Niseko’s Green Season, the Adventure Begins.

Last weekend the southern hemisphere’s snow season got underway with resorts in New Zealand, Australia and South America opening to great conditions. Here in Niseko the transformation into the green season is almost complete with the last remnants of snow disappearing.

Niseko rice fields with Mt. Yotei in the background, 4 June 2012

Niseko rice fields with Mt. Yotei in the background, 4 June 2012

Mt. Annupuri range from the Kutchan potato fields, 5 June 2012

Mt. Annupuri range from the Kutchan potato fields, 5 June 2012

It is an amazing time of year in Niseko, the summer growth cycle is in full force with vegetation exploding after the long winter. Some say the best way to experience the seasonal natural glory is by pedal power on either a road bike or mountain bike.

Christie powering along on the road bike, 4 June 2012

Christie powering along on the road bike, 4 June 2012

Kutchan side from Goshiki with Mt. Iwaonupuri in the background, 8 June 2012

Kutchan side from Goshiki with Mt. Iwaonupuri in the background, 8 June 2012

The beautiful quiet rolling roads perfect road cycling are well know but there is also a vast network of mountain bike trails suitable for beginners and experts alike all over the greater Niseko region.

* Caution is advised always ride in a group as there are bears in the area.

Kagami-numa trail bear warning sign, 3 June 2012

Kagami-numa trail bear warning sign, 3 June 2012

For those prepared the trails offer some serious fun.

The group about to drop, 3 June 2012

The group about to drop, 3 June 2012

Take a look at this non stop 6 minute descent following Paul Butkovich from Rhythm Cycles last weekend.

For anyone living in the area or visiting Niseko and are interested in cycling check out Rhythm Cycles in Hirafu who have an extensive range of rental bikes, cycling goods and also offer guided road and mountain bike tours.

Glen Claydon Photography getting the shots.

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