Today’s typhoon brought pretty wild weather and what is almost snow at village level … well sleety, slushy accumulation anyway. We imagine that up high you could probably strap a board on or click into an old pair of skis and slide around a bit, though you would need to a pretty hardy type as it blowing hard enough to take paint of a house right now and the last of the autumn leaves are zipping around like air-bourne garden mulch. If it gets colder overnight tomorrow could be interesting!
An early Yeti foot-print sighting?
Looking up the mountain from the Hirafu Gondola Station.
Autumn giving in to Winter on the mountain.
The lift side of the Alpen Hotel at 11.30AM.
Log cabin contrast at the lift closest to the Alpen Hotel.
Hirafu ticket office lawn going under.
Sasa grass getting loaded up.
The Welcome Centre at Hirafu dwarfed by the new Skye Niseko building site.
Red,w hite and green.
Remenants of Halloween going under.
More contrast but this time the streetside sign on the front end of the Alpen Hotel
Looking up the mountain at the Hirafu Gondola lifts.
Red and white contrast at the Hirafu Gondola station car-park.
Looking up the mountain at the Niseko Village run ajacent to the Banzi chair.
Looking skyward at the freshly painted Annupuri Jumbo quad.