Mt. Aunnupuri Pictorial Essay

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As the ebb and flow into winter continues the snow line is waltzing it’s way up and down Mt. Annupuri. Although there was no new snowfall in Hirafu village this morning it was a great to see a fresh dusting higher up on the mountain. Please enjoy the view. Photography – Glen Claydon Photography


Amaru – The Return Of Tex-Mex

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Local restaurateurs Takayo & Brett are opening the doors of Amaru tonight – the latest incarnation of their famous Tex-Mex restaurant/bar – and you’ll finally be able to see what’s been under those curtains. The bar will be opening tonight from 7pm – it’s going to be very festive and not something you want to   …Continue Reading


Grand Hirafu Postpones Opening Day

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Grand Hirafu have announce that they will be postponing their scheduled opening day for a week due to a lack of snow. With 20cm at the base and 50cm at the peak conditions aren’t quite there. Please take a look at Grand Hirafu’s report. Here’s hoping for some fresh snow before too long and that   …Continue Reading


A Slower Start Than Expected

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After the excellent snowfall and excitement of first tracks last week conditions have pretty much stayed cold but without the expected snowfall. At this stage it looks like we will have to wait until next week for decent snowfall. Chances are good that Grand Hirafu will open as scheduled tomorrow on the 22nd. It is   …Continue Reading


Niseko Snow Report, 19 November 2014

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*2cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. A nice dusting of fresh stuff around the village this morning. Every Flake is Sacred Conditions are now expected to warm up on Friday with the possibility of rain in Kutchan. Chances are good that   …Continue Reading


JAM Cafe Bar 2014-15 Opening

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We’ve had our first storm for the season, which delivered a nice blanket of snow, but the ski grounds aren’t open yet, so what’s an eager skiier/snowboader to do? You can head over to JAM Cafe Bar, which opens tonight for the 2014-15 season. All drinks are available and their food service will start opperating   …Continue Reading


Niseko Snow Report, 18 November 2014

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*0.5cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:30 today the temperature was -2°C. Cold temperatures have persisted for the last few days and it is presently snowing lightly in Hirafu Village. Looks like we can expect continued sporadic snowfall throughout the week and chances remain high that Grand   …Continue Reading


Niseko Snow Report, 16 November 2014

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*4.5cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was 0°C. Yesterday the snowfall continued throughout the day until mid afternoon and we have only had a dusting since then. Temperatures are expected to rise today but this shouldn’t make too much of a difference to   …Continue Reading


Niseko Snow Report, 15 November 2014

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*18cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 6:30 today the temperature was 0°C. Continued snowfall and cold temperatures have continued unabated over the last 24 hours.Whoop whoop. The wind has died down but presently visibility is very limited with heavy snowfall continuing. Even the NHK weatherman on last   …Continue Reading


Niseko Snow Report, 14 November 2014

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*10cm of fresh snow has fallen in the last 24hrs in Hirafu Village. At 7:00 today the temperature was 0°C. The first big winter storm continues unabated here in Niseko. The 10cm on the snow station is not indicative of how much has fallen due to the gale force winds that have accompanied the snowfall.   …Continue Reading