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Training Log: revy

In the last 7 days:

activity # timemileskm+m
  Backcountry skiing4 15:00:00 35.42(25:25) 57.0(15:47) 5650
  Skate ski1 1:00:00 7.77(7:43) 12.5(4:48) 150
  Total5 16:00:00 43.19(22:14) 69.5(13:49) 5800
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Sunday Feb 18 #

Skate ski 1:00:00 [2] 12.5 km (4:48 / km) +150m 4:32 / km

Fairly mellow skate ski at Macpherson trying to keep busy so we didn't want to nap (flew home yesterday and the trip ended up 10 hours longer than planned due to weather delays). Very busy parking lot - probably due to the Alberta Family Day long weekend?

Friday Feb 16 #

8 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight) 4:30:00 [3] 16.5 km (16:22 / km) +1825m 10:32 / km

Last day in Japan - only 20cm overnight today:(

Actually had a few breaks in the clouds and could see the volcano a few times. They were short lived thought and spent most of the day touring in foggy conditions with occasional snow. Our last destination was probably our best - Mt Shiribetsu. The main peak is now used for helie-skiing but the west peak is a popular touring destination. Our first run was through nicely spaced trees but the wind had moved the snow to other aspects so not super deep. Second run was excellent into a gulley feature and onto the apron of the gully. Third run was around the uptrack (the ridge between the drainages is broad and an easy climb). Last run I took us down the SW side - had to dodge a few glide cracks. In the fog I missed the opening I was aiming for but still found some good skiing. Nice day to end the trip.

Thursday Feb 15 #

9 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight) 3:00:00 [2] 14.0 km (12:51 / km) +1050m 9:21 / km

Another day, another 40cm of snow. Unfortunately today's snow was a little heavier again and came with some wind so the skiing was a bit harder. Drove out to Niimi Onsen which was unfortunately closed. Checked out a few zones I had scoped on the aerial photos. Some nice terrain but shortish runs. Wind was howling and generally not very pleasant out there so didn't stay out for long.

Wednesday Feb 14 #

9 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight) 5:00:00 [2] 16.0 km (18:45 / km) +1725m 12:11 / km

More snow... another 40cm overnight and snowing heavily though the day. The objective today was Chisenpurri however the wind was once again howling above treeline so we skipped the last hundred meters and backtracked to Nitonpurri. This zone was excellent with 250-350m runs of moderate pitch. The snow was also excellent with a foot of soft snow over a supportive lower layer. Skied four runs - if the snow is good you should take advantage:) The post-ski onsen at Goshiki Onsen was very nice.

Tuesday Feb 13 #

10 AM

Backcountry skiing (100eight) 2:30:00 [3] 10.5 km (14:17 / km) +1050m 9:31 / km

Big powder dump in Niseko... some of the group went to the ski hill while the rest wanted to tour. We drove to Yotei (more white knuckle driving) and headed up from the south side. The track was in so we went at a pretty stready pace. Near treeline the wind started blowing rather fierce and the temperature was miserable so we ripped skins and headed down. The snow was soft but not very steep. Most volcanoes aren't that steep on the lower slopes... the upper slopes would be better but they are usually poor snow conditions. I wonder if other approaches have better terrain? Overall I am not sure I would head back unless for a summit attempt.

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