The visibility was not so good and strong winds up high meant the top lifts were closed so Dave and I bought 5 hour tickets and skied the off piste run at Gate 9 hunting out fresh tracks through the trees.
We then headed across to Hanazono and skied Gate 5 staying left and dropping into a creek that had a a cat track that went up both ways. We followed a boot trail for a short while then decided to continue down the creek for a long way, eventually emerging at the bottom station of Hanazono. We skied the rest of our runs from Gate 5 traversing back to get the top chair.
We skied back to Hirafu then walked down to the backpackers arriving at 2:30. After a nice cup of tea we packed rapidly then Niss drove us to the Welcome Centre and we boarded the local Donan bus to Rusutu.
We passed through some reasonable sized towns then arrived at the massive Rusutsu Resort with light snow falling, A short walk got us to our lodgings at Pension Skybe. The guy there spoke no english but we got into our room for a rest.
Dave and I headed out for a fantastic dinner at the nearby traditional Yochan restaurant (Izakaya). I had a crab steamboat and Dave had Mongolian Mutton. A very filling meal and a friendly place.