Powder Power – Houdaigi ski resort

From Houdaigi, Minakami

Another weekend snowboarding last weekend in Minakami (Gunma-ken) for a friend’s birthday weekend and the Snow Splash festival. Was an amazing weekend of powder – one of the best days on the slopes in a long time. Powda in the day and Louda in the night. But meanwhile, back in Tokyo, I missed out on one of the biggest snowstorms to hit Tokyo in the last 45 years. By the time I got back on Sunday night, there was still plenty of snow around Tokyo and my neighbourhood. Why couldn’t we have a snow day on a weekday so we don’t have to go to work.

Anyway, it didn’t make much of a difference to me, as we enjoyed a glorious weekend of powder snow. Went to Houdaigi ski resort which although small, has some really great runs. I thoroughly enjoyed the runs there and snowboarded for both days. Even got in an intermediate snowboarding lesson where we got to go off-piste a little bit and into the trees. Still gotta work on those narrow turns though. Was heaps of fun though. And if I was to ever learn how to ski, I would want to do it at this resort. They had some of the best beginner-friendly green runs I’ve ever seen.

The Minakami area is just as popular in the summer for activities like rafting, canyoning, hiking and bungee jumping. We passed through the Minakami Dam as well.

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

Lotsa snow:

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

One of the gourmet specialty’s of the area is the Dam Curry! (where the rice is served as the dam wall for the curry). This amused me greatly.

From Houdaigi, Minakami

Now here is the onslaught of photos that you know and love from a powder-filled weekend of snowboarding . Soooo much fun.

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

This was a lot steeper than it looks here (It was the top of the black run):

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

All strapped in:

From Houdaigi, Minakami

Knee deep in powder:

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

All but deserted:

From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami
From Houdaigi, Minakami

Powder Powder:

From Houdaigi, Minakami

Expect more of the same next week. Headed off to Hakuba this weekend for another weekend of powder snow. Conditions are looking good. I also took some video footage of last weekend, but I don’t know how to video edit. Ooops! Might have to pos them uncut, and unedited.

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