Failed attempt to go to Madarao so we go look for the famed snow monkeys at Jigokudani monkey park instead.
I want to like Nozawa Onsen. I really do. The tree-lined runs are so pretty, and they allow off-piste riding. But omg the FLATS. ARE. EVERYWHERE. Boarders beware!
Left the gang and journeyed by myself to Nozawa-onsen today to meet up with my panda! Public onsens in Nozawa-onsen were really an eye-opener for me (and I thought I was an onsen expert).
No new snow so I decide to take a break from boarding and visit a nearby onsen. Mimizuku No Yu is known for a nice mountain views from its outdoor bath.
Crossover Project (skier to boarder) for the SNK today at the beginners’ paradise of Tsugaike. Am I a great snowboard instructor or are all my friends just amazingly talented?
We take the early bus to Cortina after a huge snowstorm- A bit of a hassle to get to but worth it with crazy thigh-high JAPOW.
Checking out Happo-one resort which is known for hosting the 1998 Winter Olympics. First day of the season for me always sucks big time- couldn’t feel my legs after!