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  • Day196


    March 15, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Die olympischen Winterspiele in Nagano sind mir noch in bester Erinnerung, nicht zuletzt wegen des üblen Sturzes von Hermann Maier, der danach ja zum Erstaunen aller trotzdem noch zwei Goldmedaillen geholt hat.
    Dass ich 20 Jahre später vor dem Starthäuschen der Olympia-Abfahrt stehe und die Piste in Happo one runterkarve, wäre mir nie in den Sinn gekommen. Glücklicherweise habe ich mir in den letzten Jahren ein wenig geografisches Wissen angeeignet, sonst hätte ich das Häuschen wohl nicht gefunden. Ich dachte nämlich lange Zeit, dass Nagano in Spanien liegt.
    Das Dörfchen Hakuba liegt auf einer Höhe von ca. 800 m ü. M. Der Höchste Lift der 9 Skigebiete rund um Hakuba ist gerade einmal auf 1'831 m ü. M. Schneemangel scheint hier aber ein Fremdwort zu sein. Aktuell liegen immer noch etwa 350 cm auf dem Gipfel.
    Wer hier nach Après-Ski Stimmung, Restaurants zum draussen sitzen & Liegestühlen auf der Piste sucht, wird nicht richtig fündig. Es geht hier primär ums Skifahren. Trotz des Sulzschnees, der sich bei knapp 20 Grad relativ früh am Morgen bemerkbar machte, war die einzige "Outdoor-Bar" im Happo one nicht gerade gut besucht. Vielleicht läuft am Wochenende mehr, aber irgendwie scheint man hier andere Prioritäten zu haben.
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  • Day7


    April 6, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    🎼 ‘Sometimes it snows in April’ 🎼.... and sometimes it rains. But lucky for us there is snow (and rain!) in Hakuba... which means we can ski and snowboard!!!! HOORAY!

    After a 5 hour train ride from Kyoto (boring...) with some tight transfers we have arrived at Morino lodge in a spacious room with balcony. Grabbed a veggie sandwich, skis and boards rented, stocked up on cup-of-noodles, mochi, and matcha, and now chillaxing in our room reading and iPad-ing. Bliss!

    DAY 2: SKIING!!!

    MAGIC. DAY. We tried out Hakuba 47 (name of the ski park) as it was recommended for having the best snow at the moment and most green runs. It felt a bit dubious riding the gondola up the mountain. The ground below is snow-free with buds of flowers blooming. The mountain didn’t look super snowy. It is no longer ‘official’ ski season (actually it’s Spring here now) and some of the ski parks have closed. So it was very cool to exit the gondola into winter wonderland. The chairlifts were playing peppy music which I can only describe as ‘ragtime jazz.’ We quickly got our ski/snowboard legs and took off. Throughout the day, I could see Buz, Zach, and Jesse all improving. Meanwhile, I have not graduated from ‘snowplow’ mode and I still think in terms of ‘pizza’ (slow down) and ‘fries’ (go fast), making wide s-shaped arcs downhill. It’s all good, though. Had a brilliant time. And not to brag, but I even managed some ‘green-with-a-thrill’ runs down the C-line run high up the mountain- narrow, winding path down... spectacular views.

    Now back in our cozy room, filled up with hot tea. Don’t know if going out for dinner is even an option. We are all beat.

    DAY 3:
    It snowed!! which means... snowball fights, making snowmen, and (of course) another 8-hour day of skiing. Boys are improving exponentially.. to the extent they are doing big runs on their own and even tried out the ‘sports park’ (think: rails, slaloms, jump ramps) today. My heart was in my mouth for much of today, crossing fingers that they will stay safe. Buz also fully in his element, pushing his limits and boarding like a champ. Me... I’m an Amberg. Still fascinated by the challenge of a good green run. So we’re all happy.

    Buz’s birthday tomoz!

    Yesterday celebrated Buz’s 43rd in style with a full day skiing in white-out conditions followed by a party platter of vegetable gyozas at a local Japanese restaurant.

    The weather doesn’t seem to know what to do with itself. After 2 days of heavy powder snow, the sun is shining and our snowman has melted. Boys made the most of today playing on the half-pipe and rails. Meanwhile, I took the day to walk around exploring Happo. Made my way to the top of the ski jump for the 98 Nagano Olympics. Vertigo!

    Left Hakuba reluctantly as we had the BEST time ever here! It’s definitely on the do-again bucket list. A few hiccups on the last day... Jesse accidentally left his iPad at the hotel! He removed it to get some mochi (his favourite food) from the bottom of his carry-on, but forgot to re-pack it! Luckily the hotel staff are exceptionally lovely and sending his iPad on to our hotel in Rome. Phew! THEN, we grabbed a dodgy backpackers hostel in Shinjuku (think shared unisex toilets and paper-thin walls in the red light district). Zach woke up at 4am dry-retching with a sore tummy and nausea. Right on time for a full-day’s travel to Beijing! He managed not to vomit whilst travelling through Tokyo, waiting at airports, 4-hour flight, more customs in China, and then airport express train to out Beijing Hotel. He was an absolute champion for what amounted to a day’s travel.

    Now... Beijing!
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  • Day8

    Hakuba 1

    April 7, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 2 °C

    Nice lodge, very cozy in the snow.
    Skiing from 8-4pm.
    Now I’m beat and trying not to fall asleep at 8:30pm!!!

  • Day10

    Hakuba 2

    April 9, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Woke up. Quick brekky. Hit the slopes 8am-4pm. We had great powdery snow during the night and the day.
    Amy said I fell asleep at 6:30 pm but I don’t believe it!!!

  • Day10

    Hakuba 3

    April 9, 2018 in Japan ⋅ 🌙 5 °C

    Another dump of powder snow overnight.
    Skiing 8am-4pm.
    Massive bday dinner.
    A great day.
    Rest day tomorrow, hopefully!!!

  • Day12

    Hakuba 4

    April 11, 2018 in Japan ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    We were going to have a rest day, but it was beautifully clear and sunny.
    So off to the slopes again!!!
    Home at 4pm.
    Great arvo tea at the lodge. Banana muffins and tea.
    Asleep at 8pm (for me).

You might also know this place by the following names:

Hakuba, 白馬村, 하쿠바 촌, Хакуба

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