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  1. Ah, Hakkai-san. Lovely beer, nice sake (so I hear!), beautiful mountain and a nearby ski resort here in Muikamachi. Early on today the sun was out and it was a beautiful morning with blue skies. Wispy clouds soon formed and by lunchtime the skies were a mix of blue to the north and a strange mix of colours towards Yuzawa and Gunma looking south. Almost early morning/sunset kind of colours going on there. It wasn't too crowded considering it is Saturday and didn't have to wait for a lift at all. Saw our friend the guy on the funny ski-board thing with poles - I see him there every time I go to Hakkai-san. And there was some stunning looking tree-snow scenery near the top. So to be original I thought I'd take a few tree photos. The snow on the runs was decent, but got to admit I was expecting it to be better than it was. With the heavy snow of the previous days I thought it would be lush, but it was actually a bit hard in some places. Strange. Still very decent though especially higher up, and a fun morning was had. Let's Hakkai-san. Lots of runs like this at Hakkaisan
  2. Saturday 11th February 2012 until Friday 17th February 2012 The prizes: 10 one-day lift ticket vouchers - each one can be exchanged for a one-day lift ticket at the Muikamachi Hakkai-san resort in Minamiuonuma, Niigata Prefecture this season. Vouchers valid for exchange and use at the resort on any day season. Who can enter? Any active, logged in members of SnowJapanForums can enter this Giveaway. You need to have made at least a few posts on the Forums, and join in - not just simply register. >> If you are logged in, click here to enter. >> If you need to register, please do so here. The winners: 10 people will be chosen - each to receive 1 vouchers - and notified within four days of the Giveaway period closing. Resort listing on SnowJapan Hakkai-san website We would like to thank the kind people at Muikamachi Hakkai-san for taking part in this Giveaway. Please do take a few moments to post some comments on the form when you enter... each year your comments help us try to improve SnowJapan. Thank you.
  3. This morning the sun was out early on so it was time to get out somewhere. I decided to get on over to Hakkai-san, one of my locals. It wasn't busy, as you can see. The snow was pretty good. Pity they had the far left lift closed, I presume for weekdays, as I like that run. They seem very sensitive about the recent accident (and death) there, as there were regular warnings on the loudspeakers that I have not noticed before. Fine place. Nice cruising runs, moguls if you like them, and lots of trees to play in. Here's the pics. Frosty morning in town. On the way. I always like the layered fields going up there to Hakkai-san. Ski-jo on the left, Hakkai-san mountain on the right Isn't she lovely On the way up. Let's Ropeway! Bottom part of the skijo Top bit At the top View from the top Looking back towards Yuzawa. There's Muikamachi! I love these lines For some reason, I seem to like these lift towers too! Low lying cloud in Mimamiuonuma Ue-heyyyyy!
  4. I thought I'd try out the photo section as well. My oh my. Less than 10 mins to create the gallery, upload and post this. Marvellous new system. Here it is, nothing special but hey-ho!


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