Niseko Hirafu – Downloading for the Final 3 Days

What a difference one day makes.Yesterday it was shirts off weather and today gloomy grey skies and the end top to bottom skiing in Hirafu.

Telemarker enjoying top to bottom turns yesterday in Hirafu, 2 May 2012

Telemarker enjoying top to bottom turns yesterday in Hirafu, 2 May 2012

Looking up what remains of the Alpen course, 3 May 2012

Looking up what remains of the Alpen course, 3 May 2012

It's over, 3 May 2012

It's over, 3 May 2012

With the coverage on the Alpen course finally succumbing to spring this signals the final death-knell for top to bottom skiing in Hirafu for the 2011-12 season.

Skiers struggling, 2 May 2012

Skiers struggling, 2 May 2012

Downloading, 3 May 2012

Downloading, 3 May 2012

Can't get enough - all smiles, 3 May 2012

Can't get enough - all smiles, 3 May 2012

Fun skis!! , 3 May 2012

Fun skis!! , 3 May 2012

The group descends, 3 May 2012

The group descends, 3 May 2012

The final pitch, 3 May 2012

The final pitch, 3 May 2012

Still smiling, 3 May 2012

Still smiling, 3 May 2012

Until next season Alpen Course!

Spring shoots emerging on the Alpen course, 3 May 2012

Spring shoots emerging on the Alpen course, 3 May 2012