Niseko First Tracks 2011

The volume and quality of snow fall over the last few days has been exceptional, which meant only one thing. Time to ride…

At 6am this morning a crew of ten riders and Woodley the dog met outside the Alpen Hotel to hike up the mountain and blast back down!

Hiking up, 16 November 2011

Hiking up, 16 November 2011

The sun god giving Hirafu village some early morning love, 16 November 2011

The sun god giving Hirafu village some early morning love, 16 November 2011

Sam smashing out the first tracks, 16 November 2011

Sam smashing out the first tracks, 16 November 2011

Marika up front with Ben and Woodley chasing, 16 November 2011

Marika up front with Ben and Woodley chasing, 16 November 2011

Stu making his first rooster tail of the season, 16 November 2011

Stu making his first rooster tail of the season, 16 November 2011

Thorsten as always making waves, 16 November 2011

Thorsten as always making waves, 16 November 2011

Chris owning the Kokutai ski run, 16 November 2011

Chris owning the Kokutai ski run, 16 November 2011

Marika making a wake, 16 November 2011

Marika making a wake, 16 November 2011

Paul's powder poncho, 16 November 2011

Paul's powder poncho, 16 November 2011

James throwing up a powder blanket, 16 November 2011

James throwing up a powder blanket, 16 November 2011

Ben finding a powder stash, 16 November 2011

Ben finding a powder stash, 16 November 2011

Woodley loving his first tracks, 16 November 2011

Woodley loving his first tracks, 16 November 2011

The First Tracks Crew, 16 November 2011

The First Tracks Crew, 16 November 2011

By the time everyone made it down it was almost time for work, but the Alpen ski run looked really tasty so four riders hiked back up to put some tracks down that too, with Paul opting for the Noboard.

Paul getting an early face shot, 16 November 2011

Paul getting an early face shot, 16 November 2011

Three riders on the Alpen ski run, 16 November 2011

Three riders on the Alpen ski run, 16 November 2011

Four fresh tracks on the Alpen ski run, 16 November 2011

Four fresh tracks on the Alpen ski run, 16 November 2011

A big thank you to all the crew for making this one of the best mornings ever.

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  1. David Brophy says:

    OMG I’m missing it… Should have got there earlier… I don’t arrive until the 1st Dec… Save some pow for me!

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  3. Philip Thomson says:

    Absolutely amazing photos there. Particularly the Sun breaking through over Mt Yotei

    Best shot is the excitement on Woodleys face, May I ask what breed of Dog Woodley is?

    Cheers

    • Thank you for the compliment on the photos, it was an incredible morning and not often we see the sun like that.

      Woodley is a mixed breed of Awesomeness and Border Collie!

      Cheers

  4. Miyagi C says:

    Outstanding !
    May the great snow god look kindly
    on that hill for the next 4 months.

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