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Japan

March 4, 2012

Just got back from another amazing trip to Hakuba, Japan. Thanks to Craig, Matt, Jen, Matt, Pat and everyone else at Morino Lodge.  You guys make the trip.  While the snow and area are pretty great, you guys are the reason we keep coming back.  Thank you!

Japan has been having a huge snow year this year and while we somehow planned our trip right after a big rain event it was still great.  It’s amazing how easy it is to get a refresh of snow in Hakuba.  The snow got better each day resulting in a few deep and fun days at Cortina.

We hit Tokyo on the back end of the trip.  That place is crazy.  Here are a few pictures from our trip.

 

My cousin George and I walking to Happo One.

George and I at Cortina.

 

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Craig is the man!

 

Bryce and the evo trip crew showed up. They had 19 people this year! Nice work evo!

 

The lodge/hotel at Cortina never gets old.

 

You can actually see the Sea of Japan from the top of Cortina. NBD.

 

Japan trees.

 

Japan trees.

 

Found out our camera has one of those special "cover shot' functions. We decided to test it out on George. Works.

 

Cool shot from the chair looking back at the lodge and the valley.

 

George pointing out the obvious.

 

Cheers! Thanks Morino Lodge people!

 

Tokyo from our hotel room on floor 1000.

 

What's up fish? Say hi to your mother for me.

 

Japan Earthquake

March 14, 2011

Sorry for the delay in posting.  It’s been a little crazy over here.  We were sitting on a plane at the Tokyo, Narita airport waiting to fly to Sapporo to ski in Niseko on the north island of Japan when the earthquake hit.  We were very lucky to be on the plane.  Only a couple of hours earlier we would have been in the bus from Hakuba to the airport.  It felt like a pretty significant quake even sitting in the plane.  They closed and evacuated the airport so we were stuck in the plan on the runway for 5 hours until they finally let us fly.  We were VERY lucky to get out of Tokyo.  After an unplanned night in Sapporo we got to a very warm Niseko.  With all that is happening and the rain in Niseko we decided to cut our trip short and head back home.  We wanted to avoid Tokyo airports at all costs so we have 24 hours in Seoul before we catch a direct flight to Seattle.

Here are some picture from the last few days.

The views from Goryu in Hakuba

Craig and I at Goryu.  Craig is the man.

Trees at Goryu

Deep at Goryu

Nap time at Goryu

A shot of Tokyo from the bus on the way to the airport hours before the earthquake

Airport sushi.  A great idea if you are in Japan.  Not such a good idea if you are in Pittsburg

I took this about 20 minutes after the big one.  It went from sunny to rainy and cloudy.

A shot from the plane over greater Tokyo.  The traffic stretched for miles and miles.

Niseko!

Japan: Hakuba

March 8, 2011

We are spending the next few days in Hakuba then going to Niseko.  Here are some pics from today at Cortina.  We are staying at Morino Lodge here in Hakuba.  If you come to Hakuba it’s a perfect place to stay.  If you check out www.evo.com there is a contest going on right now to win a trip to Japan and stay at the Morino Lodge among many other things!  CLICK HERE to enter the contest.


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