Yesterday in Grand Hirafu Gate number 3 opened at 9:30 and the Annupuri Peak Winter Hike was on in earnest.
I hadn’t had a chance to hike up the peak this year and set off from the Ace Quad Lift #2 Center 4 with Grover and Ned at 9:25 thinking we would still be able to get some fresh lines off the peak around 40 minutes later.
Once we got on the Ace Pair Lift #3 and looked up towards the peak saw the first person drop down Fujiwara – nice.
The sheer number of people hiking blew me away.
We made it to the peak in good time and had a sweet run down to Niseko Annupuri but we will have to be quicker next time to score fresh lines.