After winning some tickets from Snowjapan (and getting a re-up from unclaimed tickets!! domo!), me and some mates piled into a car and headed east from Sapporo to Tomamu. With the weather the way it has been recently we certainly weren't expecting to find any blower powder conditions, we were dead set ready for some spring slush! Unfortunately, nobody thought to tell Tomamu!! The recent conditions in the Sapporo region has been warm and sunny, resulting in some ace soft, wet, slush-puppy like slopes and I expect the same has been true for Tomamu. However yesterday the freeze-thaw cycle was interrupted by the appearance of low temps and very light snow…….this meant one thing……bulletproof slopes! The slush of the previous day had frozen overnight and without the sun, it had set hard for the entire day. It was like trying to ride a giant ice-cube! So its a little unfair to judge Tomamu on this occasion and looking at the fairly consistent pitch of the treed areas, when the snow is fresh, this place would be top notch! Some really nice spaced trees on some interesting looking slopes would make excellent pow turns!
We basically spent the day lapping the pipe and the kickers in the park….and then sampling some delicious Tokachi wine in front of the gondola station.
From 30 March, 2014 To 2014
Snow condition on visit:
Bulletproof……..if JFK had been wearing a suit and helmet made from yesterdays snow…..he'd still be here!
Things I liked:
The katsu-curry…..hands down the best curry sauce from any ski-jo I've munched katsu-curry at. Tokachi wine
Things I didn't like:
The bulletproof ice slopes…….but it was the end of March! The gondola…..its tiny!! The beer is pretty expensive
Families & children