route Kusatsu International Ski Resort Parking→Shibu Touge(2172m)→
Shibu Touge Hotel→Kusatsu Hot Spring Bus terminal
max. difference in elevation 1000m
average % of slope total-0.1% ascent5.8% descent5.9%
gained elevation ascent 1092m descent 1144m
An hour and half after starting a ride, we were already beyond 2000 meter high.
In the back we can see a long and winding road extended from the foot to the peak of the mountain.
My friend has caught up with me.
In this high mountain a thick pile of snow was still seen even during mid May.
The three Bromptons were posing in front of a glacier-like snow layer.
The steep slope still continued to the peak.
But, see, what a stunning view it is!
Then we went on another 200 meters to get to the Shibu Touge located at a border of Nagano and Gunma Prefecture. Many skiers enjoyed a plenty of snow here.
I was hungry after a tough ride. Let's have a late lunch at the Shibu Touge Hotel.