Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

January 17, 2015

Niseko Sunny Day

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Yesterday the sun came out again. No new snow.

super ridge
Super Ridge


Looking towards Kutchan from up the top of Hirafu.

niseko peak
The peak at Hirafu

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Hirafu Peak

December 24, 2013

Christmas Eve Skiing

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Niseko, Hirafu.

There was more snow last night, probably about ten to twenty centimeters. I am still taking it easy and trying to get my legs fit for skiing. But they are really hurting at the moment.

First run down the super

I took these shots from the Ace Quad number two chairlift of the first skiers shooting down the Super run. It gets chopped out really quickly.

Another punter down the super run

And here is the archetypal shot of Mount Yotei in between some of the lodges near the Ace Family lift.

Mount Yotei

February 13, 2013

Niseko warms up

Filed under: Japan — Tags: , , — steve_happ @ 1:42 pm

Early spring in Hirafu.

This morning I was very tired after a few mornings in a row of fresh powder. There was no new snow so we went up the mountain to take some photos.

Alex turns Miharashi
Alex turns at Miharashi woods

The first run we had down Miharashi woods. The snow was mostly chopped out and there were bits and pieces of soft wettish snow around. Alex and Andreas went over a bit of a jump but Andreas did a back slap.

Alex jumps Miharashi
Alex makes the jump at Miharashi Woods

After a few runs down Miharashi, we went to waterfall. Alex went over a jump there a few times. The snow was even wetter and heavier here. I had to take off most of my t-shirts it was so hot. I was steaming up my goggles I was sweating so much.

Alex jumps waterfall
Alex stomps Waterfall

February 6, 2013

Niseko Ski Fun

Filed under: Japan — Tags: , , , — steve_happ @ 11:06 am

Hirafu, Niseko, Annapuri Ski Resorts.

This morning I headed up the Hirafu Gondola with Alexander and Andreas, my two mates from Sweden. The day was clear and the wind had died down. First up, we skied down to Niseko Village through the trees and down the gullies. Then up the gondola and headed off to Annapuri. We went through Gate 1 and traversed a little bit then went down the fall line. Up top the snow was icy due to the previous days’s wind.

Andreas gate 7
Andreas going down Gate 7

Then we headed up the quad chair and another double and went through Gate 7. Mostly it was tracked out. But there were a few patches of fresh snow here and there.

Alex gate 7
Alex turning it on

After Annapuri, we headed back to Hirafu and headed through Gate 9 to the waterfall run.

Alex gate 9
Alex backhand turn at waterfall

Andreas gate 9

These next photos are by Alexander Ovinder Photography , thanks for letting me use them. 🙂

Andreas jumps
Andreas doing a yump

Andreas at waterfall
Then turning

Finaly I got some photos of me. woohoo.

me turning
Me turning at waterfall

Me at Hirafu.
Me, gone.

January 26, 2013

Niseko Night Skiing

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Hirafu Nighta.

It has been snowing all day so tonight I went night skiing at Niseko Hirafu resort.

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Up top near the top of Ace quad chair

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Skiing the nighta

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Night time skiing at Niseko

A few days ago the sun was out and I took some photos of the peak at Niseko.

Niseko peak
Mount Annapuri

And this is my clearest photo of Mount Yohtei yet.

Mount Yohtei
Mount Yohtei

January 22, 2013

Hirafu Terrain Park

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Hirafu, Niseko, Hokkaido.

There was no snow again here in Niseko. The sun was also out, so I decided to go for a walk to get some sun and photograph the jumps at the Hirafu Terrain Park. I just had to walk up the road to the car park then climb up some stairs and I was on the park.

Hirafu Aerials 1
Young guy taking a leap

I took the 400mm lens to try it out. Big mistake. It is not much good for photographing terrain parks. You have to get too far away from the skiers. The 50mm is a much better option for jumps. You do not learn unless you try new things. I am not afraid of failure. Some of the photos turned out despite my reservations. You be the judge.

Hirafu Aerials 2
He has got his happy face on

This guy was pretty stoked to be going over the big jump and had a huge smile on his face. It is good to see someone enjoying themselves flying through the air.

Pooh Bear jumps
Pooh Bear all jumbled up

As well as a performing Pooh Bear, there was a dinosaur. Possibly it was Dorothy.

Hirafu Aerials 3
Rotating in the air


My mate Alex from Sweden. In our hostel there are Australians, Swedes and Koreans.

Hirafu Aerials 4
Getting Sideways

Hirafu Aerials 5

December 29, 2012

Niseko – Japan

Filed under: Japan — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 7:05 am


I made it to Niseko. Actually I have been here for a week and this is the first time I have got the camera out. This is the early morning going up the Ace Quad chair at Hirafu in Niseko. The lifts start operating at 8:30am.

Ace quad chair
Ace Quad chair

This is the ridge to skiers right of the Ace quad chair. It has been pretty much tracked out because there had not been any snow overnight except wind-blown stuff.

super Ridge
Super Ridge

On the way to the Seico-mart konbini store, I saw this guy blowing snow out of the car park of Hokkaido Tracks. I love snow machinery.

Blowing snow
Blowing snow.

This is Mount Yotei, a dormant strato-volcano to the west of Niseko. It last erupted about three thousand years ago. The sea is just behind it somewhere.

Mount Yotei
Mount Yotei

This is looking up the road at Hirafu towards the ski slopes.

Hirafu ski slopes
Hirafu ski slopes

There are heaps of vans selling hot dogs and other types of foods and snacks.

Food van
Food van

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