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

niseko peak 2
Hirafu Peak

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 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

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

December 22, 2013

First Day Skiing

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Hirafu, Niseko

This was my first day skiing today. I took it very easy, getting my legs in and my balance. All these photos are by my friend Tai.

Me and my friend Tai

There was about ten centimeters of fresh snow but it was icy and hard underneath it.

On the piste at Hirafu

I HATE skiing

It is just so exhausting

February 6, 2013

Niseko Ski Fun

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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.

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