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  1. Hi Anyone here been to Gassan the late spring or early summer? I think it's open until late July usually. Though who knows with this year! Wondering if it is worth a trip? I suppose I could go check our Zao (obviously not for the snow) at the same time.
  2. Last time I went to Gassan (http://www.snowjapan...magata-2014429/), I wrote, "I will definitely go back some time." So I did, today. The weather forecast looked reasonable, and I figured the snow coverage should still be pretty good, so I thought, what the heck. As it turned out, the entire population of Japan thought the exact same thing. Hit the road at 4:30, made it there by 9:00, and was one of the last cars allowed into the parking lot. Those behind us ended up parking alongside the road going down the hill from the pension mura. Looking up at the hill, look at all those ants! And the lift line! This is not Naeba ca 1988: Well, I guess once everything else is closed, where else are you going to go? The inhabitants of Honshu took up residence on the (greatly-expanded since last month) mogul courses: Kyushu and Shikoku battled it out in a snowboard mogul (!) competition off the first T-bar lift: Okinawa went hiking beyond the pale: Hokkaido was lost in the trees. Other than some bare spots near the top of the chair lift, coverage seemed still pretty complete. Last time, there were two mogul courses. This time, there were more mogul courses than you could shake a stick at. Actually, this was a nice thing, if one is at all interested in moguls. One could go hunting for a mogul course at one's level. I hunted around and found some (many) too hard, some too easy, and some... just right! めっちゃ楽しい, as the kids say.
  3. Tuesday was a holiday, weather forecast looked reasonable for Gassan, so we made the early morning road trip, planning to get afternoon tickets (11:30-16:30). The drive up was relatively uncrowded for a holiday, and we got to the parking lot around 10:30. 500 yen parking fee, which goes towards conservation efforts, and in return for which one gets a Gassan sticker, which went straight onto the kid's snowboard. The map near the parking lot shows the layout. One pair lift on the right, with some T-bars (really rope-tows with detachable T handles) to the left, on Ubagatake. That day, only the T-lift closest to the chair lift was operating, though at least one other seems to have been installed. From the little pension mura at the base, it is a 500 meter walk up to the Ski Center/restaurant/lift base station. A caterpillar car is there to take skis and boards up, and only skis and boards -- no people, no backpacks or other equipment. Still, nice not to have to carry up the skis. We got to the base building a bit early, just after 11:00, so had an early lunch while waiting for the afternoon tickets to go on sale. Then it was off:


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