Back from Tateyama

Back from a short trip to Tateyama. I joined Adventure Guides and the Burton AK 457 team for a two day trip to Tateyama just days before the mountain closes for the winter season.  We got super lucky with good weather on the first day.  That night the wind started howling and when we woke up in the morning it was a full on blizzard!  The second day of riding was canceled and we left the mountain a little early.  Already looking forward to getting back to Tateyama in the spring.

The tour consisted of 15 customers, lead guide was Kondo-san from Adventure Guides and guest riders were  Masa Takeuchi and Shunsuke Hoshino.

The Ogizawa station at 8am.  At this time of year there are almost zero tourists, the only people in line are hard core skiers and snowboarders with many a few mountain climbers.  The vibe was good everybody super excited to get up on the mountain and check out the powder.

Gear gear and more gear.

Hiking up Yamazaki-curl

Masa

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The sunset was one of the best I have ever seen at Tateyama.  The sun low on the horizon at this time of year, plus the air was crystal clear.  In the spring the sunsets are longer, but the sky tends to have a layer of dust that does not make for great photographs.  Below the group takes a minute to check out the sunset.

Now check out day two.  I took a few minutes to walk around the outside of the Tateyama hotel and station.  The tent crew have set up there little village just outside the hotel, but with the wind blowing like it was I have trouble even finding the tents.  A hearty crew heads out into the storm in hopes of finding a line to ride….  I hope they made it back.

Thanks to the Burton staff for a nice trip!

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