Akio-san the Lone Niseko Summer Skier

Cycling over the Mt.Annupuri range yesterday from the Hanazono direction on route 58 the north face was still looking worthy of a few summer turns.

Mt. Annupuri North Face, 4 June 2013

Mt. Annupuri North Face, 4 June 2013


While wondering about the possibility of bears in the area I was startled to see a lone skier emerging from the thick woods by the side of the road!

Chance encounter - Akio-san after sking the north face of Mt.Annupuri, 4 June 2013

Chance encounter – Akio-san after sking the north face of Mt.Annupuri, 4 June 2013

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Akio-san had hiked to the peak and said the views were fantastic and the skiing incredible – “The snow was excellent and it felt great in the beautiful weather”.

1 meter base on the edge of route 58, 4 June 2013

1 meter base on the edge of route 58, 4 June 2013

Akio-san on a high, 4 June 2013

Akio-san on a high, 4 June 2013

Not so much snow on the northwest face towards Goshiki onsen.

Snowman on route 58 with the northwest face of Mt. Annupuri in the background, 4 June 2013

Snowman on route 58 with the northwest face of Mt. Annupuri in the background, 4 June 2013

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