Herbies Umbrella Bar Is Back.

After a one year hiatus Herbies is back!

In 2009/10 Herbies Umbrella Bar was opposite the Park Hotel but this season it has a new home in upper Hirafu village on the former Scot Hotel site.

This season Herbies is being billed as “the ski in, ski out après bar” with great beer, food and even talk of a small terrain park.

The Herbies team have been working hard since Monday to prepare the site and getting the umbrella up.

Thumbs up for the new site, 21 November 2011

Two thumbs up for the new site, 21 November 2011

Unloading the umbrella, 21 November 2011

Unloading the umbrella, 21 November 2011

Herbies umbrella and snowflakes, 21 November 2011

Herbies umbrella and snowflakes, 21 November 2011

Niseko Hirafu - Herbies Umbrella Bar and Headlights, 21 November 2011

Unloading in the snow storm, 21 November 2011

On Monday the team worked all day in a snowstorm, then on Tuesday the weather cleared a little enabling the team to get the massive umbrella in position.

Trying to free the hook from the top of the umbrella, 22 November 2011

Trying to free the hook from the top of the umbrella, 22 November 2011

Freeing the hook from the top of the umbrella in heavy snow up a ladder, 22 November 2011

Freeing the hook from the top of the umbrella in deep snow up a ladder, 22 November 2011

The next day was a blue bird and the scene was set for a picture perfect hoisting of the umbrella.

Herbies Umbella bar coming to life, 23 November 2011

Herbies Umbella Bar coming to life, 23 November 2011

Working hard in the sunshine, 23 November 2011

Working hard in the sunshine, 23 November 2011

Herbies Umbrella Bar in position, 23 November 2011

Herbies Umbrella Bar in position, 23 November 2011

What a view, 23 November 2011

What a view, 23 November 2011

Looking up the hill with some fresh tracks in the background, 23 November 2011

Looking up the hill with some fresh tracks in the background, 23 November 2011

The Herbies team all smiles after hoisting the umbrella, 23 November 2011

The Herbies team all smiles after hoisting the umbrella, 23 November 2011

Herbies Umbrella Bar will be open in December, take a look at the Facebook event page for the exact details.

I grabbed a quick 360 video that gives you a good idea of what an amazing position Herbies is in for the coming 2011/12 winter season.

Glen Claydon Photography getting the shots.

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