The Hakuba Big Day Out is currently being organised to celebrate the opening day of the season. Last year the event was created to bring all the locals together as we know it may be 4-5 months before we have another chance to enjoy each others company. We have a bet for the first day of the first resort in the valley to open which we all meet up at. Bets are in at the moment ranging from the 19th of November to the 1st of December. Tetsu, last years winner and 20 year local has chosen the 28th of November. Me – the 26th. The day will start with first lifts, a long lunch, more skiing and boarding, off to an onsen then out for dinner and most likely finishing up with karaoke. We do see each other throughout the season however it is usually in passing and most people tend to escape to the warmth after Golden Week which ends the season in early May. The event is open for all so please let me know if you want to join in on the celebration.