1st May and Fresh Snow!

With the start of a new month it seemed like a good time to head over to Niseko Annupuri Ski Ground for some fresh tracks on the groomed runs.

Fogged out, 1 May 2013
Fogged out, 1 May 2013

Niseko Annupuri Nook, 1 May 2013
Niseko Annupuri Nook, 1 May 2013

Despite the foggy condions we headed up Niseko Gondola at 8:30.

Niseko Annupuri - first tracksters, 1 May 2013
Niseko Annupuri – first tracksters, 1 May 2013

Niseko Annupuri Gondola Ride, 1 May 2013
Niseko Annupuri Gondola Ride, 1 May 2013

The visability ended up not being too bad at about 100m, our first tracks down Utopia were amazing. Silky fast turns on the un-tracked spring corn!

Fantastic spring corn snow, 1 May 2013
Fantastic spring corn snow, 1 May 2013

After a quick run all the way back to base on the 2nd run we ventured up higher from the top of the gondola and caught the Jumbo Pair Lift # 4 and were surprised to find 2cm of fresh snow at the top!!

Fresh! 1 May 2013
Fresh! 1 May 2013

2cm of fresh snow on the Champion ski run, 1 May 2013
2cm of fresh snow on the Champion ski run, 1 May 2013

Fresh snow, 1 May 2013
Fresh snow, 1 May 2013

Niseko Annupuri snow depth under the Jumbo Pair Lift #4, 1 May 2013
Niseko Annupuri snow depth under the Jumbo Pair Lift #4, 1 May 2013

Needless to say – great turns down Champion.

On a more serious note it was sobering to read the Niseko Avalanche Information next to Gate 2 detailing the recent full depth avalanches in the region.

Avalanche information signs near gate 2, 1 May 2013
Avalanche information signs near gate 2, 1 May 2013

Osawa full depth avalanche information that occurred on the 17th of April, 1 May 2013
Osawa full depth avalanche information that occurred on the 17th of April, 1 May 2013

Full depth avalanche information that occurred on the 20th April, 1 May 2013
Full depth avalanche information that occurred on the 20th April, 1 May 2013

Avalanche information - danger zones, 1 May 2013
Avalanche information – danger zones, 1 May 2013

Stay safe out there and have fun.

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