Niseko Hirafu Ace Hill Hike

After the excitement of yesterday’s snowfall we decided it was time for an early start and a hike up Grand Hirafu Ski Ground to see how much snow had fallen overnight higher up on the mountain.

Another brilliant sunrise….

* Click on the images to view them at a larger size.

What a sunrise! 17 October 2013

What a sunrise! 17 October 2013

Dreamy, 17 October 2013

Dreamy, 17 October 2013

Sunrise on Super, 17 October 2013

Sunrise on Super, 17 October 2013

Hirafu sleeps, 17 October 2013

Hirafu sleeps, 17 October 2013

Approaching the snow line, 17 October 2013

Approaching the snow line, 17 October 2013

The light rain that was falling at village level but turned to snow at the top of the Alpen course.

In the snow, 17 October 2013

In the snow, 17 October 2013

In the snow line at around 700 meters!

Base of the King Hooded Triple Lift, 17 October 2013

Base of the King Hooded Triple Lift, 17 October 2013

Smeared, 17 October 2013

Smeared, 17 October 2013

Ace Hill, 17 October 2013

Ace Hill, 17 October 2013

Getting covered, 17 October 2013

Getting covered, 17 October 2013

Fresh, 17 October 2013

Fresh, 17 October 2013

The snow depth at the Ace Hill was about 2cm.

White green grey, 17 October 2013

White green grey, 17 October 2013

The resort has done a great job cutting back the grass on the courses which means skiing and snowboarding will be possible after the first big dump.

Grand Hirafu Ski Ground is scheduled to open on the 23rd of November.

Autumn Snow, 17 October 2013

Autumn Snow, 17 October 2013

No snow in Hirafu village, 17 October 2013

No snow in Hirafu village, 17 October 2013

Photography by Glen Claydon Photography

  1. That is an amazing photo capturing Hirafu village (the last photo). Presumably it is zoomed in from the photo above. Where was it taken from?

    So lucky we can share the development of the 2013-14 season through your hard work.

    Cheers

    • Hi John – Thanks for sharing your thoughts. The last shot was taken from the base of Mt.Yotei. I recently started using a Nikon D600 which is 24 MP and allows cropping whilst retaining high resolution. The only down side is that you need high quality lenses to retain sharp images. 2.8 lenses or higher all the way 😉 Thanks for following.

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