Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

February 3, 2012

Furano Ski Hosts

Filed under: Japan,Skiing — Tags: — steve_happ @ 10:27 am

Snow Deprivation.

There has been no snow for about four days here in Furano. I am starting to go a bit troppo. The other day I went out skiing just to keep up my fitness. The guys from the Alpine went out in their hot air balloons and we could see tham from up on the mountain. I managed to snag this shot which was lucky because they were really too far away for a decent photo.

hot air balloon
Hot Air Balloon over Furano

Someone had told me that Totoro was at the bottom of the single chair in Kitanomine and I thought it was some dude in a Totoro costume. But it was a snow sculpture that the lifties had been doing. Nearly every lift has a snow sculpture at the bottom. They must have a contest or something going on. If you do not already know, Totoro is a character out of a Studio Ghibli anime movie.

Totoro Snow Sculpture

This morning I got up early and went for a ski with Boris. While waiting I took some photos of my room-mate Gareth. I have not done a lot of portrait photography so I am just learning. Today I realised I have no idea how to process portraits of humans. I know how to do birds and animals, but not humans. I must do a tutorial and learn how.


At the ski-jo, we ran into the ladies from the child minding facility, Kojima Academy.

Kojima Academy
Kojima Academy

And the snow sculpture at the bottom of the Kitanomine Gondola. I have no idea what it is. doh!

snow sculpture
Snow sculpture

During the morning we skied with the Ski Hosts. You can book the previous day, and the nice locals will show you around the mountain for free. It is a great service and one that new visitors to Furano should take advantage of.

Furano ski hosts
With the Ski hosts at the top of the Ropeway

And, it started snowing during the day, so it looks like the drought has broken. woot!

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