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A warm welcome to the Japan Alps

The Japan Alps rise 7,000 feet above the valley floor and are right up there with some of the more impressive mountains ranges I’ve seen. Though the snow is wind-effected in spots, the forecast looks sunny and temperatures mild, so hopefully we can do some more exploring this week. Here are just a few quick pictures from a ski tour today with three fellow Americans at Hakuba Tsugaike. We were wearing t-shirts during the middle of the day, a nice respite from cold and blustery Hokkiado.

Looking west. The blue behind these peaks is the Sea of Japan.

The large cornice on top blocked us off from the middle of this face. We skied down the far right hand ridge.


3 responses

  1. Jesse Littlefield

    Wow! Beautiful mountains! I never would have imagined these mountains existed in Japan!

    February 2, 2011 at 1:48 pm

  2. Dad

    Some very nice pics of beautiful Japan! How about some people shots too – we miss seeing your beautiful selves! we have a no work/school/anything day due to storm across width of country – now hitting NE. Expect 1-2′ depending on location so getting into back country today and Burke on Friday myself so Nana Nana Goo Goo! Love Dad

    February 2, 2011 at 4:15 pm

  3. Erme

    Whoa…That looks awesome!

    February 2, 2011 at 11:13 pm

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