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January 14, 2015

Annupuri Skiing

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A Sunny Day.

Today it was a sunny day for a change. No new snow but at least the sun was out for a while. The wind was a bit chilly up the top of the mountain but down below it was ok. I took a few photos on my point and shoot. This was last night.


Sean and Mark
Sean and Mark

We took the hooded chair up to the top, then Ace number 4 and traversed across to Annupuri.

Niseko village
Looking towards Niseko Village

We did a few runs down below the quad chair. Then up the Annupuri Gondola to the top of the hill.

Kayo at annupuri

Then traverse back to Hirafu.

annupuri tree
Annupuri tree.

March 17, 2014

Osaka March 2014

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Osaka tourist.

I am spending my last day in Osaka before heading back to Australia tonight. Here is the view from my hotel window this morning. At least I can see the sky.

view from hotel window
View from my window.

Before lunch I went to the hundred yen shop, had a cup of coffee, then went for a walk across the road to Shinsekai. This is the alley where all the izakayas are at. They are very popular and people line up trying to get in around lunch time.

Shinsekai alleyway.

Kuromon markets are a favourite with me every time I am in Osaka. Here are a couple of crabs in a box for sale.

crabs in a box.
Crabs in a box.

I always seem to spot a TV crew around this area. Today was no exception. There are so many food shows on TV in Japan that one gets bored with them.

film crew
Filming the cook.

March 12, 2014

Annupuri Skiing in March

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Niseko Annapuri.

This morning I headed over to Annapuri. I had a bit of a little stash of snow that I thought may not be totally tracked out. There was about ten centimeters of new snow last night and it had just kept the old stuff a bit fresh.

Annapuri piste 01
Annapuri pistes

First run was down gate 1, which had a little bit of new snow but icy underneath in patches. Then I went up the Annapuri Quad chair and over the ridge. I just did laps like that for the rest of the morning.

Annapuri piste 02
Annapuri piste 2

On the way home, I went through gate 7 and skied the gully under the double chair lift.

Niseko Village
Looking towards Niseko Village

Annapuri piste 03
Snowboarder at Annapuri

March 6, 2014

Hanazono Powder Guides

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Hanazono Skiing.

Joe from Hanazono picked me up from the hostel in Hirafu at 7am. There were three other Australian skiers and a couple of Japanese snowboarders in the group. We got to Hanazono and filled in the forms and then were shown how to use the beacons, shovels and probes. We were provided with a good backpack.

Hanzono Powder Guides
Hanazono Powder Guide

I took off with Joe as my guide, whilst the Aussies went with Mark and the two Japanese snowboarders went with a Japanese guide. We went up Hanazono #1 lift at about a quarter to eight and went into Strawberry Fields. At the top it was pretty wind-packed but as we got down the slope it got really nice. I guess we had got about twenty centimeters of fresh snow overnight.

Joe the guide and me
Joe and Me.

After that, we went down the Legend of Shinya piste, which was well covered but still a bit bumpy. Then down Blueberry Fields and another couple of runs down Strawberry Fields.

meathook in the fog
The meathook in the fog

The fog was pretty intense so we did not head up to Hanazono #3 lift. You could hardly see anything.

February 25, 2014

Hirafu and Annapuri

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A sunny day out.

Yesterday was nice and sunny, so I had a few runs at Hirafu and then went over to Annapuri. There was no powder left. It was all tracked out and even my little stashes had been vandalised.

Snow Cave
David building a snow cave.

Looking past Kutchan from Hirafu.

Moiwa ski resort
Moiwa Ski Resort seen from Annapuri.

Mt Yotei
Mount Yotei seen from Annapuri.

February 10, 2014

Niseko Skiing

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Niseko Village.

There has not been any fresh snow for about three days and I was gettting a bit toey, so I went for a ski this morning to get rid of the cobwebs.

Niseko Hilton
Niseko Hilton Hotel

I did a few runs down from the hooded triple at Hirafu, then headed for the Gondola at Niseko Village.

Me in Niseko Gondola
Me in the Gondola

Superstition trees
Superstition trees

Niseko Village SW
Country off to the South-west

And here is a bonus photo from night skiing about a week ago.

Hirafu nighta
Night skiing at Hirafu.

February 3, 2014

Skiing with Friends

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Skiing at Annapuri.

This morning I had to catch the bus to Annapuri because the top lifts at Hirafu were closed. The bus was super crowded. What a nightmare! I met my friend Toyo at the Nook restaurant and had fried chicken (Yakitori) and rice.

Me and Toyo
Me and Toyo at Annapuri.



Toyo and Xiu
Toyo and Xinyu skiing

Xiu skiing
Xinyu skiing

January 28, 2014

Niseko Village Onsen

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To the Onsen.

This afternoon I went with my mate Toshi to the Onsen at Niseko Village.

Snow clearing Niseko village
Snow clearing at Niseko Village.

We stopped at the Post Office for a while so I took some photos of the main street.

Toshi at Niseko Post Office
Toshi at the Post Office.

After that we went to the onsen where we had a bath and jumped into the icy cold water outside. I met my old mate Kohei, whom I had met at Jindabyne.

My mate Kohei
Me and Kohei.

January 25, 2014

Niseko Night Skiing

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Hirafu Gondola.

Last night I went night skiing at Hirafu with the Swedish kids. There was no new snow so the pistes were pretty chopped up and cruddy.

Me in Gondola
Me in the gondola at Hirafu.

Swedish guys
The Swedish Kids.

There was some fresh snow a couple of days ago. It was strange because up top the snow was wind-packed and heavy and down low in the trees there was fresh stuff that was lots lighter.

Swinging Monkey
My tracks at the Swinging Monkey

January 17, 2014

Niseko on a Friday

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Sunny in Niseko.

Today was sunny for a change and I even got a bit sunburnt. I headed up to the Gondola about eight thirty and had a few warm-up runs before I headed over to the quad chair.

My room-mate Yusuke.

I had a few runs on Ace Number three chair. The powder was all right, but a bit patchy with wind-packed stretches.

King hooded lift
Going up Ace #3 chair-lift.

That was looking towards skiers right of King Number three hooded lift. You can see new lines going through the fresh powder. After that I went up Ace Number four chair and traversed across to Annapuri. Annapuri had hardly any people so it was straight onto the chairs without any waiting at all.

Mount Annapuri.

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