Dave and I met with Boyd and Steve in the lift line and we skied together - first dropping into the powder shot of the East Mountain then at our favourite location - the trees between Heavenly Ridge A and Heavenly Ridge B.
We spent the entire day finding new stashes of powder and dodging through trees. Some caution is required as hitting a tree at speed is not a good idea.
The lift lines were not long and all the chairs have hoods - they are good for snacking and chatting on the way up.
Boyd and Steve had small two way radio in case they got separated - a good idea.
|Dave, getting the goods!|
|Some views late in the day|
At the end of the day we skied down a ridge from Mt Isola and the clouds lifted for a superb view acorss the planis to Lake Toya and the ocean which was a revelation. Then on our final run down from East Mountain we got some nice views across to Mt Shiribetsu.
|Looking south to Lake Toya|
|Mt Shiribetsu almost free from clouds|
Steve and I did a run off West Mountain on the other side of the road to check it out. This is where they have the night skiing. There was fresh snow to be had there too.
Skiing down through the hibernating deserted theme park near the bottom is a strange experience.
|Skiing off West Mountain|
|The amusement park, dormant until spring|
This was our last night in Rusutsu. Dave, Lou and I had dinner at Rusutsu Izakaya Tampopo Shokudo, a very friendly and authentic Japanese restaurant. They had a wide variety of tapas-style dishes, including local crab, cockle shells, venison and other tasty items.
Tomorrow we hope to ski Mt Shiribetsu.