First Tracks 2008 – 2011

As Niseko Hirafu awaits winter and the first snow fall of the 2012-13 season why not take a look back at some images from the first snowfall in Hirafu village and first tracks at Niseko Mt. Resort Grand Hirafu.

2008 First tracks with Mike Richards AKA “Mike Pow”, 4 November.

Mike enjoying some early turns, 4 November 2008

Mike enjoying some early turns, 4 November 2008

Mike enjoying the morning, 4 November 2008

Mike enjoying the morning, 4 November 2008

Mike heading down Alpen course, 4 November 2008

Mike heading down Alpen course, 4 November 2008

Jumbo turns, 5 November 2008

Jumbo turns, 5 November 2008

Mike Kokutai, 5 November 2008

Mike Kokutai, 5 November 2008

Mike slicing his way down Kokutai, 5 November 2008

Mike slicing his way down Kokutai, 5 November 2008

2009 First snowfall in Hirafu village, 31 October

First snowfall in Hirafu village, 31 October 2009

First snowfall in Hirafu village, 31 October 2009

First snowfall in Hirafu upper village, 31 October 2009

First snowfall in Hirafu upper village, 31 October 2009

The old Hirafu Gondola, 31 October 2009

The old Hirafu Gondola, 31 October 2009

2009 First tracks with Jess Ripper AKA “Iron Man”, 3 November.

Hiking up for first runs with Jess, 3 November 2009

Hiking up for first runs with Jess, 3 November 2009

A Grand Hirafu staff member taking the easy way up the mountain, 3 November 2009

A Grand Hirafu staff member taking the easy way up the mountain, 3 November 2009

Jess flying down Kokutai, 3 November 2009

Jess flying down Kokutai, 3 November 2009

Yeah baby, 3 November 2009

Yeah baby, 3 November 2009

Diggin' deep, 3 November 2009

Diggin’ deep, 3 November 2009

Alpen course, 3 November 2009

Alpen course, 3 November 2009

2010 First snowfall in Hirafu village, 26 October

First snowfall in Hirafu Village, 26 October 2010

First snowfall in Hirafu Village, 26 October 2010

First snowfall in upper Hirafu Village, 26 October 2010

First snowfall in upper Hirafu Village, 26 October 2010

The beautiful Mt.Annupuri, 26 October 2010

The beautiful Mt.Annupuri, 26 October 2010

2010 First tracks with Nick and Paul, 27 October

Nick and Paul hiking up Sennoki for first tracks, 27 October 2010

Nick and Paul hiking up Sennoki for first tracks, 27 October 2010

Nick and Paul Alpen course, 27 October 2010

Nick and Paul Alpen course, 27 October 2010

Nice shot, 27 October 2010

Nice shot, 27 October 2010

Eyes on the prize, 27 October 2010

Eyes on the prize, 27 October 2010

Paul, 27 October 2010

Paul, 27 October 2010

Nick - Kokutai, 27 October 2010

Nick – Kokutai, 27 October 2010

Early powder, 27 October 2010

Early powder, 27 October 2010

2011 First snowfall in Hirafu village, 15 November

Hirafu Shrine in Izumikyo first snowfall in the village, 15 November 2011

Hirafu Shrine in Izumikyo first snowfall in the village, 15 November 2011

2011 First tracks, 16 October

First tracks posse, 16 November 2011

First tracks posse, 16 November 2011

Woodly catching a snowball, 16 November 2011

Woodly catching a snowball, 16 November 2011

Sam flicking around some powder - Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Sam flicking around some powder – Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Thorsten taking it easy down Kokutai, 16 November 2012

Thorsten taking it easy down Kokutai, 16 November 2012

Stu all smiles - Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Stu all smiles – Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Ben mixing business with pleasure, 16 November 2011

Ben mixing business with pleasure, 16 November 2011

Marika enjoying the moment, 16 November 2011

Marika enjoying the moment, 16 November 2011

Marika heading down Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Marika heading down Kokutai, 16 November 2011

Nikabe, 16 November 2011

Nikabe, 16 November 2011

Hotdoggin' Nikabe, 16 November 2011

Hotdoggin’ Nikabe, 16 November 2011

Alpen, 16 November 2011

Alpen, 16 November 2011

This morning was wet but the sunrise cast a beautiful orange light through the village.

Sunrise over Mt. Yotei from Sunsports in Hirafu, 1 November 2012

Sunrise over Mt. Yotei from Sunsports in Hirafu, 1 November 2012

A pot of gold in Hirafu? 1 November 2012

A pot of gold in Hirafu? 1 November 2012

Rainy morning in Hirafu, 1 November 2012

Rainy morning in Hirafu, 1 November 2012

Still waiting for the first snowfall in Hirafu Village this year….check out the Kutchannel’s popular First Snow contest to see when people are expecting the goods!

Please bear in mind that hiking and then skiing the resort with minimal snow is inherently dangerous. 360niseko.com does not condone riding the resort on minimal snow pack and anyone who does hike the mountain before it has been officially opened does so at their own risk.

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