Niseko Powder

27/01/2009
Playing in the powder

Playing in the powder

I suppose someone has to do it

I suppose someone has to do it

Playing in the trees

Playing in the trees

Nice trees

Nice trees

This much fun should not be legal

This much fun should not be legal

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Rusutsu

26/01/2009
Al carving big arcs at Rusutsu

Al carving big arcs at Rusutsu

Rael on edge at Rusutsu

Rael on edge at Rusutsu

Cathy had a rest day today and braved the local onsen – said it was a great experience.

The Grahams and I went to Rusutsu – a 50 min bus trip from here. The runs were long, wide¬† and immaculately gromed. We certainly got our money’s worth for the lift tickets with lots of fast carving down the mountain. The scenery is quite sensational there and the visibility was good. We could see all the way to the ocean.

Feeling a bit worn out and looking forward to a hot bath and some cold Japanese beer.

Hamish and sons at the Isola Mountain peak at Rusutsu

Hamish and sons at the Isola Mountain peak at Rusutsu


Niseko – Sunday 25 Jan

25/01/2009
Vicki skiing fresh tracks

Vicki skiing fresh tracks

Paul skiing fresh tracks

Paul skiing fresh tracks

Big day today. On first lifts at 8.30 am and arrived home at 4.30 pm. Lots of fresh snow to play in with Vicki and Paul. Had some great first tracks runs this morning under good visibility. The snow fell all day with patches of blue sky unveiling some fantastic views. Hamish arrived on the mountain about 10 am after a big night out with his boys.

We skied to Annupuri. Paul, Hamish and I went into the bowl through a high gate. The snow was light and deep with some challenging trees. Our legs had turned to jelly by the time we came out at the lower end of a long gully. The girls found some really good groomed runs and met us at the bottom for lunch.

We stuffed ourselves in a 2 hour marathon lunch at the big buffet. Hamish couldn’t take the pace and fell asleep at the table – quite embarassing really.

More great skiing this afternoon as the snow continued to fall. Hamish had an altercation with a tree branch below some deep powder and needed a little help to escape his predicament.

As we were skiing home, we were treated to a magic sunset with Yotei clearly visible. What a great way to end the day.

Hamish after the Annupuri buffet

Hamish after the Annupuri buffet

Yotei sunset

Yotei sunset


More Powder

24/01/2009
Ango in the pow

Ango in the pow

Hamish in the pow

Hamish in the pow

Cathy in the pow

Cathy in the pow

What a difference 24 hours makes. Rain yesterday, epic powder today. The pictures tell the story.


Niseko Jan 22

22/01/2009
Grahams in Niseko

Grahams in Niseko

First day of no snow falling. Bad visibility and wind up high so had to spend most of the day skiing at lower levels. Snow quality still good but looking forward to the next storm coming this weekend. Probably have another rest day tomorrow.

Another shopping trip into Kutchan tonight –¬† its always a mystery what you are actually buying as all package labels are in Japanese.

Hamish and boys here for dinner – a nice quiet night in with hardly any alcohol consumption.


White-out

21/01/2009
Whie-out conditions at top lifts

White-out conditions at top lifts

Cathy in light powder over a groomed run at Hanazono this morning

Cathy in light powder over a groomed run at Hanazono this morning

Lots of light, dry powder fell overnight and this morning. All photos on today’s blog are taken on groomed runs. This morning’s skiing was really good, although the visibility was down to a few metres at times.

Skied with Paul and Vicki (from Gloucester) and Hamish and boys today. Went on a big tour of the resort. Some tired legs and muscle tenderness had some of the group on a bus back from Annupuri.

Forecast for plummeting temperatures and a big dump of the famous Niseko powder this weekend have us all excited.

Off to have dinner with Paul and Vicki tonight.

How nice is this?

How nice is this?


Day Off

19/01/2009

bed-1

Picked a great day to have a rest from skiing. Warm air has moved over us (currently 0 degrees) and there has been a bit of rain down here in the village. This just does not happen in Niseko in January. How can we go from a huge blizzard to this in a couple of days? Must be climate change in action. More snow is forecast tonight so hopefully this is just an aberration.

Anyway, as you can see we are having a very relaxing day. Might go out and do coffee at the bakery.