First Tracks in Niseko for the 2013-2014 Season

After the first snowfall came in Hirafu village on the 8th the next morning was amazing. No wind, no clouds and a beautiful layer of fresh snow coating everything.

Hirafu-zaka and the mega Mt.Yotei, 9 November 2013

Hirafu-zaka and the mega Mt.Yotei, 9 November 2013

With a solid layer of 10-15cm at the base of the mountain chances were good for some very ride-able snow higher up on the mountain.

Fresh, 9 November 2013

Fresh, 9 November 2013

With a quick call to Sam from Niseko Xtreme Tours we were soon hiking up the mountain with everyone’s favorite dog in town, Woodley.

Will let the photos and the video do most of the talking.

Mr Kerr, 9 November 2013

Mr Kerr, 9 November 2013

Woodley loves the pow, 9 November 2013

Woodley loves the pow, 9 November 2013

Hokus Pokus, 9 November 2013

Hokus Pokus, 9 November 2013

Green course panorama, 9 November 2013

Green course panorama, 9 November 2013

Is this really happening... 9 November 2013

Is this really happening… 9 November 2013

Sam and Woodley scoping line, 9 November 2013

Sam and Woodley scoping lines, 9 November 2013

Woodley leads the way, 9 November 2013

Woodley leads the way, 9 November 2013

Nearly there, 9 November 2013

Nearly there, 9 November 2013

Sweet pow, 9 November 2013

Sweet pow, 9 November 2013

Getting the shots, 9 November 2013

Getting the shots, 9 November 2013

Upper Hirafu and Mt. Annupuri, 9 November 2013

Upper Hirafu and Mt. Annupuri, 9 November 2013

Approaching the drop zone, 9 November 2013

Approaching the drop zone, 9 November 2013

Our goal was Ace Hill at the top of center 4 and after hiking for an hour we made it. The snow up there was around 30-40cm with deeper wind blown sections. Game on.

Incredible to think that we went from basically no snow to 40cm of light fluffy powder in 24 hours.

Best mates, 9 November 2013

Best mates, 9 November 2013

Set up turn, 9 November 2013

Set up turn, 9 November 2013

Sam in the whiteroom, 9 November 2013

In the whiteroom, 9 November 2013

Cruising, 9 November 2013

Cruising, 9 November 2013

Lower down the snow was heavier but still lots of fun.

Ollie practice, 9 November 2013

Ollie practice, 9 November 2013

Woodley on fire, 9 November 2013

Woodley on fire, 9 November 2013

Made it down to the base with only one small scratch on the board. An epic start to the season….and the season hasn’t even started yet!

Lifts start running on November 23.

Photography and video by Glen Claydon Photography and Powdershots Niseko.