What a morning in Niseko

I have been wondering today which is better, early season powder turns or late season powder turns? It is a tough choice but the fact both are incredible and liberating when you get them…they were this morning in Hirafu with Stu and James.

Stu quietly confident, 3 April 2012

Stu quietly confident, 3 April 2012

James getting psyched on the gondola, 3 April 2012

James getting psyched on the gondola, 3 April 2012

Our first run was down Konayuki, the turns weren’t bottomless everywhere but in places beautiful. With strong winds blowing Swinging Monkey was the highest lift operating and we headed over to Hanazono.

Falling over trying to one foot to Strawberry fields in Hanazono - DEEP, 3 April 2012

Falling over trying to one foot to Strawberry fields in Hanazono - DEEP, 3 April 2012

We found some great wind drifts in areas and Strawberry Fields was sweet in patches but we thought Miharashi may have been better for us and headed back to Hirafu. BINGO!

James wishing we were there, 3 April 2012

James wishing we were there, 3 April 2012

Stu pushing the powder around in Miharashi, 3 April 2012

Stu pushing the powder around in Miharashi, 3 April 2012

James with some powder steeze in Miharashi, 3 April 2012

James with some powder steeze in Miharashi, 3 April 2012

Stu deep in a Miharashi powder puff, 3 April 2012

Stu deep in a Miharashi powder puff, 3 April 2012

James enjoying the spring powder in Miharashi , 3 April 2012

James enjoying the spring powder in Miharashi , 3 April 2012

So good.Temperatures have warmed up this afternoon and the snow has turned to rain at village level but the outlook for the next few day is promising for more snow – high five!

High five Hirafu, 3 April 2012

High five Hirafu, 3 April 2012

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