Summer has arrived with temperatures forecast to reach 27 degrees today in Niseko. After meeting Akio-san the lone Niseko summer skier on Tuesday i have been thinking about skiing the north face of Mt. Annupuri. Having never skied in June before it seemed like a good chance to give it a go.
Liam, Tomoko, Hamilton and i set off from route 58 at around 12 and hiked as high as we could on what remained of the snow pack.
Hiking up the steep north face was not that easy. Initially we used snowshoes and skins but quickly resorted to boot packing up the firm base. The bugs were also nasty!
In the last 3 days the summer temperatures have melted the base significantly but we were able to make it to within 200m of the summit after hiking for an hour.
Dropping in the snow was excellent – firm fast summer corn!
Being able to turns in like this in June was a treat.
The final section was a little tricky through the tight trees but everyone made it back down with out any problems
It was a real adventure and great to have friends there to share it with.