Finally arrived at Niseko. Bit of drama getting here with snow clearing on the runway at Sapporo putting our plane into a holding patten for over 2 hours. The pilot said we could only wait another 10 minutes before we had to divert to another airport. Thank goodness we lucked out and were able to land.
Talk about being hit in the bum by a rainbow. Biggest single dump of snow for the season started when we arrived in Hirafu. 50cm overnight and probably that much again today. We had to walk through thigh deep snow just to get out of our apartment this morning. On our first warm-up run we ended up in neck deep powder – hard to see and breathe – really did need a snorkel.. The groomed runs were covered in thigh deep powder. What a start to our skiing.
Heavy snow all day reduced visibility but the snow was light and dry. After many visits to Japan, I think today was the deepest snow I have skied in.
Going into Kutchan for some grocery and grog shopping tonight.
Hope the visibility improves so I can take the camera tomorrow to get some shots of this insane snow.