Hey it's Chiharu. My post of this week is about my trip in mainland. The main purpose of it was to visit my family but of course, I made some time aside for skiing and climbing in new places while on the road.
I will talk about the Hachimandaira city in Iwate prefecture this time. Initially, I was supposed to stay at my friend's house just for a night but I absolutely LOVED the place and somehow extended my stay to a total of an entire week.
Stunning view of Mt.Iwate from Hachimantai city on the photo above.
In Hachimantai, unlike the most part of the mainland of Japan,the air is dry and possess the record of hitting negative 20℃ in cold days in the past. They've got a plenty of powder snow since the wind bring large amount of snow from its neighbour.
In this February, the national skiing competition was held here.
It was in the beginning of April when we visited this area so there wasn't so much snow left. The slope that has sporadic snow between the trees on the photo above was once the venue of free skiing competition in the past.
Backcountry area. Open bahn of Mt. Chausu Southeast face.
Skiing down with the beautiful view of Mt.Iwate on your side!
This is on the way up to the peak of Mt.Iwate. The black rock seen here was the lava outflow after the eruption of the mountain and this is designated as the natural special monument now.The black rock formed its fan shape at the bottom. At the widest part, it has 3km on length and 1km on width. In comparison to the surrounding area it has different wild landscape face.
In winter, you can walk there with your skiing on as the black ice is covered with snow.
On the upper part of Mt.Iwate has a vast slope. It was a long way to go up but when you ski down you feel your effort worth it. There was film crust formed on the surface and this was the first time for me to try but the sensation you get while skiing was great and became my new favourite thing.