Cathy braved the icy footpaths to come with me on her crutches to a Japanese cultural night in Furano. It was good for her to get out of our apartment after a week of confinement. It was really entertaining and included traditional dancers wearing crazy masks to encourage laughter and bring good luck. The local Taiko drummers put on an amazing performance … check out the video below for a sample.
This is how Cathy spent her day. She made a snowman by leaning out the bedroom window and using snow from our balcony. She is coping remarkably well with the broken ankle. I am still skiing a few hours each day, The snow has continued to be fantastic and I feel like the only person on the runs. More snow has fallen today and added a nice dry topping to the base.
The video below shows a typical day for me … a bit different to Cathy. I have included some footage of the scene of Cathy’s misadventure.
Been pretty busy over the last couple of days and ended up having to buy some new equipment. The photo below is of the new gear … latest deluxe model and fully adjustable. Only 6000 yen … a real bargain.
We caught a bus into Furano town last night and went to a popular teppan yaki restaurant. The highlight was when the chef turned out the lights and yelled “showtime” and proceeded to set our pork ribs on fire. Very impressive flames … never be allowed in Australia under WHS regulations. The food was fantastic and we loved watching the skills of the flamboyant chef.
We had another great day’s skiing and took advantage of the fine weather to go for a stroll around the ski resort this afternoon. Walking was really hazardous after the recent snow had turned to ice on the footpaths. The cold temp had us back in our cozy fireplace studio apartment pretty quickly … beer and a hot spa bath should fix that.
Had a blast today on the beautifully groomed snow (sometimes called ‘ego snow’). We both skied way too fast for a couple of geriatrics and did some damage to our poor old thigh muscles. Skiing really doesn’t get any better than this.
The day started out fine and sunny, but by mid-morning the snow started falling quite heavily. Had a stop for morning tea at our favourite little pastry shop and stuffed ourselves with more fuel to continue skiing.
This is why I love to ski … watch the video below and come with me.
Very happy … the toe survived the first day of skiing.
We woke to a fresh layer of snow and hit the slopes early. Got season lift tickets and this works out at about $35 per day for our skiing (compared to over $100 per day in Australia)
Spent most of the day finding our way around the mountain again. Not much has changed since we were here last. The runs were uncrowded and the snow was perfect for our first day. Had lots of fun with the gopro camera so check out our video below.
Landing in Sapporo
SUP surfing 6 days before the trip … toenail half ripped off … the rest surgically removed by doctor. It will be a challenge to get this foot into a ski boot and then to actually ski. I guess I’ll have to take a supply of pain killers.