uphill route is logged as I used the Ski/Board activity