Goryu North Ridge – Aspect is king

In spring, stay high, stay on the north and powder will be your reward. Today, Greg and I braved the high tempreatures and slush skiing from first chair to explore around Hakuba 47 and Goryu ski areas.

Alien vs Predator at top of Hakuba 47 Gondola

The terrain here would be amazing in winter and I’m sure I would lose my pass very, very quickly as all the exceptional skiing lies in the strictly off limits areas and all so tantalisingly easy to get at. Greg and I had a few slush laps around the resort and then exited via the top backcountry gate and made our way up towards some nice north facing slopes just outside the resort. We were rewarded with great powder skiing.

Hiking the Goyru ridge
Our lines of Goyru North Ridge
Our lines of Goyru North Ridge

 

Our lines down from the Goryu north ridge. Great fun, easy access.

Dropping into powder skiing on Goryu North Ridge

 

Dropping into powder skiing on Goryu North Ridge
Dropping into powder skiing on Goryu North Ridge
Greg Boarding down Goryu north ridge with Hakuba47/Goryu in the background
Greg Boarding down Goryu north ridge
Hakuba 47 return
Hakuba 47 return

Greg returning the the Hakuba 47 carpark via the skin friendly route… haha.

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