Niseko Open for the 2017-18 Season!

The season has started!!!

Today Grand Hirafu opened for the 2017-18 season!! After the deluge of snow over the last week there gave us plenty of snow coverage especially higher up on the mountain but over all opening day has not quite lived up to the hype. Ridable terrain is limited to the Center course off the Ace Pair Lift #3. Downloading is in effect until more snow arrives with the Ace Quad Lift #2 Center 4 provide access too and from the action higher up on the mountain. Today’s weather is pretty bad with rain and a thick fog. Snow is on the forecast this afternoon so fingers crossed for improved conditions before too long.

The annual opening ceremony was quickly convened indoors at the Alpen Hotel. Here are some shots of proceedings.

Opening ceremony offerings, 23 Nov 2017

Opening ceremony offerings, 23 Nov 2017

Offering a prayer for the season, 23 Nov 2017

Offering a prayer for the season, 23 Nov 2017

Good thoughts....

Good thoughts….

Local dignitaries, 23 Nov2017

Local dignitaries, 23 Nov2017

Blessings, 23 Nov 2017

Blessings, 23 Nov 2017

Reading the blessing, 23 Nov 2017

Reading the blessing, 23 Nov 2017

Head bowed

Head bowed

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A deep bow

A deep bow

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Colin Hackworth receiving an offering to present.

Colin Hackworth receiving an offering to present.

Opening day shredders, 23 Nov 2017

Opening day shredders, 23 Nov 2017

Meanwhile at the carpark!

Meanwhile at the carpark!

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